Given my background and where I come from, graduating college was not something I expected of myself. Now nearly twenty years of academia come to a close. I am happy to have accomplished as much as I have these past few years. After a rough start my first couple of semesters in college I’ve been able to raise my GPA to about a 3.3, possible Cum Laude status, and a coveted spot on the Dean’s list. I’m proud to say that I put myself through school when I didn’t have to and sometimes didn’t want to. The few people that did help me out when I needed it I am extremely grateful to have in my life. I am grateful to my parents for never expecting less of me and always giving me a boost (or a swift kick in the pants) when I needed it, and helping me out when they were able to, and even when they weren’t. I am also extremely grateful to Ryan who has supported me for five of my six and a half years in college. Without your understanding and patience I’m not sure I would have made it through. And to the rest of my family and friends who gave me unconditional support and never stopped believing I would one day finish what seemed like a never-ending journey, I love you and I thank you.
It’s going to be strange not having to work a school schedule around work or vice-versa. What am I going to do night after night without the pressure of an upcoming exam or a strenuous paper? I’d be lying if I said I haven’t already been looking at certification classes offered at the community college and even some graduate programs. I guess it all still seems a little surreal to me. However, I’m going to try to soak up every moment.