Furthermore, I am so fortunate and amazed at how much love and support my friends and family have given me through this entire process. I couldn’t have done it in any way without them. My mother for insisting I become an SLP (she knew) and my husband for supporting me each and every step of the way. (There are no words for how grateful I am. This would not have happened without you.) I want to thank my lifelines (you know who you are) who listened daily, as I unloaded everything from my life of juggling a baby with a graduate degree. It was hectic!
So, I’m writing this not only because I’m proud (I am truly proud), but also because I’d like to inspire you to pursue your dream. Don’t settle for just a job because we all know it’s never just a job. Pursue your passion and take the bumpy road. I urge you to take the time to figure out what it is that you really, really want. I can’t promise it won’t be hard, it is. I can’t promise it won’t be scary, it really is. I can’t promise it will be fun when you’re studying at 12am, nursing at 2am and then waking up at 7am to do it all over again, but it’s worth it. Do what you love and surround yourself with the most supportive and loving people you can find. They will steer you where you need to go.
And congrats to all the graduates of 2012!
Especially my classmates, xo! Thanks for welcoming me into your class so graciously. May your futures be bright and filled with success!
ps: this is my graduation dress, thanks dvf, for being amazing.