five things I’ve learned from: completing a diploma at NSCC

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On Saturday I wore a black and white academic gown and I crossed the stage and got my diploma.

I think a big “huzzah” is in order, so: HUZZAH!!!

Two years ago I decided to return to school and work towards this goal. Slowly but surely the time passed and the work got done, and here we are.

I’ve learned so, so much in the past two years, and when I compare “me now” with “me then”, it feels like I’ve grown so much. It’s hard to boil it down to just five things I’ve learned, but I’ll try anyway! (The first post in this series on my blog is here.)

1. People are everything. The people you are in school with, the friends you make, the way you treat each other, it’s so big. Our class made time to share food together at potlucks, we always tried to have fun and to laugh, and we all became friends. Having that group to support each other and cheer each other on made all the hard days seem not-so-hard. I think it doesn’t matter what the task is, if you’re working on it with people you get along with, or at least that you are making an effort to be nice to, it can be enjoyable.

2. I can do this. When I left university in 2007, in my third year of a BA, due to health reasons, I felt ashamed that I hadn’t finished. And it made me wonder if I could in the future finish a diploma of some kind. So, holding this paper in my hands is a huge deal for me: it’s proof that I’ve got what it takes.

3. The power of “just sticking with it” is amazing. Sure, stuff got hard! There were so many tasks and assignments and chores I didn’t want to do. I got grumpy and I complained. But man oh man, just doing it taught me so much. Cut the complaining and just do it, and then it’s done. I learned the power of this, over and over and over. (And over!) (Oh wait, I’m still learning this.)

4. Show UP. Be there. Every day. Don’t cut class. Write down the rambling lectures that might not make a lot of sense. Write down the bits of brilliance too. Do the exercises, even the ones where you think “I already know this,” or “Why am I doing this?” That is seriously 90% of success right there, just showing up. There were lots of days I was tempted to stay home and do the work from there. But I think that being in class shows yourself, shows your teachers and your classmates, that you’re totally serious about this and willing to do whatever it takes to reach your goal.

5. Have faith that you CAN do it. (“It”= Going back to school, getting the diploma, taking on a big project, or just learning all that you need to learn to reach a goal.) Have faith that even though you don’t know what it will all look like when you’re done, that even if it seems impossible right now, saying “Well, to hell with it! I might as well try!” is a huge demonstration of faith in yourself. And faith in yourself doesn’t mean already knowing the answer or the end goal. It just means that you trust your own ability enough, to give that something a try.

Bonus #6: CMD + Z (or CTRL + Z on a PC) is your best friend.

Have a great Monday, everyone! Enjoy that sunshine.

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12 Responses to five things I’ve learned from: completing a diploma at NSCC

  1. Paulette & Bob Fowler says:

    Congratulations Leah. A job well done. Paulette & Bob

  2. oh Leah…you look positively radiant! Well done you, I can’t believe it was 2 years ago you started down this path! huge congratulations for showing up again and again……you did good girl πŸ™‚

    love linda x

  3. Anne says:

    Yay! You figured out the hardest stuff! You can accomplish anything now, well done you!

  4. Alison Lund says:

    Congratulations on your accomplishment!

  5. Pam says:

    Congratulations on your graduation! (And on achieving Honours!!)

  6. Krista says:

    Three cheers for you, Leah!

  7. Joe Green says:

    Woo-hoo! I well remember you taking that bold and scary decision. Seems like only yesterday. Fantastic. Gotta ask, though… what’s next? πŸ™‚

  8. Heather MacIsaac says:

    You said it sister…having you with us was golden and you have a gift for closing the circle…and in my opinion, that’s learning!

  9. Sandy Foster, Grant st. in summer says:

    Congratulations, great field to be in, I spent a lifetime in the graphic com area and don’t regret a moment of it. Are you specializing in any specific area?

  10. Margo Moore says:

    Dear Leah: Congratulations again! May I use your reflection on what you learned with my students next year? I work with middle school students but much of what you said applies to them as much as to an adult. There is a great deal of wisdom in your reflection on what you learned and I think my students could all find something in it to sustain them on the long road ahead.

  11. Kelly says:

    Congrats Leah!

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