Grad school is no joke


It’s been one wild roller coaster the last couple months, but the last few weeks I finally feel settled- and feel as though I have a vision for my future. As most of you know, I began my Masters program at the Collins College of Hospitality recently. It’s a two year program, one of the best programs in the West Coast. We have incredible professors who have worked in the industry for years all around the world.

I apologize for not writing sooner, it’s been a challenge figuring out how to do grad school, and the quarter system for that matter. Now I thoroughly understand why my friends who were in quarter systems were so busy at any point in time during the year. Each quarter/class is 10 weeks, so by the time you get into the swing of things (week 3 or 4), midterms are right around the corner. So, take that, then imagine having over 10 different assignments due per week with majority of those writing assignments. It’s quite time-consuming.

With that being said, I’ve been having a blast. Ask me in a few weeks and I may have a different answer in the midst of stress but I needed to make sure to tell you all about how grateful I am and happy I am to be where I’m at. (Especially if I get down in a few weeks, I can always look back to this post and remind myself of my positivity.) As a writer, it’s important to recall how I felt at a certain time. It gives us perspective when we don’t have any due to emotions.

For the first time in a long time, I feel like I have a goal. My face glows as I ask questions, learn and talk to classmates who have more experience than me. Their passion for the industry inspires and encourages me to learn even more. These classmates may be my future colleagues. They will certainly be my contacts as we disperse into the real world in two years. Classes will be hard, assignments will be a huge challenge, especially for someone who does not have enough experience in the industry, but I know with supporting professors and staff at the program, classmates to endure the work together, and friends in LA to keep me sane- it’ll be a great two years.

Follow me on Social Media

Moving forward, I hope to be able to write more, as I always mention- but please follow me on Facebook at for travel related articles, short updates, and fun photos as I continue on this adventure of life.

Please also follow me on Instagram as I capture every day moments I find meaningful: @jo_lam 

I’ve also decided to create a hashtag for things I post related to travel, hospitality, and this blog. As you could probably guess, the hashtag is #StuckLikeAPincushion 

Let’s get this party started!

Published by Joanne Lam

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