“Graduation is not the end; it is the beginning”~Orrin Hatch

I know that my blog has not been very active lately, but I have a good reason for my absence! Well, I feel it is a pretty good reason 🙂 I have spent the last three months buckling down to complete my Master’s Degree!!!! I took three courses this past semester so that I would be completely finished on graduation day and not have to take any summer courses. I was a little nervous going into the semester as working full-time and taking three courses, of which one included my capstone project, was a huge time commitment. It took a great deal of effort, but I am happy to say that I joined the ranks of some 9% of Americans that possess a Master’s Degree. Whoot whoot!!

I am glad that my family was able to join me for the ceremonies. My parents drove through less than ideal road conditions on Friday to make it to my hooding ceremony. If someone would have told me that there would be icy roads and snowy conditions on May 4th, I would have never believed them! You have to love Iowa weather!! Haha, luckily they made it safely and were able to see me receive my hood! We also had a very nice dinner after the hooding ceremony on Friday and enjoyed a nice night at the comfort sweats hotel. Sadly, that is not a typo…I will let you all ask Jenna about how hot it was! (inside joke: she commented every five minutes for at least a half hour at like 4am about how hot it was and how uncomfortable she was!).

Saturday morning started out with a congratulatory phone call from my brother! Exciting as his phone calls from the Dominican Republic are sometimes few and far between. Lucky for him, I considered being in the Peace Corps a valid enough reason to miss both my undergraduate and my graduate school graduations! With his support from afar, and my parents and sister present, I crossed the stage once again to receive my Master of Science degree in Student Affairs and Higher Education. Although they mail out the actual diplomas, I did get a pretty sweet diploma cover when I walked across the stage!

So, what’s the next step?! Paying off the student loans that I accumulated during my undergraduate career! I managed to make it through grad school without taking out any additional loans, but my undergrad loans will no longer be in deferment. 😦 sad day! How do I plan to pay off these loans? Well, if you haven’t already heard I have accepted a position at the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota as a Resident Director. I start sometime mid July so will finish out my contract here in Indianapolis before moving north! I am super excited for my next endeavor and so grateful for all of the support you lovely people reading this continue giving me. I wouldn’t have made it this far without you!! Stay tuned for some more updates, hopefully coming soon!! 🙂

Be sure to check out some picture below from the weekend!

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