I have come to the end of a long journey. I finished college, graduating with my master’s degree.
I started college in the fall of 2003 in Washington, four years after I graduated high school. At the time I was only going for an associate’s degree. I was near completion when I moved to Arizona and ended up having to take many extra classes to match Arizona’s requirements to obtain my associates. I graduated in 2009 (yes it took that long for me to graduate). A lot of things in life were changing and I soon decided I needed more and applied at the local university to obtain my bachelor’s degree and graduated in 2012. I decided I had one more achievement I wanted or maybe I needed. I applied and was accepted for the master’s program. I officially graduated Cum Laude with my master’s degree in criminal justice last week. Why does this journey matter? It matters because…
- I repeated 3rd grade.
- I did Hooked on Phonics.
- I went to Sylvan Learning Center.
- I had after school tutoring.
- My high school math teacher called me the stupidest person he had ever met.
- During my senior year parent teacher conference my English teacher told my father not to bother sending me to college.
Those reasons are why it matters. To prove that what matters in life is not a person’s words or what others think. What matters are actions. Your actions.