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Next to being a Dad, my middle aged return to higher education has been one of the most rewarding events in my life. Receiving my bachelor’s degree at 48 years of age was a personal landmark. It was official. I’d been bitten by the education bug and prior to graduating in 2008, I’d already applied and accepted my invitation to attend graduate school in Virginia Commonwealth University’s highly ranked School of the Arts program.
I continued my forward educational momentum while also working full time for the university. Education and creativity surrounded me. I felt at home. Two years and one day after attending my very first graduate level class, my thesis art exhibition opened at the Rawls Museum. My frantic pace and life’s ambitions merged. It was spectacular. A few weeks later, just before graduation, I was humbled with my invitation and induction into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.
I’m just now feeling like I’m getting started and I’ve got a hell of a long way to go before being done. Life is simply that good and I look forward to what it decides to bring tomorrow. I may even set my alarm earlier for a preview glimpse.