Sometimes I get 4 paragraphs in on a retort to someone on the internet. Then I stop and ask my self “What’s the point?” delete it, and go about my day.
Last finals taken, last papers turned in, i’ve walked the stage.
I am the newest Bachelor of Science holder in Physics, and I think the first person to graduate from my school with the applied physics option!
..of my undergraduate career. Even if I fail it, I will still get at least a C in the class. C is pass. C is a degree. That’s a good feeling.
Anonymous asked: Stay strong. You have much to be proud of :)
Thank you! Your comment was very much appreciated!
I graduate next weekend. This is really exciting for me. It is exciting because it has taken me 13 years. 13 years. Over the course of that 13 years, I spent 5 in the military. I joined the military because after my first year in school I realized I couldn’t afford it.
So I joined. I deployed to pay for school. I got shot out, blown up, lost good friends to pay for school. I spent 4 months performing 1-2 funerals a day 6 days a week on a rifle squad line and playing taps to pay for school. I tore my rotator cuff breaking down a door in Iraq, and had part of the ac in my shoulder removed to pay for school.
When I got out of the military, I went back to school. During that time I had a divorce, two custody battles, bouts with ptsd, death of family members and friends, significant others diagnosed with debilitating and ultimately terminal diseases, and through it all I continued going to school. Didn’t always do my best, but I never quit, or gave up.
The fact that I was going to school was used against me in my custody hearing. The fact that I actually have to work while going to school was used against me. The fact that I am trying to better my self so that I can provide the best possible for my son, was used in the case that ultimately resulted in my time with my son reducing from %50 of the time to 6 days a month.
I literally in every sense possible sacrificed sweat, tears, and blood to go to school.
So when you tell me that your life doesn’t just fall in place like mine does. When you tell me that I am lucky that I’m graduating. When you call me a jerk because I will have a degree while you struggle without. When you find any way to take responsibility for my success.