This isn’t a travel blog and in the past I haven’t discussed too many personal topics but I wanted to post a little bit about the trip I took last weekend. As I have mentioned previously, I recently finished school and earned a BBA degree in marketing from Walsh College in Troy, Michigan. So this past weekend I went to Detroit to attend my commencement ceremony. I started attending Walsh prior to moving to Los Angeles and after my move I continued my studies by way of their online program.
So yes, at the age of 27, I am officially a college graduate!!! And, if you’ll allow me to do a bit of bragging, not only did I graduate, I graduated summa cum laude and am a member of Delta Mu Delta, an international honor society for business programs. It’s a good thing I did too, the honor chords I wore brightened up my otherwise drab cap and gown.
There were many points while I was in school where I questioned our education system. I wondered if using the same teaching methods that have been used over the last few hundred years was still the best approach and above all, I wondered why it has to be so expensive to earn a degree; but I am not going to get into that. Of course, there were also times where I wanted to give up but I found a way to persevere.
Graduating for me was especially gratifying because it marked the accomplishment of a goal I set myself, to be the first person in my family to earn a degree. Beyond this, I funded my entire education with money that I earned so although it took me a while to complete, I am not leaving school saddled with debt from student loans. Online classes require more self-discipline but I am a homebody so it worked out well for me; it’s especially great to work on assignments at any time in the day opposed to having to attend a class at a specific time.
I truly felt like a princess for the ceremony last Saturday. Under my gown, I wore a beautiful blush BCBG dress with lace detail on the back and shoulders. My shoes worked out perfectly as well, the block heel was comfortable and easy to walk in which helped calm my nerves as I waited to walk across the stage. It was an incredibly special day for me.
I grew up in Detroit so going back allowed me to visit with family and friends and reconnect with places that meant a lot to me when I lived here. Despite the harsh winters, Detroit has a lot to offer and this will be the subject of my next post, where I’ll pass along some suggestions on things to do and places to see if you’re ever in that part of the world.
I hope this brings back fond memories of your graduation or some other significant event in your life.