In January 2008, I went straight to grad school after graduating college. Due to numerous financial and personal issues, I dropped out, moved back home and worked full-time for two years.
I went back in September 2010. I went to school full-time while working part-time, volunteering for three different organizations, and sorta, kinda "planning" a wedding (my roommate actually did a lot of that job for me).
Got married in July 2011, moved half-way across the country, and had an unexpected baby. Thanks to the patience of the staff at Aquinas Institute and Rev. Terry Culbertson at Upstate University Hospital, I was able to complete the 5 remaining courses to finish my degree.
I technically graduated in December 2012, but I got to walk this past Friday. It is the end of a very long journey. As a woman I met Saturday said, "You really wanted this."