The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams"- Eleanor Roosevelt.
In the Fall of 2009, I began the journey of a Masters Degree in Education from Colorado State University. It has been a journey to say the least. With every journey comes the twists and the turns of the unexpected, but the important part is to embrace the experiences that one encounters. I can say, I have laughed, I have cried, and worked my butt off to get to the stage today. I am proud of the accomplishment... and I am thankful for those who have supported me along the way.
Doing distance education creates a very interesting dynamic. You learn a ton, you work independently, but yet you are connected to a group of people in this virtual world- RamCT as we like to call it. When stepping foot on the campus for the first time my mom asked me, if I felt "connected" to the school. I said, "no, I feel connected to a screen." However, once I met those names of two amazing women who have been in the program with me since 2009, met instructors and walked across that stage, I could then say, I am connected to the University. Tanya Mahoney and Heather Bartlett helped make my graduation. People who were once names on a screen, now life long friends.
My parents were a great support this trip. We have had a great time together. I couldn't feel more thankful for having them as parents. Their love and encouragement, and the fact that they were beaming with pride made this trip as my mom would call it, "very special." The word "thanks" is not enough to show them the appreciation i have in my heart.
We have had a lot of fun in Fort Collins. It is actually an amazing city with a lot of character. The houses are super cute. There is a strong artistic feel and vibe. It looks like it has a great local music scene, awesome coffee shops, and I can say the food is amazing. We ate at Austin's American Grill and Bisetti's Italian. Both very gluten free friendly places, and probably some of the best food I have ever had and reasonably priced- which always makes things nice. The Christmas season has filled the old town up with twinkling lights, shops open late, and holiday music. I just say I love it. I look forward to come back one day.
I can't post this without mentioning the tragedy that occurred in CT. There are no words to describe the loss this small community will forever feel. Sure, I am celebrating but it breaks my heart to know that these young children will not have the opportunity to walk their kindergarten graduation, high school, or even college. The gravity of this situation is immense. I pray that the evil in this situation will be used to enhance security in schools, but more so, we work as a society to protect the future generations from continuing down this road of evil. http://www.cnn.com/2012/12/14/us/connecticut-school-shooting/index.html
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