It's Here!

Graduation is Sunday. 

Where did the time go? This is a question I am constantly asking myself. Several weeks ago I began counting down until Graduation knowing that I would be 32 weeks pregnant with baby girl. My black gown will literally look like a tent! 

As I look back on my journey to build up to this day it has been full of twists and turns. Barclay College is my fourth college that I have attended. 

I began at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. I went with the intention of a business degree or English education. I believe that's what I had written down. I knew I would begin by getting some required classes finished and then I would go from there. While there I became very interested in both history and psychology. I was there for two semesters. I left due to becoming engaged to my ex-fiance. 

I then attended Garden City Community College for one semester. Again, I took some required courses. I did well there, but did not want to stay there. After my fiance became my ex-fiance I decided to jump onto the online college road. That was one of my best decisions for me. I'm not the type that really enjoys going to class or ever even tried out campus life. I lived in apartments or rentals for my first three semesters. I also learn very well on my own and somehow manage my time to be able to accomplish all I need to. So I enrolled in Fort Hays University Virtual College. 

I took several classes through Fort Hays. When looking back I think that I took three semesters of classes from them. During that time I met and married my wonderful husband who is the Director of Admissions at Barclay College. 

I truly thought that I needed to stay at Fort Hays, but after much convincing from my husband, my mother and the perks of the financial aid (hello free education thanks to my husband being employed there for so long!) I said goodbye to Fort Hays University and hello to Barclay College. I am so glad that I transferred for so many different reasons that are not just financial. 

Through Barclay College I also was required to take several Biblical courses. I really enjoyed those classes and learned a lot not only about the Bible, but also about myself and my faith. Barclay College has helped me grow as an individual in my intended course of study as well as develop my relationship with Christ. That's a pretty good perk if you ask me! 

During all of these twists and turns I finally landed on my career choice in psychology. I really feel a calling to become a school counselor, preferably a high school counselor. Yes, I will have to continue my education and receive my Master's. However, that will be for another day and year. Right now I am very content with having my Bachelor's degree. 

During the time I've spent on college courses (5 years to be exact!) several life changes have occurred for me. 

  • I met and married my amazing husband who has been more than supportive of my college journey. We will be celebrating three years of marriage on June 12th. 
  • We became pregnant with our very first child, Bryson Bradley. He turns 2 years old on June 3rd. This has been my biggest challenge with school. Being a stay at home momma during almost 2 years of online classes was difficult. Not only was it difficult on me, but it was difficult on my husband and I as a couple. We had to sacrifice a lot of our time together in the evenings in order for me to work on homework for my classes. We are so glad this journey is coming to an end. 
  • We had a miscarriage. This was extremely difficult for both of us. I was between 6-7 weeks along when I miscarried. 
  • We were truly blessed by another healthy pregnancy after our miscarriage. We found out we were having a baby girl in January and are excited to be adding on to our family. Due June 30th, I am excited to be graduating this weekend. I have one 6 week class that I have to finish up to receive my degree and that begins on July 8th. To say that I am a little stressed about that element is an understatement, but I know with the help of my family and friends I will make it through!

So here I am. A wife, a momma to a two year old energetic boy and an expecting momma of a baby girl. At the age of 23 I am graduating. Only one year off of what I thought I would be graduating. I think my important life events and the obstacles I have overcome in the last 5 years were more than worth continuing my education for only an extra year than what I intended. 

On Sunday I will walk up on that stage in my pregnant glory knowing that this degree I am completing is not only for me, but it is for my family. I want my children to know that their momma worked hard to receive her Bachelor's degree and that even though my dream of being a stay at home momma has come true I also am pursuing my other dreams and goals. My family has also had to make sacrifices and supportive decisions with me in order to continue this journey. It is possible. God made it possible for me and I am very thankful! He gave me a goal to work towards and a supportive system through my family and friends. He gave me an understanding, loving husband who also wanted me to pursue my degree. He gave me motivation when I didn't have it to complete classes. He gave me faith. 

In the words of my little boy Bryson, "I did it! (while jumping up and down!)"


  1. Congrats! How very exciting! I also can't seem to do well in a "normal" college setting. I haven't quite gotten back to education, but I know my time will come as well!
    You have accomplished great things in a short time!

    1. Thank you! :) I am glad that this journey is coming to the end of its' road. Online education seems to be an increasingly popular choice. Good luck on your future educational journey when you decide to pursue it. It isn't easy, but it is rewarding. I'm sure you will do great!


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