This graduation season has been one for the books, it will forever be an everlasting memory in my heart. After so many late nights and early mornings, I graduated from Ashford University with my M.B.S with a specialization in Project Management.
My grad school experience was not what I had planned but everything worked out just fine. I am a hands on type of girl. So I wanted to attend grad school in the classroom, on a campus, where I would be able to interact with my fellow classmates and professors. But in reality, I had to work a full time job to support myself, which didn’t leave much time for classroom dreams. I was able to find a online program that fit my lifestyle perfectly. 18 months, a bunch of long nights and tears later, I received my graduation invitation to walk across the stage.
About a week ago, I left the east coast and traveled to the west coast to celebrate my latest accomplishment. The graduation was in San Diego, CA. So I decided to take a couple of days to vacation in Los Angeles with my family and friends.
It was my first time in Cali and I enjoyed very moment of it. I’m not really big on vacations because I am a workaholic. This year I have started a new job, created a new business venture out of my passion, and completed grad school- so a few days to let my hair blow in the wind a bit. You know I couldn’t go to California without going to Disneyland, so go to my IG account (@passionlocked) to see photos from my 1st Disneyland trip.
But what makes it even more special is my baby boy, who graduated from high school the day before I received by second degree. I’m super proud and excited for him. His life is just beginning! We are about 7 years apart, so I’ve always thought of him as my baby. He’s all grown up now. As the youngest of the bunch, I know my baby brother and I made our parents proud to see the young women and man we have both become.
In the words of Beyonce, “Time really moves fast, you was just 16.”
Because I am an extra celebratory person, I made my brother take graduation pictures with me, here’s some of them:
Special shouts out to all the 2017 graduates
Over the past couple of weeks, I have been helping my friends and family members celebrate milestone accomplishments of graduating from high school or college. It has been a joyous time watching my friends, old classmates, and colleagues celebrate their accomplishment. But I think the proudest moment will come tonight as I watch my baby cousin watch across the stage to receive her high school diploma. Not only is she graduating but she is graduating with honor’s, ranked number 14 in her class. Can you say #blackexcellence?
I am extremely proud of her and as she prepares for college I want to make sure I can help in every way. Seeing as undergraduate was only a few moons past for me, I can help prepare her with the things most people wouldn’t even think of. So as a gift I put together a little something something.
I put together a dorm room storage gift of the little things she’ll need to start her new live in a traditional style dorm. The three drawer storage container will be great for her dorm room to provide her extra space for the personals. I packed the bottom drawer with personals that comes in handy to every college student. Its filled with
- Pads and tampons
- Shower gel
- Facial cleansing wipes
- Toothpaste and mouthwash
- First Aid Kit
- And a few others
The middle drawer is filled with cleaning supplies. As a college student living in a traditional style dorm, I found myself always wiping stuff down and spraying everything. This drawer is packed with
- Wet Nap wipes
- Dawn dish soap
- Lysol wipes
- Scrubbing pads
- Windex wipes
- Hand towels
- Comic spray
- Hand sanitizer
And then there is the top drawer. Unlike grade school, colleges don’t send out school supply list. I remember buying so many school supplies for college and never used any of them. I mean I bought a trapper keeper. Like what grade did I think I was going to. Here is mainly all you need for college
- Spiral notebooks
- Composition book
- Calendar/ agenda
- Index cards
- Blue and black ball point pens
- Post it Notes
- Paper clips
Now to complete my Dorm Room delight, I made a no-sew flannel blanket, using her high school colors and mascot. And added a graduate photo album to help her cherish the brightest moments of high school.