I can’t believe these are really sitting in front of me —
I am so beyond grateful for the chance to have pursued and obtained my two post graduate degrees!
I’m writing this with tears in my eyes and my heart bursting with appreciation and gratitude for this achievement. Some days the assignments and courses felt overwhelming and impossible, but the encouragement and support from so many wonderful people definitely kept me going! I love the saying that “You won’t always have motivation, but you can decide to have the discipline.” — this experience has definitely given me a new appreciation for just what kind of discipline it takes to achieve my goals. To everyone who believed in me and made this achievement a possibility and a reality, you have my undying gratitude and inexplicable thanks!
The Miss Tennessee Volunteer Scholarship Pageant gave me this opportunity and I am so grateful for the almost $50,000 in scholarship to be able to graduate debt free! And of course for the incredible team behind @sceniccitypageants that made all of this possible!
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga gave me the support, flexibility and standards of academic excellence in each and every class. I couldn’t have asked for a more rewarding experience in pursuing these degrees!
My mom was the first in her family to obtain her Master’s Degree - you’ve taught me to not just be the exception to the rule, but to be exceptional in the first place. I Love you so much mom.
My dad was the first in his family to attend college and receive his bachelor’s degree. He’s always been there to encourage me and push me to be my best, even when its hard.
This still doesn’t feel real. I can’t wait to get these frame and hung ASAP!!!!