Yesterday, I finally closed a chapter of my life and graduated with my Masters Degree in Education with specialty in Higher Education! If you’re like my family and friends boggled as to why I’d go back for a seconds masters, the answer is simple. My goal had always been to earn my doctorate and unfortunately for me, that required first earning a masters in education. I’ve been in higher-ed for many years, and in order to climb the ladder to the area I’m passionate about, it requires having another set of letters, in my signature.
The decision to pursue a graduate education, in my opinion, is a profoundly important one. It truly is a commitment of time, money, brain cells, etc. Additionally, it requires the sacrifice of a social life. Ultimately, people who decide on whether it’s worth doing should be able to check off one of the boxes below.
Graduate school will allow me to:
- Embark on a new career
- Become an expert in a field I’m passionate about
- Ascend to the top of my current profession equipped with everything I need to know
Nonetheless, pursuing a professional education, is a decision the shouldn’t be taken lightly. Due to the major financial commitment that come with it, I recommend researching the various kinds of professional schools, their job placement rates, the amount of support available to students, and most importantly if you will be working full time, the flexibility allowed.
This second round of graduate school was the most grueling experience. Juggling being a mom, wife, PTA President, Club President, traveling Volleyball parent, influencer, and employee often left me exhausted and admittedly, defeated. I often had to remind myself of the bigger picture. Canceling on dinner plans, taking my laptop to travel games with my daughter, taking rain checks to family events, among other things, certainly was alienating. By the grace of God, it’s done and I graduated cum laude at that!
I say all this to say,
How cute was my dress I wore. If you recall, I wore the black version while in Paris few months back in March. This dress is under $40 and most importantly, doesn’t look it! Get it below