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Sometimes it is important to recognize your own accomplishments.  I think everyone needs to pat themselves on the back or give themselves a round of applause every once in a while.  I truly believe that the world would be a happier place if people were happier for themselves.

Today, I start my last semester of my undergraduate degree.  The same degree I started back in 2006 when I was fresh out of high school.  The same degree I left and never finished when I found out I was pregnant with my daughter and decided to start a family and put school on hold.  I made myself a lot of promises when I chose to take that path in life and I was worried I wouldn’t follow through and I truly hate breaking promises to other people but especially myself.

I was an awful student for a while too.  It wasn’t at all because I wasn’t smart, it was truly because I did not put in the effort.  Being a mother was a great excuse to not try; well I want to spend more time with my two girls so school isn’t important.  I have also worked full time throughout all these classes as well and I always made sure that my work and my classes didn’t suffer because of each other.  I take on new challenges every single day.  But when I decided to go back to school and take more than one class a semester, I vowed to myself that I was going to give it everything I had.  That was the Fall of 2015.

I worked my ass off to get better grades, bring up my GPA, and give it everything I got.  I could have made a lot of excuses for myself during that time, but I knew that’s exactly what they were, excuses.  And if I wanted it that bad, I was going to make it happen.  These were the results:

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MY hard work has paid off.  I was inducted into the national honor society for my major AND I will be graduating with honors. You can honestly do whatever you set your mind to no matter what.  The road to this journey wasn’t an easy one but it was worth it.  I have met amazing people from my first day of college in 2006 to my last semester here in 2017.  I have never felt prouder of myself and I know I am setting a true example for my children that you can do anything you set your mind to.  So today, I am not just celebrating the first day of my last semester of my undergraduate career.  I am celebrating the journey it took me to get here and the hard work that has paid off.  The only person in the way of me, was me.  Counting down the days till graduation!

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