Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Four Years

The future belongs to those who follow the beauty of their dreams. - Eleanor Roosevelt
Four years ago today, I earned my Bachelor's degree, with a double major (English-Creative Writing and Women's Studies).  I graduated cum laude, and was the Presidential Scholar for Women's Studies.  Pretty good for someone who grew up being told by her grandfather that she was dumb and would never amount to anything.

I believed him for years.

Standing behind the stage, dressed in my cap and gown, waiting for my name to be called, I was filled with a sense of pride that I had never experienced before.  The ceremony is a blur but I doubt I'll ever forget how wonderful that feeling was.  I put my grandfather's ghost to rest and took an important step forward in my life.

Now, four years later, I have a BA and two ! Master's degrees - one in Gender & Women's Studies and one in History (okay, the History degree isn't official yet, until I present my thesis to my committee.  But it's there - on the horizon.)  And in the Fall, I start PhD studies.


I am incredibly blessed.  Blessed to be studying something I love so much.  Blessed to be able to teach a subject that empowers young women and men.  Blessed to have a life centered on learning.  If you've ever dreamed of going back to school, please go.  You're never too old.  After all, you'll still be that old four or six or ten years later.  It is one of the best gifts you can ever give yourself.


  1. You've accomplished so much in four years! I'm really proud of you. I've had my own share of less-than-encouraging relatives, so I know how much it means to succeed in spite of the things they told us. Keep up the awesome work!


  2. Congratulations on the realization of a dream- it is a wonderful accomplishment that no one can take away from you. You must be very proud of your work. I hope you find a way to celebrate each milestone of achievement.