April and Mackenzie’s Graduation
Once I found out that ours would overlap
I was crushed, just because I wanted to be able to see hers,
I wanted her to be able to see mine. And so yeah, I knew I had to figure something out. I was elated I literally just started to cry when I found out, that we were able to
walk together at UW-Whitewater. I remember when I dropped her off
when she was a freshman. It’s, amazing.
Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. And so I’m really happy
that I can see her walk across the finish line after 10 long hard years.
And that I can see my 4 year journey come to an end as well. She’s my role model I look up to her. You know, I watched her study very hard
and I said I can do that too, so. I pushed myself to get to this point and to walk
together is just like, an amazing gift. I’ve always looked up to her,
I consider her my hero. To see her hard work,
as a young mother working two jobs. Building up her own career.
Building our family. Being a wife. And she’s managed so,
many things and so I figured, if she could do it I could do it too. I went to college for one year,
and then took some time off because I had to raise this
beautiful young lady and my son and so. Actually six years ago I was diagnosed
with thyroid cancer and during my journey actually being in school, helped
me stay focused so I could stay focused on a goal. Because a lot of times people
associate cancer with death and I didn’t want that to be my journey so,
school kept me focused. I mean I hope to come back here for grad school too. So I love
Whitewater so much that I definitely want to continue my education here.
Because I know the faculty is great and they’re very supportive and I’ll be
able to have the skills I need. But I’m so excited for the moment
we get to walk across the stage, I get to see her, finish
and get her diploma. And I already opened up
my card from my son and it said mom just think, no more
homework, no more tests, you’re done. You did it. So, very exciting.