Graduation Day

Wow I guess its time for a new post. This time its going to be a short one. I am actually on campus at the LA building killing time before graduation. I will be walking down to put on my cap and gown in the next 15 min or so. This is kind of a big deal for me. I never really had a whole lot of schooling growing up. I dropped out of school after the fifth grade which is when most of my other siblings did as well. It wasnt until later that I started having goals and aspirations that I knew would require me to have a highschool diploma. I went back to school when I was 16 and throguh packets that I sent in through the mail ( internet wasn’t such a big thing back then) I spent hours upon hours in my bedroom trying to fill in the gaps of what I was missing and to graduate from highschool. That was one of the accomplishments of my life that I am the most proud of. It took more hard work, determination and tenacity than any other one thing I have ever done.

When I finished I walked to the mail box one day and there was my diploma. I walked back to the house put it in my room and went back to cooking dinner. I was the first in my family to have gradiated from highschool! In fact I was the first person I knew who had graduated from highschool!

I wanted to go to collage but my parents said it was a waste of time and money. So I didn’t go. At least not then. Later after I left home and became a member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I started attending UVU. That was 7 years ago. During five of those years I worked a full time job. I suffered a serious case of depression, lived in Missouri for 18 months and Alaska for a summer, moved 14 times and had many many really interesting experiences.

So while I am only graduating with an Associates degree right now I feel like this ceremony is well earned. Yes I am 30 years old and walking across the stage to recieve my associates degree with a bunch of 19  and 20 year old kids. But I am walking. This accomplishment is something that I can be proud of. And I am. So graduation… here I come!

4 thoughts on “Graduation Day

  1. Courtney says:

    Congratulations Lottie! I’m proud of you. I have been toying with the idea of going back to school, we will be moving back to Utah for a year and I think I could finish my associates in that time. You’ve inspired me to go ahead and do it. I too was the only one in my family to graduate high school. Good for you! Congrats.

  2. Rilla Z says:

    Congrats! Yes, be proud. It had to take courage and perseverance to stay with it.

  3. Becky says:

    I found your blog through the Mormon Women Project. I just wanted to wish you a hearty congratulations. What an awesome accomplishment! I’m very impressed by you. Best of luck in the future!

  4. Mags says:

    Congrats! You are so courageous!

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