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Saturday, December 19, 2009

And so ends another chapter.

And so ends another chapter.

Today, I will graduate cum laude with my bachelor of science in nursing from Texas Woman's University. I finished my last final this past Monday. I had my pinning ceremony last night. And today, I officially graduate.

All week long I have been trying to put into words how I feel....elated? excited? relieved? sad? ecstatic? And I just can't seem to do it.

Am I happy? Sure. So glad to be done? You bet. But it's like it still hasn't all sunk in yet.

I'm done. No more courses. No more clinical. No more weekends where I have to pawn the kid off on Geoff to sneak in some much needed, but dreaded, study time. No more papers. Done. There's not a break and I have to return after a few weeks. It's over.

It is such a relief, yet it has been such a huge part of my life for the past 2 years that I feel kind of lost (in a very loose sense of the word). Granted- I know that in about...oh...umm....5 seconds I will have no problem 'figuring out' what it is that I need to do next (i.e. finish begin the nursery, do more activities with Parker, actually cook dinner, do the crafty projects that I have been 'meaning' to do for the past few months, spend more time with my husband, etc).....but for now, I am just going to try to process all of this. All of this hard work. Something that I can honestly say..... is the hardest thing I've ever done. And that's saying a lot. And it all means that much more to me because of it.


As I stated earlier...we had our pinning ceremony last night. I had to get dressed up...

It was a nice, personal ceremony where we were able to go up on stage, be pinned by a person of our choice,

and one of our instructors read out our personal note of thank you. I decided to include it here one the blog mostly for memories sake, but also to thank all of you that have somewhat been on this journey right along with me (us)....from watching listening to me rant and rave about how hard it was....and how I wanted to quit! So here it little thank you....

"I would like to thank God for giving me the strength and courage to survive nursing school. I would like to thank my family and friends who have supported me through this long journey. To my daughter—thank you for being the blessing that you are and making me smile each day. To my husband—thank you for your unwavering support of me. Thank you for putting up with me when I was difficult (which was very often). Thank you for being such a great father. Thank you for keeping the house clean so that it would be one less thing for me to worry about. Thank you for turning your life upside down to make this possible. Thank you for being you."


And here are a few of my dear friends from school...we went through this together every step of the way....laughed and cried together...ranted and raved together. Survived this little thing called nursing school.

And with all of that being said....I can officially say I am no longer in nursing school, but rather....a graduate nurse. I plan to take the NCLEX-RN examination (for my license) within the next month to hopefully pass and officially become a registered nurse!!

And so begins another chapter.....


Viv said...

Words are cheap today other than we are just so happy and proud for you!

Kelli @ Our Growing Family said...

I am so proud of you Marla! You have worked so hard while still being a wonderful mom, wife and friend!
Be sure to print out those pictures for Parker and Grace to see one day. I bet they will want to follow in their Mommy's foot steps.

Megan said...

Congratulations Marla!

Monica Jackson said...

Congratulations, Marla!!!!

Kristin said...

I am so proud of you sister!! I know I may not always tell you or let you know, but I do brag on you to people all the time. I only wish I could or would do and accomplish the things that you have. You should be so proud of yourself!! It really is such a great accomplishment.

You will be a great nurse and take care of people you don't even know just like you take care of the people that you do know!! I love you!!

Milstead said...

I remember the day you told me you were going to nursing school. And here it is the day you're done. I'm so proud of you and all the hard work you've done. You looked beautiful all dressed up. Your note was really sweet. It's almost like I can feel the millions of pounds of stress and worry lifted off of you. Congratulations, dear friend!

Jodie said...

Yep, I remember sitting at Olive Garden when you told me of your desire to enter nursing school and here you are now..a nursing school graduate (cum laude at that!) Way to go Marla (and Geoff and Parker). I know the journey has not been easy, but you did it!!!


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