Ya girl is officially a college graduate!
Last night I walked across a stage in the Swamp to receive my Bachelor’s in Health Science. YAY!! I’m still slightly in disbelief that this day has finally come; I feel like I’ve been working towards this day forever. 156 credit hours. 11 semesters attending. 20 months of working full time and going to school full time. And a uncountable amount of tears, laughter, hours studied, and time spent with friends has all come to a close.
UF was always a dream school for me. My brother went here during the Tebow era and his stories, along with the job he got after graduation, convinced me that going to UF was the best option for me. The education I got for the price I paid is unparalleled. Not to mention, a great deal of fun. From Midtown and tailgating for football games to Payne’s Prairie and wild horses, there was so much to explore at UF. My favorite memory of UF is watching the Tennessee game this year. Standing in the bleachers as the Gators came back in the last few minutes of the game. Winning for the 10th year in a row. Erupting in cheers as we realized it actually happened. The memories like that I never want to give up, and my time at UF was filled with it.
Leaving UF is definitely bittersweet for me. I remember waiting as a senior in college to log online at exactly 5 pm and see the fireworks that meant I was accepted. Though I am so very excited to start my new chapter at PA school this summer, I’m sad to move away from my home of 4 years. I’ve grown so much as a person over these years and I can’t imagine who I would be in life without my experiences here as a Gator. The things I wish I could do without (crazy roommates, difficult classes, stolen scooters, and so much more) are what made me the driven person I am today. I know now that anything that gets thrown at me I can overcome. Challenges are what make us into the people we want to be; a life without challenge is a life without success.
As my graduation cap said “Be truly glad there is wonderful joy ahead”
Off to the next adventure-visiting England, Scotland, and Ireland. Then to PA school!
Wish me luck