Friday, June 3, 2016

MBA Graduation

As I've lamented many times on this blog before about homework, it's only fitting to end my grad school chapter with a blog post.  For 2.5 years, I worked full-time, did my DAR/American Legion stuff, and lived life while spending many nights and weekends pursuing two degrees:  my MBA and my MS in Marketing.  Thanks to Indiana University's Kelley School of Business, I was able to do it mostly from home, giving me flexibility to travel and schedule and prioritize to my heart's desire.

And now, it's over.  I have the diplomas, and I even got to eat cookies with the school monogram.

Not everyone chooses to walk at their graduation ceremony, but for me this was a homecoming.  I grew up in the same city as the university, and it was Mother's Day weekend.  I knew that my parents would be proud to see me graduate.  So Dan, his mother, and I road tripped home to Indiana, and I was joined by my parents and a bunch of my aunts, uncles, and cousins for the ceremony at Indiana's Auditorium.

I'm placing bets that at least 50% of these kids will be IU Hoosiers someday!

#blessed with the best family

I also got to celebrate with my friends, including teammates from my first and second year case study competitions.  It felt like we'd come full circle on this journey.

The degree was about me, but graduation was about FAMILY.  Dan supported me in so many ways during this process, giving up time with me, picking up my slack around the house, and more.  And he was so proud at my graduation!

Oh yeah, and my mother prepared pounds of Korean short ribs for my visit, a pricey favorite food of mine, and Dad grilled them.  ZOMG.  Yes yes yes.  Degree completion is delicious.


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