Time is especially tricky when you only have a year to experience your masters program. 9 months, to be exact. There is so much to learn, so much you wish to do, and you inevitably have to make choices and negotiate trade-offs, and accept what you might lose out on. At this 9th month mark, I find myself looking back with much nostalgia – not on the moments that I’ve had to miss out on, but on the wonderful milestones that were birthed along the way. These were moments that I could have never imagined or planned for prior to coming to the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). They evolved and came to life most unexpectedly, thanks to incredible people that have inspired, supported and worked with me during my journey here. Some of these unanticipated, joyful milestones include:
1. Creating tangible real-life products/movements with colleagues, which embody our shared passions and visions in education
2. Making connections with my community. Beyond the classrooms, beyond the readings, beyond theory, beyond philosophizing.
3. Getting married in the middle of the final semester (I highly recommend Cambridge City Hall if any of you are considering this!)
Time feels exceptionally precious here, and it is easy to feel overwhelmed, stretched, and doubtful of your decisions at HGSE. But I dare say that choosing to invest your time in – and even make time for – projects and people that matter most to you, is something you will not regret. Time may be limited and beyond your control, but the memories you create here at HGSE will be timeless – and yours to keep forever.
Jasmine Chin is a Masters in Education candidate in the Arts in Education program. She was an arts administrator and public relations consultant that dabbled in piano performance, singing-songwriting, and flash-mobbing prior to pursuing her Masters. She is currently enjoying exploring new creative mediums beyond music, as well as learning about how to create positive impact through arts and education.