If you follow me on social media then you already know that this past weekend I graduated from Hillsborough Community College. I began in 2015 after I was forced to leave the university I was attending due to the out of state expenses. When I first had to leave college I was devastated and then once I returned home none of the credits I had already completed at the university transferred. I became depressed and developed the F*** college attitude, I wasn’t about to start all the way over but in 2015 I made the decision to just bite the bullet and start over. HCC was my second chance at earning an education for myself and one of the best decisions I ever made.
Graduating HCC was not easy, I worked full time, had a full time class load, and started this blog, needless to say I was always busy and most the time stressed out but I did it. At first, I did not see this as an accomplishment, why you may ask? Well I still have two more years until I complete my Bachelor’s degree and I did not see the point in celebrating when I wasn't “completely” done. After some reflecting I realized I have a hard time celebrating my own achievements and that had to change. I always downplay myself and I don’t know why but this time I refused to do that. Receiving my Associates isn’t my ultimate goal but it was a major step toward the degree I really wanted. I worked very hard for this degree and I felt it was time to give myself a little bit more credit than I do and celebrate this major milestone. This degree reminded me that I have to appreciate the smaller accomplishments in order to truly embrace the major ones. Check out some pictures below that recap my graduation weekend.