Studying abroad was the best experience of my life, but transferring my credits was a major hassle, to put it mildly. I will not go into intricate detail, but I have been put through the ringer trying to sort out issues with my transcript, for FIVE years. Massive amounts of paperwork that took months to put together - was lost by the administration three times. Lost. Many errors were made that constantly set me back, it was near impossible to get anyone on the phone, and I rarely received an answer to my pleading e-mails. Pair this with the fact that we were constantly moving due to Greg’s career, and you can quickly see why this took half a decade to be accomplished.
A very, very long and complicated story later, I finally “graduated” yesterday, May 30th, 2017. My diploma is dated 2011, the year in which it has always belonged to me.
I need to thank my family - without them, I am quite simply nothing. They’ve watched me go through this process, they’ve seen the tears, experienced the pain, and fought right alongside me. My mother accompanied me to Hunter several times, and witnessed firsthand the level at which this situation was being mishandled. My sister, Erin, literally rocked the entire college with an e-mail better than an Oscar acceptance speech, and within 24 hours provided me with the CELL PHONE number to reach the Vice President for Student Affairs, so that she may offer me a direct apology. I’m happy that our sibling-arguments prepared us both for this battle, and I’m lucky to call her my sister.
Finally, to my biggest motivation, my daughter. I hope that Dad and I are living proof that you should always shoot for the stars and never let anyone tell you what you’re capable of. There are many things you will probably curse us for, like your ever-growing eyebrows or bad dance moves, but I hope you will always honor the fierceness inside of you, and that you use it to create good in your life and share it with those who need it.
Now, it’s time for the bottle of champagne that’s been chilling in my refrigerator for 1,825 days.