Monday, April 28, 2014

Graduation and the Importance of Education

Here is my little wifey opportunity to brag for a second. Jake is going to be so embarrassed if he actually reads this. (No he does not read about 90% of my posts.) My husband just graduated this past weekend from Weber State University. I couldn't be more proud of him and all of the work he is put into school. After high school, he left for a two year LDS mission to Washington D.C. During this time, he was unable to attend school or work on any credits. But it was here that he was inspired to pursue a career in the criminal law system, which is where the decision for his major came from.

When he got home, he had no idea what to do or where to start. He and his brother, who is also currently in school, are the first college students of their family. Neither have much experience with school and Jake always felt like it was a goal that was completely out of reach. Non-the-less, he returned home in the Fall of 2011 and started classes in the Spring of 2012. Here we are merely two years later and he is finished.

Not only did he finish, but he received top grades in all his classes, finishing as a high honors student from Weber State University. He was awarded full academic scholarships for all his semesters at the University based on his GPA. AND he did this all while doing 18 credit semesters, working full time during the day, and fulfilling church callings, going to class and studying hours each night.

I am so proud of him and all his has accomplished thus far. He is one of the hardest workers I have ever met. And no matter what he is going through, I have never heard him utter a single complaint.

Now the fun stuff starts! Jake isn't done, and neither am I. In the fall, we are both starting our Master's degrees. Me in Education and Jake an MBA. I was accepted to into USU's School Counseling Masters back in 2012, and after much consideration, we both felt that our efforts needed to get Jake through his undergrad and really consider my educational options. Now the time has come for me and those two years of waiting have really changed my perspective and ideas of what I want for my future. The wait was crucial for my final decision and our financial stability. During the summer I will be starting my 30 credit licensure program and in the fall,  I will be attending the University of Utah for and M.Ed. Degree. I have always know that I wanted to go to grad school, but was never sure what it would entail. I am now ready, and I am excited to start.

Jake will be attending school at the same time. (A first for us.) Education has always been such an important aspect of my life. I truly believe that the best way to further and enhance your personal circumstances is through education. I feel privileged to be in a field where I can directly impact students and children and their perspective on education. I am also excited for what the future holds for us both as we pursue our long term goals.
Here's to more of these pictures to come.

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