I've gone in 15 minutes early EVERY. SINGLE. DAY I had school.
I joined Student Council & wanted to be more involved. (+ more hours)
For over a year, I have worked a full time job from 7-3, gone home to get my school stuff, left my house at 4:20 to make it to school by 5. I've attended school every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 5:00-10:15pm, and every Saturday from 8:45am-4:30pm
This means I've had Sundays off, but Spencer works.
Mondays off, but I've had a test almost every Tuesday resulting in Mondays being study day.
And Fridays off which is about the only day a week I've been able to spend time with Spencer
I've often felt cheated for having to miss out on select holidays, time with family, multiple baby showers & wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions, birthdays, family dinners, concerts, blogging events.. all because of a hectic work/school schedule.
Over the course of a year, I have only taken 4 & 1/2 days off.
I've been tired, worn out, and I've had days where I've felt completely at the end of my rope where there was nothing I could do but cry about it. But I've been the happiest, so excited to learn, & I've made forever friends all at the same time.
For the 7 years after high school I put this off, and was told countless times this was not the route for me. I'm so proud of myself for knowing this is exactly what I wanted to do and knowing I stuck to it with 100% of my energy. I did this for myself, and I feel so accomplished. I've maintained a 96% academic which is greater than I ever imagined I could do. This is totally my route.
Because I've stayed on top of my hours & joined the Student Council Board, I found out earlier in April that my graduation date was pushed up to May 7th, 2014. I couldn't have been more excited. Last week I wanted to check again just to make sure I knew exactly when I was graduating. Again, because of staying on top of my hours & keeping track of them closely, I attended my last day of school this past Saturday May 3rd.
I. am. done.
I still have to take my Master's Final tomorrow, my State Board Practical test on Friday, my State Board Written Exam next week, & have an exit interview with the school.
BUT. My hours are complete.
I've felt so loved & supported by friends, family, classmates, instructors & personal coaches the entire time I've attended school. But I owe the biggest thank you to my sweet husband. He's helped me study, encouraged me when I felt down, praised me when I've done well, put up with countless ornery nights, and has done everything possible to take a load off my shoulders when I've felt completely overwhelmed. He's put up with having a part-time wife for the last year and he's been so supportive of my crazy schedule.
I can't wait to remember what it's like to have weekdays home with Spencer. I can't wait to cook dinners again & to be able to go with friends whenever I want. I can't wait to sleep in on Saturdays and go to the gym. I'm excited to go to the grocery store whenever I need to instead of having a planned out grocery schedule. I can't wait to know what it's like to be in bed at 10:00pm on a weeknight and to get invitations to things I can actually attend.
I, am so overjoyed.
I am finished!