I graduated from high school in June of 2006. In August of 2006, I moved to Iona College and started my college journey. On the 21st of this month, I’ll be done with that journey and moving on to the next one!

2007: This time in the year 2007, I had just joined my sorority, Gamma Lambda Rho. I was called the Mayor at Iona because everyone seemed to know me and I seemed to know them. I was finishing my freshman year of college, one of the best years of my life. I met friends I still have today, advisors and mentors I will always treasure, and I was having a damn good time.

2008: The year 2008 brought about my sophomore year at Iona. I continued to make new friends, meet new people, and join the Student Government Association among many many other organizations. Still having a damn good time.

2009: The year 2009 was a crazy one. I moved off campus with three of my best friends and we were having the time of our lives. My junior year of college was another crazy one and in march of that year, found out I was pregnant. Decided to move home and promised myself I would finish my degree at some point, but moved back to Rhode Island and left my Iona home behind. September 3rd, 2009 – Hailie was born. My heart was so full and I was so in love.

2010: Decided it was time to go back to college. Took a few classes at the Community College of Rhode Island while getting everything together to apply as a transfer student to the University of Rhode Island. Also thought I was going to switch my major from social work that I was working on at IONA to during. This did not last, nursing was not for me.

2011: Applied to the University of Rhode Island as a transfer student. Started in the fall taking a few classes while everything was transferred in, hoping I would get a majority of my credits. Still hadn’t decided what to major in because I kept changing my mind and ultimately had NO IDEA what I wanted to do with my life.

2012: Acceptance was official, all classes were transferred, and I was taking the general required classes that didn’t transfer over. At this time I decided to major in psychology.

2013: I got engaged!!! It was surreal and I couldn’t be happier. Started taking classes geared towards my psychology major. Found out I was pregnant with my second child in September of this year.

2014: Aubree was born on 3/4/14. I was still only taking a class here or there and finishing many in-completes I had acquired due to many excuses on my end. I also got married this year! Decided that I wanted to change my major to Communications because it was where I truly felt my heart was.

2015: Decided if I was ever going to finish my degree, I should probably get my butt in gear. Finished all in-completes and general education classes in the spring of 2015 and started taking my communications in the fall of 2015, taking 5 classes at a time.

2016: Spring of 2016, I got another 5 classes under my belt in Communications and was making a lot of progress. I was truly happy with my chosen major and was happy with my grades! Took another 3 classes in the summer of 2016. Two of interest to gain enough credits and a communications class. Fall of 2016 I finished my Communications major. At this point, I was applying for graduation for the spring of 2017. I spoke with an advisor who said if I wanted to double major, I only needed three more classes in Psychology. I figured, why not. In August of 2016, I found out I was pregnant with my third child, A BOY! When I registered for my spring semester, I told all my teachers before class started that at some point during the semester, I would be having a child. They were a little concerned with how I would be able to finish out the semester, but gave me the chance. I was also asked to join the academic honor society for Communications, which I happily accepted! I also started a new full-time job in December of 2016.

2017: The spring of 2017, I started taking my remaining five classes. Three of them were online, one was an independent study, and the last was on URI’s Providence Campus. I am happy to say that I only missed ONE class that entire semester and all my work for my other classes was submitted within a week of my son being born. Chace was born on 2/22/17. During my time at URI this semester, I was asked to be apart of two other academic honor societies and presented with an award for academic excellence in Communications. I finished my semester on 5/10/2017.

I have had too many jobs to count but those were all a part of it too! I met so many amazing people on this journey and I count my lucky stars for them each and every day.

To the sisters of Gamma Lambda Rho: Thank you for always sticking by me no matter what and continuing to be my closest friends to this day.

To Iona College: Thank you for everyone I met, everything you taught me, and all the fun times.

To my friends: You are all amazing. Thanks for listening to me vent, helping me re-read my papers, and cheering me on every step of the way.

To my children: I hope that you will learn that no matter what happens in your life, its never too late to go after your dreams and be your best self.

To my husband: thank you for your support and love every step of the way. I couldn’t have done it without you.

To my family: Thank you for everything. From watching my kids so I could get homework done or go to class, from cheering me on, from having drinks with me to keep me sane, and for just being you. I am truly blessed.

On Sunday,  I will graduate. Thanks to everyone big and small, near and far, for your love, support, help, and wisdom over these last 10 years. I couldn’t be luckier to have such an amazing group of friends and family.