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End of First Year (Master's)

posted Nov 19, 2014, 5:32 PM by Ezra Lockhart   [ updated Dec 5, 2014, 2:55 PM ]
As the final week of classes comes to a close so concludes the end of my first year of study as a graduate student. Only one more to go! This pass year was the most difficult time I had in my personal life. I endured many trials which truly tested me. This included difficulties with my housing and financial aid and a job change. I began working with a new client population with its own set of therapies and practice standards. However, I was still able to finish out this semester.

I had to come to terms that with all my personal and professional obligations I could not produce the quality of academic work I would have liked and, frankly, expect of myself. I had no time to read in depth and sheer volume which I usually commit to. I had to manage my time in order to get each of the major assignments done. This required a lot of juggling. I was able to finish this year out, but I am uncertain what marks I will receive. Grades will be posted the first week of December. We will see.

On another note, I am excited to hear that the University of Sydney has increased it's formal rank to 37 in the latest QS World University Ranking (http://bit.ly/1tZzQuu). I am glad I made the decision to study at the University of Sydney, especially as an international student. I conducted an extensive search, applied to various research-centric institutions and ranking was a major criteria in my selection process. I am halfway through my degree program and have not once questioned attending the University of Sydney. The quality of faculty and peers are next to none. I am confident I will graduate with an invaluable international perspective of healthcare that I can take back to my country to improve the quality of care for my practice, my clients and any organization I work with.
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