Wouldn't you know it. My last semester in the graduate program at the University of Idaho and it's just starting to feel like home. Well, that's not necessarily true. The program, in and of itself, has always been comfortable and seemed like a natural place for me to be. The English department is very similar to the department at BYU-I in that everyone is very helpful, knows the students (graduate and undergraduate alike), and no one is "uppity"...even though the department has some AMAZING authors! Just like the final couple of years of my undergraduate schooling, I seem to live in the English building. It helps that I have an office there, so oftentimes I go in early and stay late...all in the hopes of keeping up and getting ahead. Mostly it's the attempt at treading water that occurs.
Now that my living situation has improved six billion-fold, I really love to spend time at home. In fact, if I weren't so productive in my office (with a lot less distractions than home--believe it or not with people popping their heads in to say hi or grab a snack from the candy dish) I would stay at home in the coziness and calm of the house. But, in order to graduate this semester, I need to get on the ball and get going on my thesis!
Relatively speaking, I really think I lucked out on my classes this semester. No, none of them can be applied to my thesis (rats!), but the work load is doable and I only have classes on Tues, Wed, and Thurs. Yep, you heard right -- I have four day weekends...every week!
The combination of ease and naturalness both at school and at home reaffirms my belief that this is where I'm supposed to be right now and I'm doing what I'm supposed to be doing.
-sigh- It's so nice when you feel that reassurance!