I’m a Graduate! (Again)

Well today is the day I officially “graduate” from UNLV. Since I’m finishing up in the summer there is no graduation ceremony (thankfully, they’re so painfully long). It has a been a full two years including both summers to finish my dual Master in Business Administration and Master of Science in Hotel Administration. When I first started the program I was only taking classes part time, I decided to play a lil catch up, and ended up finishing a semester early for the dual program. Overachiever? YEP!

Man I make that hat look goooood!

Grad school has been an interesting experience. I’ve always been good with school, subjects usually come naturally to me and studying hard was a rarity, until grad school. I learned everyone is an overachiever (for the most part) and I may have to put in a lil more work than undergrad. I did what I could, probably should have tried harder in a couple classes, and learned a lot about myself. I decided to go to grad school because I was burnt out in the job I was in. The recession hit and the chances for advancement slowed to a halt. I decided to do what was best for me, leave a career and educate myself further. I wrote a paper that I never thought I would be able write. Almost 50 pages long, with data collection and all. I’ll even be presenting it at a conference in January! Grad school has pushed my limits and boundaries and I’ve become a better person because of it.

I’m so thankful for my parents, who support me in whatever I do. My parents never forget to tell me how proud they are of me and to go for what I want. They also support me monetarily and without them I would be swimming in students loans. I can’t thank them enough for helping me and ensuring that I won’t be spending the next 25 years paying off the last two years.

My parents and I when I graduated from undergrad (Go Gamecocks!). It was really bright that day, hence the squinty eyes.

Next up for me is finding a job, which I hope happens soon, I’m pretty sure my parents are ready to kick me off the payroll. I’m going through the interview process now and trying to find something I truly enjoy doing. I don’t want to be burnt out and miserable again (it gives you gray hairs, its not fun!).

I’ve had a great time at UNLV the last few years, minus a few professors who should not be teaching, and I’m so thankful for the friends I have made. I’ve also been able to travel and leave the country for the first two times for school credit. My trips to Egypt and Peru were all because of this program and I’m not sure I would of had the opportunity to go there without this.

 Yeah I rode a camel in Egypt

At the most beautiful place in the world, Machu Picchu

I guess this means I officially have become a part of the unemployed statistic in America.

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7 thoughts on “I’m a Graduate! (Again)

  1. Congrats…I am moving up to Las Vegas next week to attend the Master of Science in Hotel Administration. I was going to do the dual program, but have decided to just do the one and maybe add the other later. Trying to decide if I want to do 9 or 12 units per semester. At 31 it feels weird to be going back to school, but with the economy and stuff it seems like the best thing. I may need to get some advice from you and let me know who the bad teachers are. Once again…Congrats!!!

    Charles with Food Trucks Vegas

    • Thanks! I would recommend the dual program just because it gives you two degrees with only a couple extra classes. I really enjoyed the hotel side of the program and really don’t have many bad things to say about it. I just hope you’re ready to write some papers! The pro paper I just turned in was almost 50 pages. I did 6 credits my first semester, but then upped it to 12 for the rest and had no problems. Good luck with it!

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