The semester ended in a bit of a whirlwind, I had papers due on December 3rd, and 13th, and then a take-home exam due on December 18th. It felt like I was working on something late at night from Thanksgiving until just before Christmas. But the end of semester mixer was a great way to decompress and convince myself that the semester really was over. It was a lot of fun to meet with my class-mates in a relaxed setting, and also catch-up with spouses.
They say that after first year it gets easier. I'm not sure that is true, but I know that I enjoyed all the hard work just that little bit more. So maybe in a sense it became easier to put in the hard work.... I know my grades certainly reflected it. But I'm still waiting on my official transcript in the mail, so I can submit my tuition fee reimbursement forms to my employer - that will be the final culmination of the semester.
In the meantime, I'll start preparing for mid-program academic retreat - even if it does mean more work, I look forward to catching up with friends I haven't seen in a while.