Aug 6, 2014

high school edition [finish this]

If I went back to school, I would study... well, I did quit my job and go back to school. For those of you clicking in from the linkup who don't know me well, I quit my job doing equity research for an investment bank to return to school and get my PhD. I've been at this for (more than) a few years and I am ABD. That's grad student speak for all but dissertation. It means I am a full doctoral candidate and the only step I have left is to finish my dissertation. Before James was born, I finished the first draft of my dissertation and now I'm working on edits and rewrites! I have A LOT of work left to do, but I am hopeful I will be able to defend my dissertation this fall and graduate in December!

Fun fact: my mom handed me my diploma at high school graduation.
My favorite subject in school... was most certainly not science. I hated doing science experiments. I think I might be the only kid to ever say that, but it felt like a huge waste of time to perfectly measure things into beakers and mix them or heat them when the textbook told me exactly what was going to happen. Watching a YouTube video would be far more efficient!

My soccer girls. Well, some of them.
I wish I had paid more attention... in Spanish and kept up with it. I know just enough Spanish to piecemeal a conversation with my non English speaking housekeeper but I wish I knew more. I wish I remembered conjugation and verb tenses better. I wish I had a larger vocabulary. I wish I knew more! Living in Texas, being bilingual is a huge asset and we are considering sending the twins to The Spanish House for preschool so they can begin learning. At this preschool they speak Spanish. Lots and lots of Spanish. This helps the young ones learn it when they are little sponges for language. If we decide to go this route for preschool I look forward to relearning Spanish right along side of them!

Senior Portraits.
The dumbest thing I did in high school was... I plead the fifth. I choose not to incriminate myself in such a public forum!

The girls.
In high school, I thought I knew it all. I thought I had it all figured out. Boy was I wrong! Now at 29 I am very well aware of just how little I actually know and how little I have figured out. I miss being a teenager and knowing everything!

 

 

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12 comments:

  1. Wow good for you girlie! What an accomplishment. And I wasn't very strong in Science either. But that was a LONG LONG time ago! hehe

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    1. I kind of dread starting over with science classes when my boys get to school! Ugh. Science.

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  2. YAY! You are almost there my dear. Congratulations. And yes, I wish I would have kept up more with my Spanish as well.. Would have been quite handy :)

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    1. How do we go back and tell our younger selves how valuable it would be?

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  3. ah Spanish! Me too! I was in Spanish class since I could talk (grew up in Houston, it's what you do there) and I wish I'd stuck to it, it's nearly all gone now.
    I love how you included pictures from your scrapbook!

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    1. I started learning Spanish when we lived in El Paso - everyone learns it! I kept it up when we moved to McKinney (Dallas suburb) and even through college. But adult me remembers nothing!

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  4. I minored in Spanish in college, but where we are up north, there is little to no opportunity to use it, and it's fading fast :(
    My husband is ABD too! He works every morning on his dissertation, and is hoping to have it done by next spring. I am so impressed that you are getting it done with three little boys!! :)
    www.floralandfudge.blogspot.com

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    1. Congrats to your husband. Such a huge accomplishment!!

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  5. So you never did answer what WAS your favorite course? lol
    I wish I knew if I a bit of Spanish

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    1. I was a big old nerd. I loved school! I liked all of the subjects. I really loved statistics and math when I was younger. I'm passionate about economics and had THE most amazing Econ teacher in high school.

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  6. I teach kiddos who speak a minimum two languages. Young kids have such an advantage to pick it up. Spanish in Texas is important! I already looked and found a German preschool in Dallas... We will have to keep practicing so we don't lose what we have learned. Fun photos from high school!

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    1. I'm considering sending the boys to a Spanish preschool so they can start learning early!

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