The day has arrived. A shiny new year has begun and people awoke with a buzz of excitement, nursing hangovers, and dreaming of accomplishing newly crafted resolutions. I started my day like any other, but ideas, plans, goals, and dreams have been carried with me in my thoughts through the day. I know I have an exciting year ahead, and a challenging one.
I will be graduating this May with my two bachelor’s degrees, and I will begin my journey into a career. It is hard to describe the feelings that come to a soon-to-be-graduate because there are too many. I have an overwhelming sense of accomplishment, knowing I have worked hard to achieve this goal. In fact, it has been a six year process. I also feel as though I have been provided invaluable skills and knowledge that will lead to an ability to move into a career. I know the first half of the year will be full of classes, craziness, and sadly, the last semester of my undergraduate career. I will maintain my expectations of myself, and I will graduate summa cum laude. I will walk across the stage at graduation with a mix of pride and sadness. A lump will fill my throat as I realize I am leaving behind the sights, sounds, and familiarity that has become a second home to me.
I will embark on a journey into the the world of job searching, learning the lingo, prepping resumes, and preparing for interviews. I will carry the confidence I have gained with me into the workforce, knowing I am smart, strong, and capable. I will perhaps consider graduate school, and finish my novel. I have so many things that will fill my year with joy and achievement. My educational and career goals will be a main focus for me this year, but there is something that must be considered in all things. My family.
I love my family, and my son has had a challenging year with school and his behavior. His mental illnesses have spun out of control, and it has been very difficult to work with him. I will continue to get him the help he needs, but I will also work to help him to see his worth and potential because that will hopefully give him the strength he needs to change the path he is on. The challenges I have faced as a mother with special needs children has been overwhelming at times, and I plan to continue to write and blog about advocacy issues because there are so many people who struggle with this problem.
I am truly excited to make this an incredible year, and I would love to hear the plans of others. Please post any goals you may have or what you are most excited about in the coming year!