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Monday, May 5, 2014

School Grad.

My Graduation Date was set for May 20th.
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!


  1. I am SOOO excited for you! Plus this is so inspiring to us that are in similar situations - there is a light at the end of the tunnel! Lol I've been working full time 5 days a week and attending grad school in the evenings and there's no other way to say is HARD. I miss out on so much family and friend time, and feel like I'm spread so thin, but this is a reminder that it is all for good reason and for my (and my family's) future!! CONGRATS lady!! xx

    1. It's totally hard! I felt so bummed out every time I had a fun family function or friends would go out, and I couldn't go. It totally snuck up on me.. you'll be done before you know it!!

  2. Congratulations!! Now it's time to relax and have a baby ;) Enjoy these next few months of FINALLY being able to do what ever you'd like, whenever!

  3. You are seriously SO amazing! Congratulations on this major accomplishment!

  4. Congratulations! I am so happy that you stuck with it-many people I know (including family) decided to go back to school after being graduated for awhile; it became too much for their current life and they stopped going. Major props to you! Now you'll have time to relax with Spencer and enjoy some free time...and then the baby will be here! So many life changes for you girl!

    Xo, Kelsey

  5. Congrats girl! So proud of you and inspired by your dedication and determination! Relish in this awesome accomplishment!!! You deserve it!

  6. I don't know you, but I found your blog through a friend's. Promise I'm not a creeper! Congratulations are in order--good for you for pushing through school, especially when people told you what wasn't right for you!

    1. haha I didn't read this comment and think for a second you were a creeper! I'm so glad you found my blog and took the time to comment.. I love meeting new blog friends!!

  7. Congratulations! I know exactly how you feel.... work, school, relationships, life can get super stressful and overwhelming. That's awesome you got to finish early. I graduate with my masters on the 21st and I couldn't be more excited to finish too. Then we can focus more on our men and our baby boys :)

    1. Gosh, tell me about it! can't you wait to have your life be man+baby+maternity leave?! I think that's going to be the best 3 months of my whole life.

  8. yay!!!! Congrats! That really is so so exciting.


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