I did it. I graduated with a Master of Business Administration!
I still can’t believe that I’m FINALLY done with having to attend classes right after work, studying and writing papers! I couldn’t have done it without the support of my amazing husband and my parents!
The ceremony was on a Friday evening. I worked a half day and then left early to get a manicure and have plenty of time to get ready. My Mom, Pop, husband and daughter all came to the ceremony to cheer me on. I know a graduation ceremony isn’t an ideal setting for a toddler but it was important to me that FabDaughter attend even though she’s only 2 and a half. I hope that I have set (and will continue to set) a good example for her. I want her to know that if she works hard, she will be able to accomplish whatever she sets her mind to do. I hope that she learns how to grow up being a strong and independent woman (just like her mommy). Anyway, I packed a bag full of stuff to keep FabDaughter amused during the ceremony but no sooner than after the auditorium quiets down, I hear a scream that sounds vaguely familiar. Then I hear a “NO.” Yup, that was my daughter screaming loud as can be during the keynote speaker:-) I looked up and FabHubby was carrying her out of the auditorium. FabHubby and FabDaughter were able to watch from a loge that had audio playing inside so they didn’t really miss anything and FabDaughter got to play with another little girl during the ceremony. In fact, when FabHubby saw I was getting ready to head out of the auditorium to get in line backstage to receive my diploma, he brought FabDaughter out so they could meet me right before I went backstage. It was wonderful to see both of their faces right before I got in line to walk across the stage!
I am very proud that I was able to pull off getting a master’s degree while being a wife, mother and career gal. I am also very thankful and touched for all the support I have received from my family and friends! I can’t believe how many cards and gifts I received. I got a couple really amazing gifts too:-) On top of that my coworkers decorated my cube, took me to lunch and had a little party for me with yummy snacks and surprised me the graduation cap charm for my Pandora bracelet. I also got to have a fun dinner at PF Changs (one of my favorites) with most of my best friends. I wasn’t expecting anything from anyone outside of my immediate family and it sure made me feel loved!!
However, I was quite surprised that my “real” (biological) dad didn’t call me on graduation day. I didn’t invite him (but he never asked to come either) since I was leaving right after the ceremony to go see my Mom’s family (to celebrate my Granny’s 91st birthday) and would see him too in the same weekend. I did tell him on multiple occasions as well as emailed him the info and link so he could watch the live stream online if he wanted to. Well when he asked me “how classes were going” two days later, I realized why he didn’t call…because he forgot that I was graduating! This is the biggest thing I have ever done so far and it really kind of sucks that my own father didn’t really acknowledge my accomplishment. So many people did such nice things to for me so it’s kind of funny in a way… Well maybe not.
I am very lucky girl to have the most wonderful, loving and supportive husband. We are lucky to have such an amazing daughter. I’m lucky to have the best mom ever and such a loving step-dad who has been my “real” dad for the past 26 years. I am also lucky to have such a caring and supportive family and friends:-) I would like to thank you all for being in my life!