Monday was D-Day, June 6, 2011. It was also D-Day as far as my two years at Ashford University. Degree Day. While my opportunity to graduate and receive my diploma won't occur until October, Monday I finished and submitted my final paper, in my final class, finally. It's like a long race has finally ended. At 47, I am a college graduate.
I would never have had this opportunity without the support of my family, my co-workers and Project Working Mom. Working two jobs, going to school full-time and volunteering in the community wasn't easy. But I couldn't let anything go. We need the income, I am committed to the projects I do for our town, and this really was my golden opportunity to get the degree that has been out of reach for so long.
I just wanted to log in one more time and post to say a few things. Most importantly, you can do this! As a working adult, you probably think that college is out of reach. With online education, you can work and go to school. The classes are organized for adult learners. My school, Ashford University, does not require group projects, so your work depends on your creativity, hard work and perseverence.
People will ask you, why do you want a degree at 47, or 55 or 62? Will your life change? The real answer is, who knows? It may open new doors. On the other hand, it may just be the fulfillment of something you've wanted to accomplish. It was 29 years to the day from my high school graduation to my final day of college. I've done what I set out to do. Thanks everyone, and thanks Project Working Mom. I've crossed the finish line!