Chocolate Rescues Me from Grad School Jitters

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Ready, set, go! Grad school has officially started at Academy of Art University.   My goal to earn my Masters of Fine Art in Painting has begun. Yesterday I found myself teetering between joy and terror.   Hyperventilating as I sorted through endless class information and reminding myself to be calm and breath. Chocolate to the rescue.  A cup of my favorite Bigelow Earl Grey tea followed by a couple of Pepperidge Farm Tahiti cookies took the edge off.  If you have never tried one, they are quite heavenly!

Two of my courses are online and one is in the city.  My joy about this beginning comes from the excitement of being challenged in ways I have yet to do with my art.  There are amazing teachers there and I can not wait to add portraiture to my abilities.  My terror comes from figuring out my online classes since my computer skills are marginal,  wondering how I can fit in all the homework hours and afford to purchase the lists of supplies they require.

I keep reminding myself that the first step is the scariest and once I start things will only get better.  They already have.

The rest of my week was magnificently busy.  My students are back.  I teach art at a private school two days a week 3rd through 8th grade. Last week was spent getting them up to speed with warm up drawings of creatures from “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak.   I also teach painting to adults one day a week out of my Petaluma countryside studio.  Good news!  My Friday morning student told all her friends about me and four of them are coming this Friday for a one day workshop.  Who knows? If they like me, they might make monthly visits.

More students = more income = more art supplies + chocolate =  one :-) grad school student.


(Wendy’s dream is still to become a influential international artist, but she left 8 Women Dream in March of 2010 to complete grad school.  She is still a strong supporter of 8 Women Dream and you will see her in the comments on the blog.)

  • Danelle, the equestrian

    Yea for you!! You’ll get into the swing of grad school quickly. And that’s awesome that your student is bringing her friends!!

  • Alyse

    Hey Wendy!
    For a chica riddled with back to school (in every convceivable way) jitters, you were the picture of – one of your brilliantly breathless paintings!

    By breathless I mean, when I look at one of your works or see one inmy minds eye I have this sense of you in your studio, it’s sunny and the energy feels all light poppy orange and butter.

    I take a deep breath and I’m in it and all is briliant in my world.

    Then tea & chocolate! Yum!

    It’s reall y exciting to see you leaping into grad school and I ‘m even more thrilled to watch you in the process.

  • Catherine

    Congratulations Wendy. You looked so happy the other night – even though you were apprehensive about all you have going on and Grad school on top of it. There is something different in your face – maybe it is the letting go of any fears, reservations or regrets and taking the steps to make our dreams come true – which then show up as contentment on our faces. I am happy for you for rising to this challenge.

    • Thanks Kim and Catherine for the encouragement. I really enjoyed that meeting and that magical location. I have been telling friends and family about brown bag deal there. Though I have a feeling part of the magic was that particular crowd and the unusual warm evening.

  • Kim

    Gotta love that chocolate. Hope your classes went well. I took a few online classes so I know it can be confusing at first but you’ll get the hang of it! It was nice to talk to you last week!