Perseverance Pays Off

For weeks now I’ve been battling with Financial Aid at the University- and I know everyone has their own horror stories of the special level of unhelpful hell that is college fin/aid- so I’ll spare you mine. But finally this morning, children in tow, yet another trip out there, I emerged victorious, holds lifted, and funds set to clear for fall. I felt like Will Smith in Independence Day when he was dragging the parachute behind him in the desert.

The kids and I ran over to Senior Hall, where I was meeting with a new advisor, after placing a hex on my previous inept nincompoop. My new advisor provided me more concrete information in thirty minutes with three kids dancing around the desk than my old one did in five full quarters of college. We went over everything, and I have a written plan of exactly what I need to do EACH quarter between now and Spring in order to graduate in June. Before this week, I wasn’t even sure how many credits I had, and what applied to my major. Like I said, he was a nincompoop.

When I left my New and Improved Advisor’s office this morning, I had all my classes registered, winter and spring quarters laid out, my senior capstone reserved, and graduation slated. It was freaking amazing! Unreal what a little competence can do.

I can take the GRE in the spring, and while my course-load is going to be heavy between now and then (but I’m a college Senior so that’s kinda expected, right?) in June I should be walking in robes, a mortarboard, and hopefully with a tassel or three.

It’s the most hopeful I’ve felt in a long time. Now I need to start looking at Grad Schools. 3.92 is good, right? Anyone want to write me some letters of recommendation? ;)

13 thoughts on “Perseverance Pays Off

  1. That’s awesome Tracy! You rock.

    When my husband was going back go school he had to map everything out himself–the counselor he saw actually gave him misinformation, and he had to correct her.

  2. Woohoo!! You are victorious!! “Unreal what a little competence can do.” Truer words were never spoken. You know my husband is still open to writing you a letter of rec since he’s a doctor and all. ;)

  3. Simply awesome! Just a bit of advise: Please, please, PLEASE set a small bit of time each week (starting…NOW) for practicing the GRE. You are younger than me but please know those timed standardized tests are *hell* on someone who is, uh, “of age” and has given birth/raised kids!

  4. I can write you a letter of recommendation — I’m a prof and I can put it on college letterhead and make it look all official and stuff… :) I’m so happy for your triumphs and successes — you deserve them.

  5. I’m so happy for your successful little bit of competence. I had about given up believing that any of that still existed…

    Tracy, you are an inspiration in so many ways, but being in need of a vast amount of perseverance at the moment, the fact that you have persevered in your sphere gives me hope to continue on in mine.

    Have a fantastic year. I can’t wait to see pictures of you in cap and gown!

  6. The most congratulations to you! …it just seems like the other day you were writing how you were going to start college….3.92 is great! especially with three children.

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