Christy Burger: Graduation

By Christy Burger. Posted May 27, 2014.

As my educational career at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has come to a close, I have been reflecting a lot on the time I’ve spent here. I am one of those crazy people that did their undergraduate and graduate education at the same institution. For the better part of the past six years, I have called this campus home and the thought of leaving is really kind of crazy, but exciting at the same time.

I got my BS in 2012 in Nutrition and Health Science with a specialization in Nutrition Dietetics and went straight into the Community Nutrition and Health Promotion MS program the very next semester. I was lucky enough to have a teaching assistantship in the same department that I was enrolled in. This assistantship has been a challenging, yet wonderful experience. I have been able to work with many different classes, including a lab, and a wide variety of students. This experience has allowed me to develop important time management, communication, and organizational skills. I would highly recommend that people entering graduate school look for an assistantship. It has provided me with real life experience that I would not have otherwise. I’ve also made great friends within the department I work in. I am very pleased with the time I spent in the Nutrition and Health Sciences department.

Graduate school was in no way easy. The amount of projects, tests, papers, and presentations was at times overwhelming. There were many times, especially in the last two semesters, that I thought that I was going to give up. I had to keep reminding myself that I was doing this for me, to better myself and to try and figure out what I want to do for the rest of my life. The biggest lesson I learned is that it is ok to not have it all figured out. Life is constantly changing and the best part is that we are all along for the ride. The thought of the unknown has always scared me. Knowing that this chapter is about to end and that the “real world” is about to begin is frightening.

I would not have made it to this point if it weren’t for several people. First of all, I need to thank my roommate. She has been so supportive of me through this whole experience. I could not have asked for better friends. They are all very supportive, and I am excited to have more free time to spend with them again. I need to thank the person who told me that I deserve to do things for me and to take the chance to figure out what I want out of life for myself and not for anybody else. The department I work in and my advisor have also been very flexible with me and allowed me to explore many different aspects of health and nutrition, which allowed me to finally figure out what I may want to do with my career.  My family has also been very supportive, pushing me to keep at it even when I wanted to give up. This is especially true of my mom. I could not ask for a better supporter and cheerleader. And to anyone who ever received a late night phone call from me crying, I could not have gotten here if it weren’t for every single one of you.

Although I would not trade my educational accomplishments for anything, I am really excited to be able to start doing things because I want to do them, not just because I have to do them! Over the past semester I have been developing a post-grad to-do list. Currently I am still unemployed, so I can begin on this list right away! It includes a large array of random things that I really want to do, but just have not had the time.

  • Learn Spanish
  • Learn about religions
  • Read for fun
  • Read Game of Thrones
  • Watch TV
  • Learn basic computer programming (because why not?)
  • Go back to the ocean
  • Train for a half marathon
  • Do more yoga
  • Go to happy hour
  • Cook
  • Eat 
  • Spend time with friends
  • Go sky diving
  • Volunteer
  • Travel
  • Travel more
  • Start painting again
  • Finally try out some Pinterest crafts
  • Have fun and enjoy life
  • Relax
  • Reconnect with people I have lost track of
  • Plant a garden
  • Learn to golf
  • Learn to ski
  • Explore
  • Entertain
  • Meet new people
  • Spend more time with my family
  • Start my career
  • Find myself
  • Love more

What’s on your list?

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