Phew! I don't know that I can say I have ever felt as accomplished as I do right now. I have officially submitted my last final for my Bachelor's degree. I know this may not seem like a big accomplishment for some, but it has been a long road and 10 years of hard work has finally paid off!
I started right out of high school and went away to school, but that only lasted a semester before I had to return home to my family. Then after a few years of family I struggled through working full time and attempting classes at community college. I decided to focus on my career for a while, but these last couple years I really knew that I needed to get this done and I was determined. Determination really does help you power through it all.
I am proud to say I completed my final semester of 15 credit hours with straight A's, but that's not all, I also worked full time managing a private doctor office, moved, got married and took on a family, husband and two sweet precious girls, don't forget the holidays, a RIOT fest, Eric's band's performances, countless late nights studying and completing projects....
Some days I wonder how I even survived.....
But then I remember its because I am blessed with many people who love and support me and I could not be prouder to say that they are the reasons I am here.
I remember a distinct dinner conversation I had a couple years ago with a friend where I discussed the possibility of going back to school full time, how that would affect my life and career and what it would mean to really commit to that.
I recall numerous conversations about wanting to just quit because it was difficult and I couldn't understand why a degree was so important to me when I was buried under countless critical essays, finals, term papers, and major projects.
I cursed the idea of a degree when I was forced to participate in group projects where I ended up doing far more work because someone decided to do nothing...
But, I also remember the late nights I would get home and dinner would be made, mornings I would wake up and breakfast and lunch would be packed and ready for me on the counter. The number of nights I passed a computer over to my loving husband after waking him up from slumber forcing him to read my seven page essays. His patience, love, and support over the past year has really driven me to these final moments and I could not have done it without him!
I am so excited to be done, but also excited for what is next! I am currently in the process of starting an application for an MFA program!! Woohoo! Yes, I know it is insane, but if I don't do it now while I am in the school groove - I'm afraid I might not do it.
So - Here's to good luck finding a job that I can use my degree with until I complete my MFA program!!! I'm on the prowl.