Life Update: Graduating College

Today is the day I have been waiting for all summer and I can not believe it is finally here. As many of you saw if you follow me on social media, I graduated college in May. What you probably didn’t know is that I didn’t technically graduate as I had a summer full of classes ahead of me. I remember thinking at the beginning of Summer about how all of my friends are going to be just done with school but I’ll have to figure out how to balance a full-time job and being a full-time student this summer. I thought, what a long summer this was going to be. Boy… was I wrong. The summer flew by and today I can finally say that I am officially a college graduate.

Those of you who know me personally know that this was a very, very hard time in my life. College was a long road for me. I had things happen to me in my personal life that really set me back as far as graduating on time. I can admit that I whole-heartedly shut down at points and have wanted to give up on school but so thankful I didn’t. What I can say now is that I have learned so much about myself and am so grateful for the path I am on, today. I used to get so down on myself for being in college two extra years… How could I let this happen? And yet as time kept creeping up on me I began to feel sad about closing this chapter of my life. I think back to where I was on my first day of college, ever. The little girl I knew back then is so much different now. I have known loss and I have known true happiness during this time frame in my life.  I have learned who I am through each year that has passed me by.

To the bad things that happened to my life in 2011-2013, thank you. To the people who never stopped supporting me through some of the hardest challenges I have ever had to face, thank you. I couldn’t have gotten through it without you. To the beauty that is my life now, thank you. I am grateful for the wisdom this journey has given me. And I find myself very sad today as I close this chapter of my life. There were times when I thought I would never see this day and yet here it is. I am officially a college grad!

Mom and Dad, I did ittt!!!! (finally lol…)

Here’s a recap of my college experience:

(then)

(now)

(rest in peace to one of my best friends, Will)

 

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