It's finally happening!!
I got the letter about graduation, in the mail the other day! On April 15, 2011, I will get to wear the black cap and gown that I have coveted for so long and accept my first college diploma!
For years, I have dreamed of the day that I would pose for a picture, with my children, wearing that cap and gown. That is what kept me going through semesters when I wanted to give it all up and quit. The image of me, with my children and proof of my hard work.
To say that I am excited, doesn't begin to describe the emotions that I'm feeling. I can't believe that this day is finally here. I've taken more tests than I can remember. I've written some papers I'm proud of. I've studied more hours than I can count. I've experienced horrible professors and learning with cadavers. I've made some great friends and I've realized how strong I am. It's been a trying...and amazing few years.
Now? Now I keep working toward a Bachelor's degree while I wait to be accepted into a nursing program. That is where the true test begins. Can I do it? Am I really that strong? Or did I just become really good at faking it? Staring into the future and what is to come, is overwhelming. How am I going to do it? How will I juggle a family and work and school and clinicals?
Everyone says I can...but, can I?
I don't want April 15th to be the end of my journey. I've worked too hard, to give up now. In a couple weeks, I'll have the picture that I've always wanted. Next goal? To hear my children say, "That's my Mom! She's a nurse!" :)