College Goals – CHECK!

I started in 1999. I was not born to college graduates. I didn’t have anyone to help me figure things out. I tried and failed. Moved out of state. Tried again. And failed again. Moved home. Tried again. I received an Associate’s degree. Online. It was mailed to me. I finished one month before my oldest was born. She will be turning 10 this year.

In 2007 I had already started working at a company where I felt like I had potential to turn it into a career. Yet I never knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. Lofty unrealistic dreams of my youth escaped me. I was in the real world. I had a family. I had to support it. I felt less than. All the time. Because I didn’t “go to college” like the rest of the workforce I was embedded in. I was constantly reminded of my shortcoming. Each promotion was drizzled with a certain connotation.

In 2014 I enrolled. I was on a mission. I was told I could not climb that ladder one more rung unless I get my bachelor’s degree. So I embarked on the journey. And a year later I left that job. After 10 years. It wore me down. Now, this degree was for me. It will not advance my career. I don’t need it. I want it.

I have one more class. It meets twice a week for 5 weeks. My capstone. June 12th to July 16th. They don’t have summer graduation so I walked in Spring Commencement.

When I picked up my tickets I cried.

It has been hard these past three years. Testing myself. My endurance. So many tears. I have a career. I have children. I have spent so much time on this degree and I can’t believe the end is here. That I did it. That I made it.

When I walked across the stage I heard two little voices yell “Mommy!” and I cried.

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We can do hard things. We absolutely can. Go, go and do hard things. Because you can. Because you want to.

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  1. Yippee!!! Sommer, congratulations. What a great contribution you are making to your college, to your environment, to your kids … and most importantly, this is a huge gift to YOURSELF. I am so happy for you. Sending you big applause from here in Los Angeles.
    Blessings, Debbie

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  2. You did it for the right reasons, and for that it means so much more. It wouldn’t have mattered to them – trust me. And in the grand scheme of things how you feel, how you inspire your babies and how you impress the people that love you means the whole world. Congratulations ❤

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  3. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: you are amazing!! I’m so proud of you and excited for you. You’ve worked so hard. In all things. In all aspects. And now it’s almost time to sit back and admire your work. I hope you’re enjoying these few weeks off to the fullest. And I hope when July has come and gone you see and feel as fabulous as you should for all you have accomplished. Xo

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