Monday, January 7, 2013

Options Part II

So I wrote a blog called “Options” a little over six months ago. So many things have happened in those short months that I felt the need to update my faithful readers. After looking at the stats on each of my blog posts I was happy to see that I do have a committed following that reads my blog. I thank you for caring about what I have to say. I did notice that the most popular posts were about technology and hair care. So I will start posting more about those topics since I have an affinity for both.

I am now exactly one year into the mba program. I have four quarters under my belt and the fifth quarter starts today. Here is what I claimed for myself back on June 25th 2012, and where I am to date:

Claim: Had just earned an “A” in Statistics, and was concerned about Quantitative Methods.
Result: I aced not only Quantitative Methods, but Financial Accounting.

Claim: Maintenance of at least a 3.8 gpa.
Result: I have maintained a 4.0 gpa.

Claim: No deterrence from a December 2013 graduation date.
Result: My graduation date has moved up to September 2013.

Claim: Desired invitations to at least two honor societies.
Result: There are two honor societies at the graduate level at Strayer. One only offers membership one quarter before graduation. I joined the other in October 2012.

Now to the bad stuff. My beloved grandmother, who I shared 35+ wonderful years with, passed away on Wednesday, November 14, 2012. My grandmother was a very important person in my life. She acted as mother to me because my own mother was very young when she had me. I loved my grandmother with all my heart. I am devastated to have this hole in my heart. What makes all these great accomplishments bittersweet is the fact that my granny, who was my biggest cheerleader, ally, and source of emotional support is not here to share them with me. But I know she is looking down from on high and she is proud of all the things that I and her other grandchildren are accomplishing. I will honor her name and memory by being the best person that I can be. R.I.P. Miss Estelle!

Secondly, 2012 was a year that I was reminded that people come into your life for a reason or a season. Clearly my grandmother was there for a major reason. Not only do I come from her, but she was one of the most positive influences on my life. Other people came and went after a season or two. I hold absolutely no animosity. God has blessed with me with a cadre of AMAZING friends- some of whom I have been down with since I was 10 years old. My ride or dies stood behind me in pink bridesmaids dresses on my big day. None of them live close to me, but our bonds transcend the highways, byways, oceans, and friendly skies. I cherish and value those friendships and am grateful for them. Having those people in my life allowed me to get through the pain of my loved ones deaths, my own personal failures, setbacks and other low points that are visited upon all of us- no matter how perfect we portray our lives to be to the outside world.

Speaking of low points, it’s also mind blowing that someone who people had listed as down for the count could rise like a phoenix from the ashes. So many great things have happened over the past few months, and some are still happening now. So stay tuned for the Options Three update! I don’t want to jinx a certain situation but God is really blessing my family right now. I feel like Job, and I am more humbled, and grateful for my blessings this go round than I had been in the past!

Seriously- stay tuned!


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