Today I got the last of the marks I was waiting from my winter semester. Technically, once I knew I passed corporate tax, it was a safe bet that I would be graduating this June. It wasn't that tax was hard, it was that I have no idea what the prof was looking for when answering questions. The solutions to homework always included stuff that wasn't part of the question, but would be if information was different. Not that you would know what might be different, but that it could possibly be different in the given scenario, and therefore what would be the impact of the changes. It was frustrating.
Regardless, today I know for sure that I'm graduating, and with an overall average sufficient for it to be "with distinction" or some such thing. When I graduated from college in 2011, I had an over 90% average, but that didn't matter. I'm not sure what "distinction" means at university; I'm pretty sure it doesn't mean "here's some money to help pay down that student loan" though. Perhaps if I didn't already have an awesome job with a great group of people, it would help with that, but I knew that I had a job waiting for me even before I started my last year back in September. Which was simultaneously a great feeling to have while making it tedious to bother going to school. It was like school was an obstacle I had to complete so I could get back to the fun stuff - working.
So now my re-invention is almost complete – just need to complete the professional exams next year and I'll be a professional accountant. Woohoo!
It probably doesn't come across in text, but I'm giddy with excitement. No, really. Giddy. I've been grinning like a fool all day. Back when I started this whole thing back in 2008, it didn't seem quite real. That one day I'd be finished and working. Choosing to go back to school at 29 and get some sort of post-secondary education wasn't an easy decision to make, and having been in a relationship for 8 years at that point, it didn't effect only me. I'm damn lucky to have a partner like Ms. Plato. I couldn't imagine trying to do this without support.
I'm going to go have myself a little 30 second dance party now :D