Four years ago, after some debate and a lot of support from my husband and children I decided to embark on a new journey, pursuing my passion and marking a goal off my bucket list. I enrolled in college with the goal of obtaining my bachelor’s degree. It may not seem important to some, but I had tried this once before, with a different focus of study, and I quit early on. I do not tell many people that because I am ashamed to admit that I failed. Now I know that at the time, I just was not ready and if I am being honest, I was not mature enough for what that journey would demand of me. To motivate me, my husband appealed to my competitive side, stating there was no way that I would be able to graduate with a higher GPA than he did.
Since that day, a lot has happened, good and bad and as I sit here thinking about it, I’m amazed that I’ve made it this far. Over the course of the last four years, I have had a cancer scare and underwent major surgery. I sold the first home I ever owned and bought a new one. I started a blog. I had my very first short story published. I have lived through a pandemic. I have suffered the loss of a cousin, a sister, and other close family members and friends. My husband and I have taken legal custody of my nephew. I have worked tirelessly at my job and taken on extra classes through our learning center to help develop my skills in my current career. But most importantly I have been unflinching in my responsibilities as a wife and mother.
To say that the past four years have been difficult would be an understatement. There have been days when I have wanted to smash my laptop into a wall because…. well…. college math…. I am an English major for a reason. But there have also been good days. Days when I smile because a professor enjoyed my writing or commended me on my hard work. Days when my blog views surpassed my expectations and made me feel like I was on the right path just as I was starting to doubt myself.
This year marks 20 years since I graduated from High School and today, I turned in my very last college assignment. I am proud to say I will be graduating from Southern New Hampshire University on May 1, 2022, with a bachelor’s degree in English & Creative Writing and a minor in Communications.
For those of you wondering whether I have managed to obtain a higher GPA than my husband, the answer is yes. I will be graduating with honors, Summa Cum Laude (4.0 GPA) and I could not be happier.
While this is an enormous accomplishment, it is just one small step in a series of accomplishments yet to come. I am setting my sights on creating a constant stream of content for my blog, submitting proposals for freelance writing jobs, working on my novel, and tackling other things I have always wanted to learn and/or accomplish but have not gotten around to. Fictional feminist Louise Sawyer once said “You get what you settle for” and I have no plans on settling.
The real journey has just begun so…. Stay tuned!