Due to family connections, I know a professor who works at a very prestigious university in SoCal, that I didn't attend. Not naming any names. I sent him the paper I am presenting because, hey, couldn't hurt! Well, he loved it.
I am so honored, not just for my nomination from a professor at my school I really respect, but by this professor who is incredibly famous. He said that it indicated to him that I should go for my PhD!
I was debating about getting one-I don't know what I want to do, what concentration, if the material I wrote about can even transition into a concentration/career, etc.-but it's really coming up roses for me! Like, I've only done school my entire life. Health problems prevented me from playing sports, didn't have a lot of friends growing up, family strife, all that jazz. The only place where I felt respected was college.
And to have this type of praise and encouragement is the best.
I'm going to post later about a tangentially related subject about getting a job-so all professor GT'rs, help and advice needed for proud begging.
But for the past few days-getting to stay in my apartment for a year, some new ideas for jobs I can do, a new experience in exercise (more on that after my first class!), and the academic stuff...I feel, for the first time in a long time-truly proud of myself.