Today I received acceptance into Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) to finish my bachelor degree with Indiana University in Tourism, Conventions and Event Management! I received an associate degree of Hospitality Administration from Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana in 2011.
I have always felt embarrassed to say Ivy Tech when someone asks me where I went to school. I’m not proud of that at all. It’s a great school, don’t get me wrong! I learned a lot in the courses and the teachers actually had years of experience in the fields that they were teaching. But I also planned on getting a four year degree. I had bigger plans for myself.
It’s funny how life doesn’t work out like you plan. I skated through high school, getting a few As, mainly Bs, and a decent amount of Cs. I kept my GPA a 3.0, knowing that was enough to get me to a university. I wasn’t one of those students that had a certain university in mind. Some of my friends were dead set on Indiana University, others were interested in Purdue or Ball State. But when I met Daniel my junior year, I wanted to go out of state. I wanted to become a grown up and make new friends. I applied to around 10 small Christian Universities around the country. In May (yes graduation month) I applied to Indiana State University, in smelly Terre Haute, Indiana. I was very unhappy there and my grades showed it! I was put on academic probation for the second semester. Luckily I took some easier classes and made the dean’s list. But there was no way I was going to continue there, so I moved to California to live with Daniel. That didn’t last long and my parents said they would pay for me to go to Ivy Tech to get an associates. I didn’t want to be there, but I know how important an education can be. I made the Dean’s list a few times.
I finished at Ivy Tech over three years ago, and in three and a half years I will be thirty! I want to say I have a degree from an university I will be proud of by the time I’m thirty! So wish me luck that I can stay focus and really study to get the good grades I know I am capable of!
(pictured below is my parents and me the night of my high school graduation)
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ~Dr Seuss