There are many moments in life worth celebrating and feeling proud of. My proudest moment was the day I graduated from college with my bachelor’s Degree. I was an okay student in high school but never really concerned myself with how my performance there would affect my college career. I was ready to graduate and get out of school that I rushed through the 4 years of high school. I didn’t get a scholarship for college so paying for school fell solely on me. The summer before college classes began, I got motivated. I was working part-time at Publix and had just bought my first car. It was time to buckle down and study! I wanted to graduate from college and get a good job so I could support myself on my own.
I started community college in the fall of 2007 with the plan to go onto UCF for English or Creative Writing. I was 18 and wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Halfway through my first semester I decided to switch paths and go to school for photography. I toured a school an hour away and applied for their Photographic Technology program which would allow me to get into the Bachelor’s program for Photography at UCF once I graduated. I dove right in! On top of a photography degree I also decided it would be smart to get my Associates in General Education in case I wanted to go for something else after two years. It paid off. After three years of studying and long nights in the darkroom making prints, I graduated with both my AA and AS degree. As exciting as it was to have two degrees I knew I wasn’t finish. I was meeting a lot of people who hadn’t finished their degrees and seen where it got them. I knew what I had to do.
In the spring of my final semester of my third year, I decided to make a decision on what my Bachelor’s would be in. One of my photography professors recommended I look into a Psychology program or get into Advertising and Marketing. I did a little research and found the Advertising program a good fit for my interests. I applied to UNF and UF with hopes I would get into both and I could choose. I toured both campuses and decided UNF in Jacksonville was the place for me. I got my acceptance letter 2 days before my 21st birthday. I knew I’d be moving in the summer and I couldn’t wait.
The transition and move were pretty hard for me at first. I made a promise to myself that no matter how I felt or what happened I was going to finish school and get a job. I didn’t want to give up or go back to my roots knowing it would be failure in my eyes. The first semester at UNF wasn’t the easiest but it taught me a lot about myself and what I wanted. I got an internship my second semester at UNF for a local radio station and loved what I was doing and learning!
By the time my senior year came around, I was kicking butt at school! I made Dean’s list my entire educational career at UNF and knew I had to finish strong. I got my dream internship at a local advertising agency copywriting and dedicated myself to an independent study with one of my favorite professors. The last semester was the hardest! I had senioritis and couldn’t wait to get a real job and start saving money. I would lose sleep over projects and job hunting for after college. I graduated from the University of North Florida on April 27th, 2012. My husband and I graduated on the same day at different times so it was a hectic day for us both. We did graduation pictures the day before to avoid the crowds. When my time came to walk across the stage I had a plan. I was handed my diploma and threw my fist in the air like Judd Nelson at the end of The Breakfast Club. I was done. I did it!
What is your proudest moment?