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#NABloPoMo: November 4th Prompt: Graduation Day

Today Prompt:

Nov 4: What is your favorite holiday memory? (And yes, you can pick any holiday, including your birthday.)

I don’t really know if you consider this a holiday or not. But it is a day by all indications I never thought would happen.

I have told the story before. I was doing okay in college. Nothing really impressive. And then my dad got sick. He was spending time in nursing homes, hospitals ect. (Sound familiar? I am going through that right now as well.)

I ended up having to drop out of getting my bachelor degree. In reality, I actually failed out.

Yep, my GPA was insane. (I think it was a 1.25?)

I really did not even want to think about coming back. I figured the bridge was burned.

unnamedIn the middle of everything going on with my weight loss journey, rebooting my life, finding running ect. My job situation had fallen apart. With the help of a couple amazing people in my life they convinced me to not take it as something of a derailment, but take it as a sign that it was time to go back across that bridge.

It was tough. I had to petition to the college to let me come back with aid. I had a term to prove myself. That term was nerve racking. But I rocked a 3.36 right out of the gate and I was flying.

I had a few challenges. It seems anatomy will never be my best subject EVER. I also hate math with a passion.

It took a lot of work, a lot of struggle and a lot of flat out hard work.

I do not regret it.

We do not even talk about my final capstone project; which was my first ever research paper.

In December of 2012 I graduated. And because I graduated when I did, I had to wait until June to make the walk in my cap and gown. Because of what is going on with dad I almost did not make graduation until my dear sister from another mister and friend Kathy drove up from Dallas, picked me up and we took a road trip across the state for me to be able to walk across the football field.

That was a major accomplishment for me. Our college president Dr. Davies had known me and about my journey and he even gave me a hug as I made it across the stage.

I will never forget being able to celebrate this day.