Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Now I’m really a Mile High!

Well, kids, I did it. I finished all of my classwork, all of my requirements to graduate! And I am really proud – I am going to receive my diploma with magna cum laude. I just found out my final grade on my last class and I maintained my GPA.

This has been a long haul. I chose to go back to school and finally finish this degree when my daughter was a year old. So, as long as she can remember, Mommy has been busy. I have worked full time (until the end of June) while going to school. I had a long commute. I had to dig deep and find a tremendous amount of discipline to keep at it: to stay on track, to sit down and do my reading, to write my papers, take my tests, and keep on schedule.

The funny thing is, I don’t know yet what I’m going to “do” with this. I did it mostly for me. I carried around a lot of regret that I hadn’t been able to finish college after high school, and a bit of an inferiority complex because I hadn’t gotten a Bachelor’s degree, even though through all of my times of going back to school, taking different classes and pursuing areas of study, I know that I have more than a simple “college education.”

I am REALLY glad it is over. It hasn’t even sunk in yet; I am so used to having a bunch of deadlines hanging over my head that it will take a while, I think, for me to really “get” that I don’t, anymore. I know one thing – I am looking forward to reading for pleasure, instead of for an assignment. Especially as I look ahead to winter, I am happy that I will get to curl up by the fireplace with a good mystery, and not have to stress about how many more pages I need to read before I am done for the night.


  1. CONGRATULATIONS! That is a tremendous achievement and you should be so very proud of yourself! I know I am!

  2. I am so proud of you and happy for you.

  3. Wow! Congratulations!!!!!!! You should be very proud!! Now go unwind and celebrate!!!

  4. That's FANTASTIC! Way to go, smarty-pants! Magna cum laude to boot! I'm so proud of you, lady. Great work! :)

  5. Well done, MtnMama!

    I'm surprised no one's commented on "magna cum laude", but maybe Bev hasn't gotten here, yet. :-)

    I was going to ask you what you were going to do with all your free time, but it looks like you've answered it: "reading."

  6. Congratulations! I know just what you mean about doing it for yourself...and good for you! I'm very proud to 'know' you :)

  7. Samsmama: It is, isn’t it? Those whiny 20 year olds don’t know how easy they have it!

    Stephen: Big hug back at you!

    Mala: No kidding! Maybe a really long “celebratory” nap...

    Bev: Better a smart ass than a dumb ass, I always say!

    Frank: I may be able to schedule some exercise, now, too!

    Mary: Likewise, sister!

    Everyone: I really, really appreciate your warmth and support! Having friends to share something great with always makes it better!