I'm taking a little time to reflect on the year. The second semester has become increasingly difficult and stressful, but I'm hanging in there. With some family issues and a job as well, graduate school has proven to require much more than a desire for a higher degree. It's taken passion and drive that I didn't realize I had. Is anyone else feeling this way? I think everyone ought to take a minute and post their accomplishments, things they're particularly proud of . It's a good way to keep up steam and motivation. I've recently secured funding for my entire second year here, so I'm extremely happy about that. It's looking as though I may be able to pull off a 4.0 for the year as well. While all of this research and classroom work is taxing, the rewards make it worth it. Who else is feeling good about the first year's outcomes?