May 26, 2011. Graduation. One of my proudest moments.
I couldn’t have done it alone though. My daughter and Tim were my biggest cheerleaders. They also offered their tutoring services when I needed them (yes, my daughter is one smart cookie!). If it hadn’t been for Tim’s encouragement, I probably never would have even gone to college in the first place. He believed in me when I doubted myself, and that was/is a very precious gift!
There were also several professors, fellow students, and other people I met along the way, who helped to shape my college experience (mostly in positive ways).
Making my way toward the stage to receive my diploma, I caught sight of Tim and my daughter in the audience.
Receiving my diploma. I received an Associate in Science degree in human services.
The courses that I took were only part of my education. Yes, the lectures, homework, and studying were important. What was equally enlightening was how much I learned about myself, and what I am capable of achieving.
The math classes I had been so uneasy about? I earned A’s in every one. This was from the high school student who failed two math courses. Upon earning that first A, I began to realize that maybe I could handle college. Hell, if I could get an A in math, anything was possible!
In November 2009, I was invited to become a member of Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society. To qualify for induction, and to remain in good standing, a student must maintain at least a 3.5 grade point average. I did, throughout all six semesters. So I had the privilege of wearing the Phi Theta Kappa gold stole and tassel at graduation. I graduated Cum Laude, with a 3.74 overall grade point average. Not bad for someone who didn’t think they could handle college, eh?
Thank you to everyone who shared this journey with me. To those who offered encouragement and support, and those who took the time to read about my accomplishments and frustrations along the way. This was a true team effort, and I am eternally grateful to everyone who helped my dream come true!