August also brought my last course at Colorado State University to complete my Masters Degree in Adult Education and Training. What a journey that has been! To complete this, I had to develop a comprehensive learning and teaching portfolio that ended up being about 153 pages (1.5 spaced). It was beautiful in the end, and I am very proud of it. In addition to the portfolio, I had to develop an in-depth presentation on my journey over the last three years of school. All I can say is it was a huge project to be completed in just 10 weeks. The amount of work was enormous, especially since I had this new PhD adventure on my mind.
So imagine.. While all this is going on- I find out that the deadline for the Fulbright Scholarship was just a month away. If you have ever had to fill out an application for a grant- you know, this was going to be no easy task. So at this point, I have two personal statements to write (one for the University of Bristol, one for the Fulbright), 2 research proposals to develop (a detailed research proposal for the University and a 2 page statement for the Fulbright), and all of this has to be done at the same time I am developing my Teaching and Learning Portfolio? Um hello- rest any? OH and all the while I was doing this, I began my adjunct teaching position at Western Kentucky University (2 classes/ 40 students) and working full time as an Interpreter. I have honestly been lacking on the sleep but I made all my deadlines, and maintained my sanity- well as best as possible.
Looking back, I have so many people to thank. First, and foremost, I must thank my parents. I decided that their house was the best place to get work done, and help. I swear sometimes that both my parents could have degrees in every educational pursuit I have had. They have been editors and supporters and I appreciate all of their time and energy to help me fulfill my dreams. Additionally, I have had papers reviewed by Laura Shipp (awesome friend), Jody Sampley (my 6th grade teacher.. awesome), Kyle Duarte (Amazing friend and overseas contact!!!), Ashley Fox (Friend, mentee, mentor and boss) and some of my professors at Colorado State University. I of course have to have a special shout out to Jeff Foley, Karen Kaminski, Leann Kaiser and Ashley Fox for writing wonderful letters of recommendation. Further, Dr. Kyle from the University of Bristol has been willing to be my advisor! It has been a crazy ride, but I am so grateful for the people I have in my life.
So here it is, the letter of acceptance. The University of Bristol is ranked the 28th best University in the World. I am honored and excited to be welcomed into this University. Below is a picture of the first part of my acceptance letter!