‘These Go to Eleven’

SOC600One semester of coursework down, five to go. I completed my first class toward my Ph.D. earlier this week. I am beyond proud of myself, as well as our entire family. Fall is already a busy enough time for our family since my hubs covers the Pats. So my heading to UMass once or twice a week kicked the intensity up a few notches (this family goes to 11).

In addition, we have been running a very successful GoFundMe campaign to supplement our income now that I am working less as I go to school. I am grateful and proud this fundraising (and awareness raising) has become a family affair.  My husband, WEEI.com’s Christopher Price, has led a pack of sportswriters and commentators who have stepped up BIG time to donate, publicize, tweet, retweet, and write about my story and campaign. This support from the football world is particularly poignant and meaningful given the domestic violence and child abuse cases within the NFL this fall.

Finally, I want give a huge shout out to my classmates and professor from this semester (pictured above). This photo was taken as we were saying our goodbyes within the final moments of class. Unfortunately one classmate is not in the pic because he was sick, and our professor was taking the photo (our class ended at 9:30pm, so no one else was around to play photographer). Gratefully, most of my classmates will be in my spring semester class, and everyone else will be around campus. We definitely bonded this fall.

I don’t go back to school again until the end of January, which is a huge relief for me and my family. However, not surprising, my “to do” list for the next month is growing. Now that I am entering the world of grant-funded research, I need to write funding proposals during the time off — not to mention the blog posts and columns I intend to write. These tasks are a teeny bit daunting, especially since my brain is so cooked right now. That said, I am grateful for this well-earned break and for the chance to incorporate all that I learned this semester into my writing. I am truly living my dream. Be well.

KP

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