It's been a little over a year been posts... I guess they are getting a little closer together.
Today I just wanted to take a moment to celebrate as I finally received my diploma in the mail. I graduated back in May and while that was quite epic as well, actually seeing that piece of paper with my name and "Bachelor of Arts Computer Science" made it seem somehow more real.
Raising a family and supporting a household is not an easy task in and of itself, and on top of it all I spent the last three years buried in schoolwork right next to my four kiddos. My sweet, supportive husband took up the slack, making dinners & doing laundry while I was closeted in my office studying.
Going back to school was not like riding a bike. For me it was more like learning to assemble a bike. When I started in June 2015, had been 20 years since I had a math class. When I was in high school, the last math I took was Algebra II. So to say that I had play a little catchup there is an understatement. And three years later with Pre-Calculus, Calculus I & II, Chemistry I, Physics I & II, Algorithms, Discrete Math and Numerical Computation under my belt, I still found that while I like math, it doesn't come easily for me. Luckily my kind of software development doesn't involve a lot of math!
But goes to show though that just because something is hard or you're not especially good at it doesn't mean that it not worth doing. For me and my family, this degree means a significant source of second income, which is going to come in really handy as my kiddos start heading off to college themselves.
When we moved to Colorado six years ago kicking and screaming, it is clear to me now that God had a plan for me. It's happened so frequently in my life, where I am pushed into situations where I don't want to be, only to come out the other side & can clearly see that it was God's hand pushing me into something awesome. I just need to trust him more.
And finally, for those of you who have actually read all this and are interested, I was asked to be one of three speakers at my graduation ceremony. Below is the ceremony in its entirety, although I have set it play where my introduction begins: 1:08:28. Enjoy!