When I started at Los Angeles City College I never would have imagined graduating with an Associates Degree, let alone two. I never would have imagined even pursuing a degree. I never imagined even going the route that I ended up going. This is by far one of the best parts of my journey.
What I Accomplished…
I did it. I am graduating from West Los Angeles College with two Associates Degrees; one in Paralegal and the other in Administration of Justice. I have been on the Dean’s Honor Roll every single semester, I have also received the President’s Honor (twice in a row) in back to back semesters (four to be exact). I also received straight A’s one semester. My accomplishments were celebrated at the Dean’s Honors Tea, two years in a row. I didn’t make it to the first year, however, I made it to the second year. When I received the book and seeing my name in it 3 times made it all a reality. The certificates and the pin. Wow. I can’t believe it. It was very emotional. I am very proud of what I accomplished and I can’t believe how far I’ve come.
Being in the Paralegal Program showed me the field I needed to be in, law. My professors really took an interest in me, I was their top student, I received the highest grades in the classes, and this is where my potential was unlocked. I was excelling, and this felt right. I am also proud to be graduating Summa Cum Laude with a 3.72 GPA. I am so proud of myself. When I bought my cap and gown, my graduation sash, and my honors cords, it all felt real. I even decided to decorate my graduation cap with something that is appropriate and describes this journey. I decided to put Frank Sinatra with his song “I did it my way”. This is absolutely perfect for how I feel.
I am so glad that I walked. Once I got to the student reception I had some food, I hung out with friends, and made some new friends. I was so happy to see my friends when they showed up. It was such a fantastic surprise. I didn’t know they would be there. I missed my two female paralegal partners in crime so much. They made class so much fun and we all stuck together. We did it!
This graduation was the best. I felt so good to walk in smiling, taking video, and feeling so happy. I was so proud of myself and my classmates. We sat together, walked together, talked, laughed, hugged, took pictures, and cheered on our classmates. I don’t even remember walking across the stage. I was so excited to walk, and I was so proud of myself and all that I accomplished. The best part was when all the graduates stood up for the confirmation of our degree’s and certificates. Then we all stood once again to move our tassel to the left side of our cap. Those two parts where the most proudest moments.
I walked across the stage with a high GPA, its the major I choose, and most importantly, I did it my way. I walked across the stage with my head held the highest I have held it in a long time, and I received two Associates Degrees (Paralegal and Administration of Justice), I am very proud of myself, I am also proud and happy with all the hard work I did to get here. I absolutely loved my time at West Los Angeles College, I love all my professors, I loved the paralegal courses I took, and I do not regret my decision to pursue the paralegal degree at WLAC.
I couldn’t have asked for a better graduation. It all still seems like a dream. I still can’t stop thinking about it. Inside the little I guess degree holders we got it says “always remember what you wanted to be”, that is a quote I will always remember as I continue on with my journey. West Los Angeles College really did open up my cocoon, and I thrived. Two (2) years flew by fast, looking back on it I still don’t know where the time went. Looking back at the beginning, I was scared, embarrassed of my previous grades from previous education institutions, and it stopped me from starting over. Now, looking back at it all I am glad I that I did. I am glad I made the decision to dive in and just do it all over again. The best part is, my parents came to my graduation. This is the graduation of my dreams.
The Story Continues in “I Can’t go Backwards to Fix the Past”