I'm done! I have completed my Paralegal Certificate program and will "officially" be a paralegal in two weeks (once grades are finalized and mailed). I can hardly believe it! I have wanted to do this for so many years, but never had the courage to do it - I had lots of excuses- no time, no money, I'm too old, etc.
I am so thrilled to have had this opportunity, and while I'm glad it's done, I'm kind of sad, too. I will miss checking in with my classmates every day. I will miss the challenge of researching and writing and doing my homework. Yep, I'm a geek - I enjoy homework. I will even miss stressing about quizzes, tests, and deadlines. Even though I do all this at work on a daily basis, it's different somehow (no quizzes or tests LOL). I enjoyed "talking" to my classmates about tough legal issues. It's totally different than brainstorming and discussing cases with my boss - I already know what he thinks LOL
But, now that it's done, I can say that I have completed my education and should the need ever arise for me to find another job, I can add my certificate to my experience and with God's help end up right where He wants me to be. That's the best place to be, regardless of credentials, education, or hard work. God gave me the job I have now, and has orchestrated the events of my life to bring me to this point; God gave me this opportunity; God helped me to do well; God will take care of the rest of it from here.
So, even though I say "I" finished the program, what I mean is that because of God, I was able to take this opportunity and totally enjoy it. With His help, I finished and I finished well. Thank you, Lord.
AND, to my sweet husband who lovingly pushed me to "just do it" and assured me that somehow, some way we would find the means to pay for it and make time for me to study, THANK YOU!!!! I love you so very much, for so many reasons. And now I can add your support and encouragement of me through these past 14 weeks to those reasons. You put up with my rantings and concern about my grades, my assignments, whether I was doing enough or too much; the list goes on. You were my voice of reason in the midst of it all. Thank you for following God's leading in encouraging me to do this.