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#1 of 38 Old 05-27-2009, 01:40 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I started my bachelor's degree in 1993.
Today I drove to my professor's office and dropped off my last paper of this degree. I am exhausted but so thrilled. Four kids and 16 years later after going back last year I FINISHED! I went into my final year with a three week old baby and actually for the first time in my life put an infant into daycare (3-4 hours a day, it killed me at first but....I did it and he's a happy guy and I didn't harm him forever....and we are still breastfeeding.....) and oddly enough he only started crying when I left the room two days ago!

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Now I have no idea what to do with myself.
LOL I almost bought myself a class ring!!
I earned it!

Anyone got any ideas for a post grad celebration?

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I don't like the idea of women with children clubbing, BUT you should get your girls together and club hop!!!! Have a drink or two, or 10, crawl in the door around 4 am and feel up your husband.

Congratulations!!!!!

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Mama, what a great accomplishment! : I think you're awesome!

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Spa day with girlfriends! (we need a bubble bath smilie!)

And congratulations!
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CONGRATULATIONS mama!!!! you are such an inspiration to me. i just went back to school to basically start from scratch. i have many years to go.

oh my gosh!!! i dont know what to say. how to celebrate.

i hope you have a series of celebrations!!!!

what is your degree in if i may ask?

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Congrats!
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CONGRATULATIONS!!!! That is an enormous accomplishment! : Your family must be so proud.

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Congratulations!

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Congrats!!! I started school in 97, still not completed. I know I'll throw a big party when I finish-you should too!!! :

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GEOGRAPHY!!!

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lol about the pub crawl I am used to staying up until four drinking coffee not beer mind you!

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Cogratulations!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm going with a day at the spa... ::
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I don't like the idea of women with children clubbing, BUT you should get your girls together and club hop!!!! Have a drink or two, or 10, crawl in the door around 4 am and feel up your husband.

Congratulations!!!!!

LMAO!!!

congrats mama!!! It took my dad almost 18 years to graduate college. - He started when my sister was a baby and graduated when she graduated high school. I am so proud of him - my mom too - she went back after my dad graduated. I'm sure your kids are very proud of you too!!!

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I figured I had to finish before my oldest starts college.
Cause if I don't finish why would she (and she'd be spending my $ too)

She is 15 so...its only a few years away!
I was thinking of taking her for a spa day...or spa two hours

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Congrats mamma!!! :::

I'm on year 10 and have 2 kids...will finish one day!!

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Congrats!!!!
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Congratulations on your accomplishment!

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Wow! Congratulations, that is such a great accomplishment!

Happy and in love with my family!
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wow! well done

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CONGRATULATIONS!! :

This is my 6th year and I feel like I have eons to go!! You're an inspiration and proof that the light at the end of the tunnel is NOT just my imagination!

Thank you so much for sharing the joy with us!

Quoteriginally Posted by SamI'mNotSamantha : : : Bi/Crunchy/WOH/Single/Student Mama to my skinny-mini SuperMunchkin : (11/2004)! "I will not take 'but' for an answer." - Langston Hughes
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Congrats! I think the ring is a great idea!
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You deserve the ring, the girl's night out, the feeling up of husband, you deserve all the rewards in the world for finishing what you started so long ago. I am so happy to hear you did it. I know i do not know you,but hey, i could BE you!

I started university in 1999, and have not finished, i only actually need one more credit, which i hope to get in september if i am able to at that time.

I know how hard it is to go to university with children, it is damn hard, i did it with three, one has special needs, another was a baby, and i was solo parenting! no wonder i ran out of steam in the home stretch!

I love to hear about people overcoming and succeeding and gaining so much personal honor in the process.

Good show mama!
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Congratulations mama, well done! :

and I'd just like to say you are an inspiration-- I have just started the journey which I hope will end with a degree-- I am 37 and a single mama to a 3.5 year old and it's hearing stories like yours that makes me feel I might have a chance-- even if it takes a while!

Celebrate as you see fit-- you deserve it!

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Congratulations!


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WOW! You're now my hero. I started working on my degree in 1992. One wedding, two kids, one divorce, another wedding and another kid later, and I still haven't quite finished. I have a great career in spite of not finishing, but still, I'd really like some letters after my name. And I've said many times, I have to finish before my eldest start college. What would it be like to worry about seeing your MOM on campus?

Congratulations! Definitely treat yourself to something nice and a big celebration. You've earned it!

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Congratulations!!!

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Congratulations! Well done.

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Congrats!!!!!!!!!

--lots of love from one busy momma of 4 & loving wife of 1--
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CONGRATULATIONS!!

I started my degree in 1993 too, but still haven't finished. You are my role model

ETA: 1 school, Another school, 1 wedding, 1 kid, 1 divorce, Another wedding, 3 more kids, Another school, 2 more kids, STILL NOT FINISHED!!!

: 2:Ma To 6 :12,8,7,5,2,1&
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wow you've got two more kids than me!
I have a simliar pattern although I doubt i have time for two more kids I am thirty five

Its what to do now....

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What is your degree in? Initially I wanted to do Early Childhood, but after having all the little ones, I say NOOOOO. So, hopefully one day I'll go into some type of community service. I wish I could do nursing, but I can't take the gore.

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