An Open Letter to Grad School Me

I know that right now, things feel really tough. You're working so hard and it feels like you're just not getting anywhere. I'm here to tell you that it's going to be okay. In fact, it's going to be more than okay - things are going to turn out great. You're going to get the job you want and you're even going to start your own business. And those grades you're stressing over? They're not going to matter in the grand scheme of things. So try to enjoy the process and savor these moments - they'll be gone before you know it. And I promise, the tough times will make the good times even sweeter.

It can be tough being surrounded by girls who seem to have it all together. They always seem to get the best grades, the best internships, and they always look fabulous. It's easy to feel like you're falling behind when you compare yourself to them. But it's important to remember that they're just like you. They're working towards the same degree, and at the end of the day, you're all going to be on equal footing. The fact that they got a better grade or a “better” externship means nothing in the real world. And those days that you are spending all day in your room studying, go out and take a walk. Get yourself some coffee. You deserve it. Instead of letting the competitive girls get you down, use them as motivation to succeed. Remember that you're just as capable as they are, and eventually, you'll get to where you want to be.

I know you're feeling overwhelmed right now. It seems like everything is piling up and you're not sure how you're going to make it through. I promise you, you can do this. It's going to be the two hardest years of your life, but you're strong enough to make it through. Just take it one day at a time and don't be afraid to ask for help when you need it. Remember, there's a light at the end of the tunnel. You'll make it through this and come out the other side a stronger person.💖

Love, Sam, M.S., CCC-SLP, TSSLD, C E O of Speaking of Samantics LLC & SLP Test Prep, LLC 💪🏽

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