Last nightI had my first last final exam. I finished in about an hour, thanked the professor for his hard work, and went home. It is weird how so much work and time goes into a semester, into doing all of the readings and attending all of the lectures, and then it is over in what seems like a millisecond. It is both a very gratifying feeling and an anticlimactic feeling: obviously gratifying because my hard work paid off and I am very confident that I did well, but also anticlimactic because it is over so quickly. Honestly, I just wanted to finish my exam, stand up on my chair, and yell at the top of my lungs because I had finished...after my last question was answered I was one step closer to completing my master's degree, and I just wanted to let all of the stress and anxiety out in one burst of excitement. Instead, I quietly removed myself from the classroom as the other people worked on the test.
So I have two more exams this week, and then I turn the page on this chapter of my life. This has been such a challenging and peculiar semester, and it really does seem like a fitting end to these past 15 months. I have learned so much, expanded my interest in and curiosities of the tax world, and probably worked harder at my studies and my classes than I have since starting the MST program. It truly has been 3 months of great personal growth and great academic growth: I started the job-search process and successfully landed myself a great job that I am excited about, and I learned something new every week in every class.
I left my final last night, excited and relieved, and thought about my life. I have been doing a lot of retrospection these past couple of weeks, as well as a lot of thinking about my future and where my life is headed. But I really have not given much thought about where I am now...until I walked out of the Sawyer Business School last night. And I came to one definitive conclusion: my life is really falling into place. I am on the verge of accomplishing something I will be very proud of and I will be starting my career in a couple months. I have gained invaluable knowledge, met some amazing classmates and truly inspiring professors, and set myself up to be able to succeed and thrive in the world of taxation. I have grown closer with my family and many friends, and after devoting myself so entirely to school and being so busy with all of the work I have really grown to appreciate the little things that make me smile or make me laugh. It is hard to describe everything that happened since the semester started in September, and the things that I have learned and that have changed me, but I think I can look back and say that it was all for the best. Somehow this semester is almost over. In a little over 48 hours I will be done with everything. Time to buckle down and finish strong.
I probably only have one more post left, and I will give my closing thoughts on my program, on Suffolk, on blogging, on TheDude's future, etc... I know that I could probably write an entire book on what the past 15 months have meant to me, the experiences I have had and who I have become. But hopefully I can get it done in a single blog post. So until that time, The Dude Abides...