Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Mission: Accomplished!

While I've been away from the blog, I have tried numerous T-shirt muslins, contemplated making pants, been busy with two jobs, trying to build an actual social life, and oh, by the way, this happened...

B.A.- Art History 2012
Virginia Commonwealth University

Whew!

I feel a weight lifted off my shoulders but then the next day and then the next week happened. The combination of all that work, the anticipation, the fear of failure, and all the money spent is over in the time it takes you to walk across a stage in the Richmond Convention Center to receive a rolled-up sheet of blank paper.

Now, of course, I DO NOT regret the experience but I do regret the time and expense that went into this protracted 20+ year journey. If there is anything I can impart to college-age teenagers thinking about college is to finish it when you first get that chance. It only becomes harder to accomplish and more expensive to afford the longer you take. Take the opportunity before 1) you have to pay rent, 2) you parents are no longer willing to pay, and 3) you have to hold down a full-time job at the same time. Trust me.

28 comments:

K.Line said...

You kick ass! Awesome achievement.

JuliN said...

Congratulations on completing your degree!

greytone said...

I am so pleased to see you have finished one of the biggest accomplishments you will ever face in your life. My son has taken the same journey, and he will be 40 years old this year.

Kudos to you! I will be sharing this blog with him as soon as humanly possible! His first son just finished kindergarten and could use the inspiration......

spottedroo said...

congratulations!! what a great accomplishment.
pants should be easy by comparison right?

Melizza said...

Congratulations! It's a huge accomplishment to finish when the Real World gets in the way :)

Jackie said...

Congratulations on your achievement and also that you did it anyway in spite of all the things that can get in the way.

Cherie said...

Congratulations, and be very proud of what you have accomplished! It was a tough go, but you did it!

agoodwardrobe.com said...

Congratulations!

KC said...

Agree with spottedroo: pants should be a snap! Congratulations!

AngelatheCreativeDiva said...

Congratulations!!!

jen said...

Congratulations, lady! I know this was a long journey for you but worth it. :)

alethia said...

Congratulations! my son is heading to college in September and he read your post. Thank you for the advice.

Summer Flies said...

Congratulations. Being 50 at university now I hear you! and ditto from me!

livebird said...

Big big congrats to you!

Nettie said...

Congratulations!!!! This is a great achievement at any age, but it's espeicailly wonderful when you've had to work so hard for it!

Audrey said...

Congratulations! It is a huge accomplishment and you should get extra kudos for doing it while holding down a full time job.

Elaray said...

Going to school and working full time is no small accomplishment. I did it too. Congratulations on a job well done!

Kyle said...

Three cheers for you! Congratulations!!!

Sewtellme said...

Congratulations!!! and Amen!

Mikhaela said...

Congratulations! that is super awesome! go you for sticking with it!!!

The Slapdash Sewist said...

Congratulations!!! What a huge accomplishment, made all the more impressive by (as you point out) working throughout.

anna christina said...

Good for you. I graduated and began teaching at 35. I think there are more and more of us in this club every year. No matter the time and cost, I will always look at my education as a gift. Hope you will feel the same when the exhaustion wears off.

Claire (aka Seemane) said...

Wow - well done you :)!

Antoinette said...

NICE JOB! Congratulations to you. Great photo as well. :)

DawnSSL said...

congrats and God bless

aramblingfancy said...

WOOHOO! Congratulations!

Kerry said...

Congratulations! You are amazing, dogged and determined!

Jo said...

I'm a bit late to the party, but congratulations!!!!!! As someone finishing up my degree as an adult I tell every teenager and young students already in college the same thing, finish college early. Get it out of the way before you have adult responsibilities! Good on you for toughing it out and earning that degree!