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    My Experience
    By jennmcg72

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    I'm finishing up my doctoral work at the present time. I started in the summer of 2005 and have only my dissertation to write before I am finally finished with the process. I won't tell you that it was easy, because it wasn't, but I will tell you that I felt very much like you when I learned that I had been accepted into the program. I didn't think I could manage my classroom, family, church, and everything else in my life with working on this degree. However, I reminded myself that I had made it through my master's program and National Boards all while juggling the same hectic schedule I have now. I was able to continue doing great things in my classroom, although I did have to give up a few things. My house hasn't been truly spotless since I started the program, my husband has more responsibilities with the children, I gave up a leadership position at church, and other leadership roles at school. Am I sorry for any of it? Absolutely not! Experiencing this program has taught me a lot about myself and my dedication to being a life-long learner. If you want to continue to challenge yourself (as I'm sure you challenge your students) then I say go for it! I wanted my own children and the students in my class to see how important learning was and is to me. With you taking the steps you already have, I can tell that learning is equally important to you. If you quit now, you'll always wonder, "What if???" I say go for it and don't look back! And I'll certainly be a sympathetic ear and an understanding voice if ever you should need one. Best of luck! :)

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