Graduation – to celebrate or not?
I just finished taking my last final.
I’m still digesting this sentence.
No more night classes. No more Salt Lake Community College. No more staying home to do homework while all of my friends are at the pool, or skiing, or doing absolutely nothing. No more eating dinner out of a vending machine. No more sleepless nights worrying about how I am going to juggle work and school. No more tuition. No more expensive college books.
But, for some reason I am reluctant to celebrate. It’s strange, but now that I’m done, having an associates degree just seems like not that big of a deal. Or at least I’m worried that is what other people will think.
Woo. Hoo. You now have the same degree that every other 21 year old has, only ten years later than them. Congratu-friggin-lation.
But, on the other hand, I do feel proud. It has been a long, long process and I have stayed diligent through it all. In fact, I have been writing about my college journey for almost FOUR YEARS!
Yes, taking night classes part-time results in four years to get an associates degree. It’s embarrassing. Do I really have the right to gloat about my silly little degree that took me so long?
Yes. I think I do.
PS – continuing education? Yes, I intend to get a BA degree. I’ve come this far after all. However, I’m taking the next seven months off to focus on my career. If everything goes well, in 2013 I’ll start another four year process to get an undergraduate degree.