Closing a chapter

This afternoon, I will attend my final class of my undergraduate career. I never thought this day would come; however, it has arrived. To know how I got here, you should know where I came from.

Six and a half years ago, I graduated from high school (early, mind you…not late). I came to the decision early in my senior year of high school that I wanted to get out of that scene and move on to college. As a result, I began attending college in January of 2005 at Campbell University. Admittedly, I was not ready for college. I was just a young 17 year old who knew little about the world in general (not that I know everything now, but I do know quite a bit more than I did then). I spent a rough year there and left in December of that same year.

In January of the next year, I began taking classes at our local community college, Wake Technical Community College and at one of the many local universities, North Carolina State University. At NC State, I took general classes: psychology and Spanish. At Wake Tech, however, I took a class to jump start my medical career. There, I began a Certified Nursing Assistant / Home Health Aide class. While I really didn’t use these certifications, I know it was a good decision to get these (I would later use them in a private health care situation but never in a public setting).

The following fall, I began a 2-year, exceptionally intensive program in Emergency Medical Science at the community college. I spent a full 2 years working in the classroom and in the field to complete my degree. I obtained my EMT-Paramedic certification at the end of the program and have worked in the EMS field for nearly five years.

Even after finishing my degree, I immediately dove back into studies while I began working on a full-time schedule. Some of the reason was because I get really bored at work when there’s nothing to do (so having homework to do would keep me busy / “entertained”) but also because I knew I wanted to complete my bachelor’s degree so that I would have “options” available to me if / when I wanted to start a family (as much as I love my job, I absolutely feel that it is not conducive to having a family — it may be easier for men to do this job and still have that family, though). Personally, I just have a difficult time convincing myself that I can leave my child at home for 24+ hours (with my husband, nonetheless).

As a result, during that first year of full-time EMS work, I made a trip to Boone to visit a friend and fell in love with the campus of the school he was attending. Less than a year after that trip, I would find myself a student at that very school: Appalachian State University. This, of course, being the school I will graduate from next Saturday. That was nearly 2 years ago when I made the move to Boone. In just under 2 weeks, I will be returning back home, moving into my new apartment, where Jon will join me on June 4. It has been a long journey to get to this point — but, in the end, I think it will be well worth it.

As one chapter of my life closes, I begin another with moving, resuming full-time work as well as getting married — all within 4 weeks. There are a lot of changes coming up and I am so excited about all of them! For now, 1 class and 3 exams are what separate me from graduation!

10 days, 7 hours, 3 minutes until graduation!

38 days, 5 hours, 3 minutes until I get married!