Look Up.

Everyday my dog Trooper and I go for a couple of walks a day – I don’t bring my cell phone on these walks anymore. Reason being; one day I forgot my lovely little distraction device and for the first time in a long time, I looked up. I looked around – I breathed the crisp winter air around me.


I saw the stars for the first time since I moved to my new apartment. (My old place was in the middle of the city and hardly allowed for star-gazing)

It was beautiful.

This is the same feeling I felt when I decided to Pick up the Pieces of my broken life and move forward. I began analyzing different graduate programs from all angles, I opened the lines of communication with admissions faculty and with my parents and I accepted the fact that I had screwed up and it was going to be O.K.

While I began a new journey in life, I was determined to give the previous one all I had before I settled for it being over permanently. I had invested a year of my life, more money than I want to admit and I had 24 credits that wouldn’t be put to use anywhere else.

My parents have always taught me to finish what I start. So, I ponied up and wrote a long letter to the Graduate Council explaining the path that brought me to the point of failure, taking complete ownership of what had happened, and offering three suggested routes of remediation. I enrolled in a Statistics course at VCU that I know won’t transfer and I sat back and relaxed. I knew after that point, I had done everything I could for the time being and as far as UR was concerned.

I’m a firm believer in “everything happens for a reason” and that hard work, determination and faith will lead you where you’re meant to go.

This rang true for me earlier than I had expected and I am truly elated to share that I received a reply from the Graduate Council granting me permission to continue my studies at UR beginning Summer I. This will continue to be an uphill battle for me and I am restricted in the courses I can take so my graduation date will likely be Spring or Summer 2015 instead of Fall 2014.

Nevertheless, I couldn’t be happier or more honored to be a University of Richmond MBA candidate once again. I am incredibly thankful to those that have shown their support to me in the past two weeks of an emotional rollercoaster – and I am humbled by the unexpected people that reached out to me that I never would have expected to. Thank you.


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