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

    Particularly in the face of debilitating anxiety, your achievements are especially meaningful. Here's to a wonderful future ahead for you!
    1149 days ago
    Hooray for you! You have come so far and you will continue to achieve!
    1149 days ago
    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
    1150 days ago
    congrats, very inspiring . emoticon emoticon
    1150 days ago
    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.
    1150 days ago
    emoticon the sky is the limit emoticon
    1150 days ago
    So proud of you and your accomplishments emoticon
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