My Daily Dosage of High Blood Pressure

Tuesday night, I logged into my banner account for school to see if my final grade for my senior portfolio had been posted (I’ve been checking every day, I’m a little obsessive). There was something posted alright — AN INCOMPLETE! My application for grad school just went into review! Not going to lie: I cried.

I cried real hard. (That’s my New Jersey accent shining through)

And my mother, in her infinite wisdom, tried to calm me down by listing off all the things I don’t do correctly in my life. Did you know-that my lack of attention to the dusting is directly related to my school work? Who knew?

I emailed my professor about it and went to bed. Well, I went to my room and laid down on my bed. It was a fairly hysterically night.

I woke up in the morning and saw that my professor hadn’t replied yet. So I called and left a message proceeded to cry a little more.

Because I’m an adult.

Eventually my professor did email me back. I have an A. I just graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Now I’m just waiting to hear back on my grad school application. Not gonna cry. I’m not gonna cry.


By J. M. Tuckerman

J.M.Tuckerman is a neurodivergent writer with a big education. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, an MA in Writing, and a BA in Writing Arts (specializing in Creative Writing, New Media Writing, and Publication; concentrating in New Media Production), which she somehow managed to earn despite her three very loud and large dogs. Jessica was lucky enough to intern at Quirk Books and Picador, USA while earning her master’s degrees. Her service dog, Ringo, is very proud of all that she has accomplished and hopes to be on a back cover of a published book with her very soon. An avid reader, writer, and lover of young adult and middle-grade literature, Jessica’s bookshelf is overflowing with hardbacks, paperbacks, and a million half-filled notebooks. She is a proud fur-mommy to two lab/st-bernard littermates, a retriever-mix service dog, and one orange little hobgoblin cat, all of whom have made very audible appearances on the Booked All Night podcast.

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