To say that these past two years completing my Masters program was the hardest two years of my life is an understatement. Being a first generation Latino college student and moving away from my family was such a hard move to make. The reason for this was because I was moving away from my brother, Zachary. My brother has always been the reason for my success.
Zachary didn’t help proof read any of my papers. We didn’t talk about or analyze the readings that I had to do. He didn’t stay up until 3 in the morning with me studying or finishing homework.
What Zachary did do was always provide me the motivation I needed to finish my degree whether that would be long FaceTime calls and him telling me how much he loves me or how how much pride he has in all my accomplishments.
I wanted to quit and drop out from my program so many times, but what kept me going was thinking about my brother. He was often one of the first things I thought about when waking up and that provided me all the motivation I needed to get through my day with all the work and school that I had to finish.
So naturally during my hooding ceremony, which is the officially recognition of a student receiving a graduate degree, I couldn’t help but ask my advisors if Zachary could help them put my hood on to celebrate this special moment with me.
Having my advisors call my brothers name to help hood me was such a special moment. Seeing his excitement and him being part of this process leaves me speechless. I was holding back tears the whole time.
Thank you Zachary for being there for me ever since you came into this world. I love you so much. With this degree I am able to move forward in my career and put a fancy M.S. after my name, but this degree isn’t just mine. This degree is and will always be ours ❤️ #SAPro #SAGrad #HigherEducation #MastersDegree #StudentAffairs
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