14 Days and Counting

I am going to board a plane and fly half-way round the world in exactly 14 days.

And as crazy exciting as that is, it gets better. Oh yes. Because, for these two weeks, I have nothing to do but get ready and enjoy the time with my family and friends. Well, that, and continue in my efforts towards learning Italian. But I don't have to study anymore.

That's right, I am officially done with college!

Technically, I can't say that I have my bachelor's degree in English. I need the grade and transcript for my final course before I can file for graduation and then, given the way Thomas Edison has things set up, there will be a couple months before the next graduation date rolls around. BUT, I can say that I have earned my BA in full. And what's even better is that I met the goals I had set for how I wanted to earn it: in less than two years, for less than $20K, and without putting the rest of my life on hold. It's a good feeling.

I'm glad at what I've accomplished and I'm glad to be done. I'm glad to be free to read and stay late at Jiu Jitsu class and lolly gag around the dinner table with my family because I don't have any more credits to earn. It's nice; really, really nice. And it's exciting too because now I get to think about what's next. I have no plans beyond Italy - and only God know what will or won't happen during, after, or because of my time there - but it's thrilling to have a wide-open horizon to come home to, even if the idea of charting a course is slightly daunting ;)


  1. Congratulations! Enjoy your holiday in Italy - you deserve it! :)

  2. That is beyond awesome! You so deserve a vay-cay!! SQUEE!

  3. That is very exciting! Congrats on graduating! Enjoy your vacation in Italy - I hope you remember to share some pictures with us! :)

  4. Yay for you! You're such an amazing, smart, and wonderful girl. I know that the future holds a lot of exciting things for you. Good luck on your trip. Congrats on finishing college--what a great accomplishment! I'm so proud of you.


  5. Congrats! There is sooo much to see in Italy. Are you looking forward to any sites in particular?

  6. @Christine - Thank you! I fully intend to enjoy every second in Italy :)

    @Jen - Thanks girlie

    @Krista - I plan on sharing lots of pictures, as I'm sure I'll be taking WAY too many. I'm also planning on blogging more regularly when I'm there. So, I'll be sharing as much of Italy with you all as I can :)

    @Cherie - You are such a dear. Thank you!

    @Andrew - I'm really looking forward to Rome, Venice, and Florence. I'm also excited to see the "real" Italy by visiting some non-touristy places. Have you ever been?

  7. Congrats on finishing your bachelors! My hubby just finished his MBA. With how much work it was for our whole family, I feel like I should get an honorary diploma. :)
    I'm a new follower!

  8. Hi, Emily! It's nice to see you here, especially since I just started following you :) Thank you and congratulations to your husband on his MBA. You should definitely get an honorary diploma. My entire family deserves one as well for all the ways they helped me finished my BA.

  9. No, sadly. There is just so much history around every corner in places like that. I would especially jump at the opportunity to visit Israel or England/Scotland.


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