A Tale of Two Graduates…

The last week was an interesting one for me.  I was able to pick up my cap and gown for my Master’s graduation ceremony.  I put it on and had my picture taken.  It was the moment that it all felt real to me.  I have gone to school for the past 5 years straight and most of it has been done online.  I did not walk for my undergraduate ceremony and so I didn’t get a cap and gown.  I will walk this time, and picking up my cap and gown meant a lot to me!

My daughter will be graduating this year as well.  She is a senior at her college and will earn her Bachelor’s in English-Professional Writing.  She, too, picked up her cap and gown this week.  She, too, is beginning to realize the reality of graduation.

Our two ceremonies are just one week apart.  On May 12 I will go to her college and watch my baby get her degree and close the door on one chapter of her life and move into the next chapter.  I am sure I will shed a tear.  I am so stinking proud of my girl and all that she is accomplishing.  I can’t wait to see where she goes next in life.  May 19 she will see me walk across the stage.  I have worked very hard to get to this moment and I am so proud that I have been able to show her what determination can do!

My daughter and I are graduating together this year.  It is a moment that I never expected to happen but one that I am very excited about!

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Registered for my Final Two Classes Today……

I remember sitting down at my computer blogging about my decision to go back to school.  I had been out of school for around 20 year., and a lot has happened in my life since I had last been a student.  In December 2015 I graduated summa cum laude with my B. S. in Psychology.  I began grad school right away, and I also blogged about my decision to pursue Gerontology.

Today I am sitting here blogging about registering for my final two graduate classes.  By December of this year, I will hold a master’s degree in Gerontological Services from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.

This journey has taken me through five years, two moves, both of my children graduating high school, health concerns and surgeries, the death of a grandparent, and multiple other life changes.  It was very difficult at times, and I even spent some time in tears and ready to give up.  I kept going, though, and here I am!

I am working to find a job and begin to build upon my education and truly make a difference to the people who I work with.  I am looking at research ideas, and beginning the process of developing them.  I am still a wife and a mom, and these roles are the ones I still identify with most closely because these roles mean the world to me.  I am also someone who is passionate about my chosen field and the individuals that I work with.  In some ways. I am the same person I have always been.  In others, I have changed and grown.

My husband and my kids have given me their love and support, their proofreading skills and their shoulder, their understanding and their cheering section to get me through.  I could not have gotten here without them!

So here I am getting ready to tackle my final semester of school.  I am excited to see where I land as I apply for and interview for positions in my field.  I am excited to see what the next chapter of my life holds as I am stepping out as a confident, educated and capable woman.