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One Semester to Go

I’m pretty excited that I only have one semester remaining before obtaining my bachelor’s degree in psychology. I’m almost there!

Here are just a few of the obstacles I’ve overcome since my academic journey began 5 years ago:

  • Dropped out due to chest pains and stress- 2010
  • Asked for $1,200 school debt to be forgiven so I could return (It was.)
  • Had a breakdown and had to temporarily withdraw 2011
  • House’s foundation crumbled/flooded due to freak thunderstorm/flood- causing my children and I to be homeless- 2012
  • Car accident which caused me to have to drop 1/2 my classes- 2013
  • Filed appeal to have balance deferred so I could complete AA degree
  • Filed (full) refund appeal for math course-2014 (won the appeal)
  • Filed another appeal to have 6 classes (erroneously added) removed from remaining course load (won the appeal)

It’s definitely been an uphill battle, and what should have taken me many more years to complete, I was able to complete in just 3 years. (Associates degree in Behavioral Sciences and a CPC/Certification in Substance Abuse.)

I’ve worked so hard and have fought through hell and back to be able to get to this point- relentlessly– and can finally see the finish line just ahead. My final semester begins in two weeks; and my last 5 courses are:

  • Marine Biology (Bio. elective)
  • Psychology of Personality (Psych)
  • Sensation and Perception (Psych)
  • Senior Seminar/Capstone Project
  • And that damn Statistics class

After I graduate in May (2016), I’ll have the summer off before beginning my Master’s in Forensic Psychology. Things are looking pretty good. 🙂 I received all A’s last semester so this next semester, it will be extremely important to make mostly A’s as well so that I can get into my Master’s program.

The years are flying by! Another year is gone. This year was the hardest year of my life. I have no doubt that 2016 will be a much better year on many levels.

I’m coming for you Bipolar Barbie-Q!

Early edit from 2009, from my Photoshopping days (friend’s daughter)

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12 responses

  1. Charge on!!! You will do it!!!

    December 28, 2015 at 3:18 am

    • Aww…thanks, Ted. 🙂 After all of that crap, I’m pretty sure nothing will hold me back…heheh…

      Merry (late) Christmas to you! x

      December 28, 2015 at 3:21 am

      • Thinking of some old phrase, ‘ what doesn’t wreck your mind , will get you a Doctorate in Psychology!’ Well , okay , maybe no one said that.. Though I have the utmost confidence in you. Take care, happy new year!!

        December 29, 2015 at 10:09 pm

      • Haha….exactly. Seeing how I got my (last) breakdown out of the way already- I’m pretty sure I’m good now. 😉 Happy New Year to you as well!

        December 30, 2015 at 3:09 pm

  2. As always, I am furiously cheering for you! You are an inspiration!

    December 28, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    • Thanks so much, O! It’s been a hell of a ride. :-/ That inspiration thing goes both ways though. 😉

      December 28, 2015 at 6:20 pm

  3. yvo

    sheesh that photo is spectacular!!! Wow. Could be on cover of fashion, newsweek, environmental mag etc. crosses boundaries!! Yes you have been tested and you abso-fucking-lutely screamed past the finish line. Seriously!! that is crazy the barriers and walls you blAsted through B–Girl!!. You are a warrior and lucky will be those placed in your path to help. Blessings and cheers to you my friend. I am proud to call you my friend. xxooxx

    December 28, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    • Oh, hey you. 🙂 Thanks so much , Y. I could easily say the same for your situation though think about it. We roll in some seriously deep waters sometimes. But that’s what makes us sharks in the end, eh? Love you so much and I can’t thank you enough for all of your unending, unwavering friendship and support. You’re the best. xo

      December 28, 2015 at 7:26 pm

  4. ‘bachelor’s degree in psychology’
    I’m very excited for you 🙂

    December 28, 2015 at 10:54 pm

  5. elmediat

    Excellent to see you have made it out of the trenches and through no man’s land. All the best for the New Year.

    December 31, 2015 at 1:15 am

    • I don’t know about that; I’m heading into the belly of the beast in two more weeks. A Capstone course AND a statistics course that oughta be a bucket of fun, eh? Thanks though. ;0) I hope 2016 is a great year for you! No doubt it will be, and I’ll be looking forward to another year of your beautiful art work.

      December 31, 2015 at 5:14 am

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