Dear 2020,

I have found myself reflecting more than usual on everything that has occurred throughout my life and everything I have been able to accomplish. I would be lying if I said I felt prepared for what's to come in 2020.

After years of school and managing my academic life, it is finally coming to an end. Lately, I've felt nostalgic, nervous, and excited, just to name a few. These past few months, I have started to prepare for what is to come after I graduate in December. But, to better understand what is passing through my mind, we have to go back to senior year of high school when we were supposed to plan out our "what do you see yourself doing in 5-10 years" plan.

If you were to ask me if I expected to be in graduate school during my last year of high school, I would have responded: "Of course not. I just want to complete my bachelor’s degree and start working." Now, six and a half years later, I'm finishing up my last semester of graduate school at Georgetown University.

These past two years were filled with highs and lows. With so many changes occurring in my first year of graduate school, I lost myself and some of my ambition. I was stuck in the past, trying to be the person other people expected me to be. Which made me question if applying to graduate school and accepting my offer was even worth it.

Andrew Zodrow stated it best: "Life is defined by opportunity cost. If we spend any significant amount of time calculating the opportunity cost of our actions after they have been made, we are choosing to remain stationary rather than move into the future." I decided to take a similar approach to Andrew's and focused on everything that school and life have to offer and all that I can gain from both. And let me tell you it paid off!

Beginning of 2019, I immediately saw the positive changes. I felt healthier, happier, and much more on track. I had the mental clarity needed to pass my comprehensive exam and to join the last few months of student life. I made sure to put myself first to produce the best work possible for my professors, but also for myself. With graduation being around the corner, it is safe to say that I cannot be prouder of everything I have accomplished. And I am excited for what is to come!

-Bea Garcia

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Bea is currently pursuing a M.A. in International Security at Georgetown University. She'll be sharing tips and tricks for students and recent grads.

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