I have a master’s degree

When I graduated from high school and my undergrad, there was this feeling of void that I felt.  I remember being so inconsolably upset that that chapter in my life was ending; it felt so incomplete.  When I walked across the stage today though, I was just happy.  I have wanted to be an ESL teacher since I was in high school and I ended up stalking my graduate program for 3 years straight before applying.  I cried crazy tears for joy when I was accepted and I learned… a lot.  I’m filled with gratitude that I was able to follow this dream and proud I can now say that I have a master’s degree.

Can I just say that going to graduate school is the second hardest thing I’ve ever done?  However, going to grad school while teaching is the hardest thing I most definitely have done.  I had times I wanted to quit or delay everything.  My first week of grad school, my sister died.  During that same first semester I was in two separate car wrecks where I was injured.  There were so many things to overcome and work through- I had such a great support in Devin and friends I made though and I will be forever grateful for that.

I’ve learned so much more than just about textbooks.  I’ve learned how to drive and navigate Atlanta- the craziest.  There were so many times I had to tell myself “Toto, we’re not in Kansas anymore” as I dealt with different issues like men offering to “pay me for services” in between classes as well as a host of other things.  I made friends with people literally from all over the world.  I learned words for experiences I had experienced, but didn’t know how to verbalize.

After my two years journey, I am now a graduate with a master's degree!  | via The Spirited VioletAfter my two years journey, I am now a graduate with a master's degree!  | via The Spirited VioletAfter my two years journey, I am now a graduate with a master's degree!  | via The Spirited VioletAfter my two years journey, I am now a graduate with a master's degree!  | via The Spirited VioletAfter my two years journey, I am now a graduate with a master's degree!  | via The Spirited VioletAfter my two years journey, I am now a graduate with a master's degree!  | via The Spirited Violet

I learned and learned and learned.  It was everything I hoped it would be and more.

  • Christina Graham

    Congrats! Getting a masters is no joke! You should be so proud of yourself!

  • Christina Graham

    Congrats! Getting a masters is no joke! You should be so proud of yourself!

  • Heidi ~ morethan3wishes.com

    Congratulations! I got my masters and my first-time certification for elementary ed. at the same time. I can’t imagine working on my degree while holding a teaching job. So much work!!! What a fantastic accomplishment! 🙂

    • Congratulations right back atcha! 🙂 Being a teacher is hard work, but I love it. Thank you for your encouragement!

  • Heidi ~ morethan3wishes.com

    Congratulations! I got my masters and my first-time certification for elementary ed. at the same time. I can’t imagine working on my degree while holding a teaching job. So much work!!! What a fantastic accomplishment! 🙂

    • Congratulations right back atcha! 🙂 Being a teacher is hard work, but I love it. Thank you for your encouragement!

  • CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <3<3<3 And PS. Your black lace dress is gorgeous!!!

    • Thanks lady!! You know how crazy a master’s degree is :)! I wear this dress to every Christmas party or fancy thing we have. Glad to know I am getting my money’s worth out of it 🙂

  • CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <3<3<3 And PS. Your black lace dress is gorgeous!!!

    • Thanks lady!! You know how crazy a master’s degree is :)! I wear this dress to every Christmas party or fancy thing we have. Glad to know I am getting my money’s worth out of it 🙂

  • Congratulations!

  • Congratulations!

  • Look how lovely you are! And that black lace dress really is the bomb.com (throwback to when that phrase was still being thrown around all over the place). Congratulations! And we are all eager to see what the next leg of your adventure will bring 🙂

    • You are so awesome, Torrie! Thank you! 🙂 This is one of my favorite dresses and I get so excited when I have something fancy to wear it to!!

  • Look how lovely you are! And that black lace dress really is the bomb.com (throwback to when that phrase was still being thrown around all over the place). Congratulations! And we are all eager to see what the next leg of your adventure will bring 🙂

    • You are so awesome, Torrie! Thank you! 🙂 This is one of my favorite dresses and I get so excited when I have something fancy to wear it to!!

  • Michelle

    Congratulations

  • Michelle

    Congratulations