First day back at the gym after moving👍
It’s been 1 week since I came down to Maryland for my graduate program! Each day I’ve been jogging around a lake by my condo, doing home workouts (still can’t feel my butt in this picture lol💪), fixing ALL of the kitchen appliances (ugh), and meeting my cohort who will be joining me in grad school!!! It’s a lot to take in, but I’ve been learning new things each day:
1️⃣Cooking with gas can be very scary but when in doubt cut the heat early😅
2️⃣Its OKAY to relax during the day. I’m constantly giving myself lists of things to do because I’m worried I’ll get bored and then anxious. I’m learning to slow down sometimes and just breathe💆♀️
3️⃣Just because something is different doesn’t mean it is bad. Maryland is VERY different than Long Island, not to mention I’m living on my own for the first time ever, but I’m realizing it’s just going to be an adjustment period and then I’ll be good to go!!!
Wishing you all a happy Friday!💕
Life has its own share of bittersweet moments and as I say goodbye to what has been an incredible experience, I can't help but feel a sense of satisfaction over what I've achieved in the past couple of months. I'm forever grateful for the opportunity to learn, contribute, meet new people and generally, evolve as a person. As I turn the page on this chapter, it feels great knowing that a new, even more exciting journey awaits. 😊
A year ago I decided to give up social media to focus on what was most important in my life.
So how did I do it?
I deactivated all of my accounts, went ghost, and only stayed in contact with the people I loved the most. I took time to focus on Family, this PhD process, and reaching my best self both physically and mentally. It got to the point where I even contemplated coming back because I was loving the freedom it gave me. Let me tell you how God confirmed that I was exactly where I needed to be! I was so busy wanting “body goals,” “life goals” and “travel goals” on FB and IG when all this time God was trying to tell me that my life was exactly what it should’ve been, I was just to blind to notice.
During my time away, I went super hard in school, passed my prelims/comps, got published, received awards for my research, and now I’m nearing the end of my time as a graduate student. I strengthened my relationships, tried to grow a beard 😒 and most importantly, learned to appreciate what and who I have in my life.
I recommend taking time away from this stuff every now and then. Your self care is more important than a “like.” Focus on you and watch that life blossom.
But for real, Im just glad a brother can balance fitness and getting a PhD, because this shit is hard. 😂
Have you ever heard the phrase “one-stoplight town”? It refers to small towns that have a small enough population and sparse enough traffic that one stoplight can do the trick. Radiator Springs definitely falls into this category! In order to re-create the look and feel of a real small town along Route 66 for the Cars movie, Pixar hired a team of historians and artists to do research. They stopped into stores and restaurants, took notes, and talked to the locals. I wonder how I can get that job!
DrPH student Amay S. is wrapping up her summer internship with @centeronbudget in Washington D.C. we look forward to hearing about her experience in an upcoming Advanced Parcticum presentation. Where are you spending your last few weeks of summer? 🏢
Our struggles determine our successes 💪🏼 Whether you’re pre-optometry, starting optometry school, or in optometry school, the road to OD may contain many obstacles. It’s always easy to give up from failures and doubts, but remember why you chose this profession in the first place.
Good luck to all students starting the quarter/semester! 📚📓
Any time with @thefrankiesimmons always makes me feel better and in return I sometimes make her laugh. She is the freaking best!! And also, dang. I have some truly badass women in my life, I feel super lucky.
“Taken inside the U.S. National Archives research room, here is an image of my computer and a box of documents. Right now I am focusing on the end of Sunday mail in 1911 and 1912. Mail arrived on Sundays in the United States from 1810 through 1912. I am reading letters from Washington D.C. to the postmaster generals in every state about curtailing Sunday mail in 1911. I am studying Sunday mail as a lens into American governance, moral authority and political economy.” — Rebecca Brennder ”15 #amresearching#postalhistory#gradlife#phdlife#MHCAlumnaeTakeover#MountHolyoke @USNatArchives #MyNationalArchives
Hi everyone! I am Rebecca, and I am entering year four of my Ph.D. in U.S. history at American University in Washington, D.C. This summer I am mostly researching my dissertation on Sunday mail delivery from 1810 through 1912, at the U.S. National Archives. More on that later! I graduated from #MountHolyoke in 2015 with majors in history and philosophy. My relationships and solidarity with classmates and friends at MHC prepared me for success in graduate school. #gradlife#phdlife#dissertation#postalhistory#amresearching#MHCAlumnaeTakeover @USNatArchives @AmericanUniversity
Graduation may mean that you aren’t in the same school anymore, and you won’t see each other daily, but a true friendship doesn’t limit itself to the geographical proximity between one another. It goes far deeper than that.
"Poison him? Poisoning's too good for him. Starve him, madam, starve him - marry Sir Rowland and get him disinherited!"
As Foible in The Way Of The World by William Congreve, dir. Scott Ellis (The Crescent Theatre, 2018)
Friday’s Forecast: sun through the clouds, with a chance of teenage angst ⛅️ Gearing myself up to see “Spring Awakening” tonight at Stockwell Playhouse with a little flashback to this clip from @rycagram vocal intensive I did earlier this year, a bit of “Requiem” from “Dear Evan Hansen”💙 Contemporary Musical Theatre rep and acting/ singing like my age is something I struggle with, as I’m a 47 year old woman stuck in a 24 year old’s body, that likes to listen to Liza Minnelli on repeat whose default is a vibrato that you could drive a bus through🙃 BUT it’s something I focussed on during the course with RyCa and it’s something I’m continuing to work on erry day to build my stamina, strength and confidence 💪🏼 Watching these videos is also making me MEGA EXCITED for Sunday’s Anniversary Of #RyCaRefresh 🤩 Don’t worry, I shan’t be singing or forgetting any lyrics this time, just sitting back on a Stagey Sunday and marvelling at all the amazing work Ryan and the team have achieved in the last five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes... 😉 If you haven’t booked your ticket, go onto The Hospital Club website and reserve yours now- IT’S FREE!! 🙏🏼 @ryanmackenzie16 on the 🎹💫