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Finished my degree - what the future holds

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Today I finished my last class for my Bachelor's degree in human services. More than four years ago I had no high school diploma and very little hopes for my future. I suffered from debilitating anxiety that kept me a prisoner in my own home for many years, afraid of anything and everything.

In the past four and a half years, I have earned my GED, fallen in love and gotten married, obtained a full-time job that I love, and attended and finished college. I am forever grateful for the people who have helped me along the way and encouraged me to make changes to do better things with my life.

So I am done with school and I am still working at the same place I have been for the past 4 months and I plan to continue working with them with the hopes that eventually I'll be able to apply for a position that will enable me to use the skills and knowledge that I have obtained over the past 4 years while earning my degree.

My focus now is going to be solely on working on myself and my health. I want to make better choices for myself and ensure that I will be around for a very long time so that I can leave this world a much better place. I have a lot of years left to live and in many ways my journey is just beginning.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
STARLITNIGHT 3/6/2014 1:03AM

    Wow, great focus to achieve all that you wanted. I hope everything is still going great in your life!

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CIRANDELLA 7/1/2013 9:07AM


Particularly in the face of debilitating anxiety, your achievements are especially meaningful. Here's to a wonderful future ahead for you!

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PATTYKLAVER 7/1/2013 8:27AM

    Hooray for you! You have come so far and you will continue to achieve!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/30/2013 10:18PM

    You are an amazing woman and I am so proud of you. You have come a long way in 4 years!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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XSENCIX 6/30/2013 6:00PM

    congrats, very inspiring . emoticon emoticon

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NANCYPAT1 6/30/2013 5:51PM

    You should be SOOOO proud of your accomplishments. So many stories like yours have a very different ending. I think you are a true role model for others - especially young kids who think that ONE poor choice is the end of the world. When I taught lifespan development in psychology, as part of my introduction I would start with a discussion of those who drop out of HS, especially those who did so because they were pregnant - asking students to talk about what they thought the person's life would be like. I would then give MY introduction, pointing out I was a HS dropout who dropped out because in MY day - they did not ALLOW pregnant girls to go to school because it might be "catching" or something AND I also had a GED, a BA, an MS, and almost through my PhD program - and warn that people all too often make snap judgements about people without really KNOWING what they are talking about. I pointed out it was NOT the easiest path to take, BUT that with determination ANYTHING is possible. YOU ROCK - please take a BOW.

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SISTERPRETTY 6/30/2013 5:25PM

    emoticon the sky is the limit emoticon

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SISTERPRETTY 6/30/2013 5:25PM

    So proud of you and your accomplishments emoticon

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SISTERPRETTY 6/30/2013 5:24PM

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