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My B.S.

Saturday, February 05, 2011

I graduated with my Bachelor of Science from the University of Minnesota in December, 2010. The journey of this degree started almost 15 years ago when I took my first college classes at the University during high school. I was very excited to start college back then and did fairly well. I continued with college after high school, working towards a B.A. in psychology. I struggled with depression from age 19 onwards and eventually flunked out and was put on academic probation.

When I was 24, I went to school to earn an associate's degree in veterinary technology. I was in a good place and earned straight As. I have had a satisfactory career as a certified veterinary technician. But that incomplete Bachelor's degree nagged at me. It taunted, asking why I wouldn't finish. I returned to the University in 2005 to take another stab at it, and earned decent grades for the 2 semesters I attended, but my work was very inflexible and it became impossible to continue.

I started my current job doing poison control for animals in 2007. It's a good job and they were much more education-friendly, so I decided to try, once again, to finish my degree. I found an individualized degree program where I could incorporate my previous psychology coursework with coursework in kinesiology to complete a B.S. I attended full-time while working full-time so I could finish within a couple of years.

Sometimes I wanted to give up, sometimes I wondered if I would make it through, and sometimes I questioned if all of the stress (mental and financial) was worth it. And then, one day, it was over. I had reached my goal and all of that perseverance and hard work had paid off. It was a slow, not-so-steady, and sometimes painful process, but I did it. I have worked hard on my mind, and now I can put forth the same effort to make my body strong and healthy.

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KESTREL500 2/13/2011 12:56PM

    Congratulations on your degree! I got my BS just a year before you at the age of 46 so I know how hard it can be balancing an adult life and school. So I decided to continue and go for my PhD! Go figure.

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PIXIESOMEDAY 2/7/2011 11:39AM

  I've been in school what seems like forever. For. Ever. I'll graduate next year though, which is so exciting. Congratulations on your degree!

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ALISHAB3 2/6/2011 2:43PM

    Congratulations on graduating! Hey, I had many similar experiences, I had the depressions at 19 and it took me 10 years to complete my BA. I am always impressed with people who actually finish.

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    You should be very proud of yourself! What you accomplished took tenacity, dedication and unwavering belief in your convictions. Congratulations on earning your degree and on everything that comes along with it. Much success and my best wishes to you, always!

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VALERIEMAHA 2/5/2011 2:54PM

...and I LOVE your process from academic achievement (you went up "The Rough Side of the Mountain" as the gospel song says) to now desiring the same success in self-care. YES! The same effort, determination, persistence will little-by-little, baby-step by baby-step result in sweet success!

I copied this quote off some SFriend's page and I think it speaks to where both of us are at. We need only to "Press on!":

"Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful [wo]men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan 'Press On' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race."
-- Author unknown

We're all in this together...this journey toward health of body*mind*spirit! That's one of the MANY amazing characteristics of SparkPeople -- the community of support!

Spark on!

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LEONALIONESS 2/5/2011 2:14PM

    Huge congrats!

I think, since you had to work so much harder, it means so much more. I didn't have any struggles and was able to do the Standard Life Script™ of 4 years of college right out of school. I took it for granted and it was more a fun diversion than a goal to be met. It was hard in places - coursework-wise - but it was more fun than stressful. I know, stfu! right? ;)

I don't seem my BS (in Art! Oh, how I LOL) as any big deal... because it was "easy". Reading this just made me realize how much for granted I took/take my college years and my degree. It's really awesome that you were such a trouper and made it a serious priority and gave it the sort of weight and appreciation higher education deserves! :)

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Back in the "swing" of things...

Sunday, January 23, 2011

I graduated with my Bachelor's degree a little over a month ago, and let's just say my fitness and weight loss goals were a little derailed with working full-time and going to school full-time. I am finally feeling a bit more "settled" into a routine, and a less hectic one at that. I have made health goals my first priority and have been diligent about eating better and working out, feats which seemed impossible during school.

The New Brighton Triathlon is just 6 short months away, and I am doing the bike leg with a team. I have done many triathlons in their entirety before, but I feel so out of shape compared to those days! I am building my cardio base and am happy to have an acheivable medium-term goal to prod me forward. I have been enjoying learning how to use kettlebells--it helps so much to have a novel fitness goal to keep things interesting.

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LEONALIONESS 1/23/2011 3:22PM

    Nice! Tris scare me with the open water swim. You're going to do awesome and rock it! :D

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