Sunday, May 7, 2017
On this day, I graduated from The Ohio State University with my bachelor’s degree in Atmospheric Science. It was an exciting, yet emotionally overwhelming, day for me because I accomplished a goal that I wasn’t sure would come true. I was a non-traditional student pursuing a career along with high school graduates and young twenty-somethings working on their master’s degrees in the field. Why did I put myself through all this?
Before returning to college, I worked in various Accounting jobs. My last one was processing payroll for a large local bank and I began to realize that my career was at a standstill. I certainly looked at internal job postings and other prospective employers, but was denied because I didn’t have the paper management wanted to see……….. The Bachelor’s Degree. Even though I had an associate’s degree in Accounting with 25+ years of Accounting experience, including 9 years of payroll experience……well, that didn’t matter much. So, after a lot of thought and prayer, I went back to college. But I decided it was time to pursue my passion…..weather.
After taking grueling courses of Physics, Calculus, Differential Equations, and many others……..
I walked into Ohio Stadium as a member of the 2017 graduating class! As you can see, I wasn’t the only one trying to capture the moment. Emerging from the tunnel onto the field and being led to our seats was awe inspiring. Most graduates were seated with students that were in other majors because only a few majors were considered tagged, meaning our major was printed on our degrees. So, I got to line up and sit with my fellow classmates. Unfortunately, there were three who were unable to attend.
Now that I have graduated, my path is new and fresh. I’m still in the job hunting process and will continue working on my blog. Now, I can’t close without giving the most thanks to my biggest supporter…..my mom.
Without her support and encouragement, this day would never have come. (That’s mom on the right and my brother on the left.)
Good things shall come and each day is a blessing!