The 25 Year Degree

This Sunday I will finally end my journey towards getting my college degree. I have been enrolled since I graduated high school in (gasp) 1991. I quit high school when I knew everything, in the beginning of 10th grade. I got a little smarter in the next 3 years and actually went to night school and got my GED the same day as my original graduation date.

I was a horrible teenager with a lot of angst against the world and my surroundings. But after getting hired into the family company, I started to settle in to being a decent young adult. I decided I could go to college and actually do more than run the streets. So after I received my GED, I enrolled at Valencia and started classes fall of 91. After the Fall semester I enrolled in the spring semester, only to meet my future husband in February 1992 and decided I wanted to spend more time with him and dropped out of my classes.

Life remained status quo for awhile, I had a good job with the family company. Corey and I lived together and though engaged after the first year, we were in no hurry to get married. We were happy, and we were trying to have a baby, but a wedding wasn’t important. In the fall of 1997 I decided it was time to go back to school. In November my dad suddenly died and that rocked me more than I expected it too. I never really felt like I fit in with him. He was always closer to my brothers and step brothers than he ever was to me. I was a girl (blog for another day)…..

Shortly after my dads passing we were told by our infertility specialist to lose some weight, get married and he would do an IVF. We had been trying to get pregnant for over 3 years at this point. Well I lost weight and we planned and had the wedding Feb 7,1998. 3 weeks later I found out I was pregnant. And though I finished those classes I didn’t enroll in summer classes. Life as a family was now my focus!

Years passed, I had 6 miscarriages, and finally had twins in 2005 via IVF. We built our dream house in 2008, and then came the dramatic separation and divorce in 2009 which didn’t finish until 2011. 2011 we closed our family business, and I had to find new employment after 21 years in the same job, and now a single mom.

Finally in 2012, while working 2 jobs I decided I needed to find a way to go back to school. I took 2 classes each semester online, in the fall of 2012, spring, summer and fall of 2013. Then I started a new full time job and decided I needed to focus on that at least for a semester. Of course that turned into a 2 year break. In the fall of 2015 I went back and didn’t stop, I was on a mission to finish before my oldest graduated high school.

This Sunday’s graduation represents a lot of things for me. I have finally finished something in my life that no one else can take from me. No matter how long it may have taken me, and how many times I have stopped and started, I will now be a college graduate. This is proof that finishing,  is more important than how you started or what happened in the middle, it’s following through on what you set out to do that matters most.

This was not my normal silly, and sarcastic blog and I’m sorry for that, but I am proud of myself, and I hope that this blog will encourage others not to stop trying to get what you want. I am proof that you can have a life, and make it through college, or start a business or whatever you wish you could do.  If you want it, you can make it happen. It’s not easy, but it is possible.

As always, I wish you health, wealth and happiness. But today I am going to wish you patience and perseverance as well (these are needed most)