Today is Tuesday. For you it is probably Thursday or Friday or a week from now, depending on when you picked up the paper from the driveway or outside of your favorite coffee shop.

Anyway, for me, today is Tuesday and besides being Tuesday it is also my last day of college as an undergraduate. I take my last two finals tonight and then that’s it, I did it, I graduated.

It hasn’t been a flawless journey and toward the end though I hoped everything would be sealed up in a bow and looking good, it’s not. But it’s done and I did it.

Someone said to me the other day “You should be proud of yourself.” My response was self-deprecating and a bit pathetic. “It’s not that big of a deal, I’ve gone to school so long I should have my doctorate by now,” I joked.

Well, I take that back. Yes, I am proud of myself.

Recently, I perused my roller-coaster transcripts and I remember the good times and the bad. My transcripts are decorated with enough letters that if I wanted to play scrabble, I’d be in pretty good shape.

But I digress.

Today is Tuesday and today I will take my last two finals and this weekend I will walk with the class of 2012 and I will graduate with my English Education Degree.

More times than not I believed this day would never be here, but as soon as I stopped believing that way, it was here.

My sister once told me that all I had to do is want it for myself, believe I deserve it and then I would get it. She is right. If there is one thing learned from this journey besides how to read Middle English, it’s that half the battle of accomplishing a goal is believing you can. I know most of us have read this statement somewhere and I am sure some of you have it tattooed on your body in one way or another. But very few of us implement it in our daily lives.

I still have trouble believing in me. I am person who still believes in the Easter Bunny and Santa Clause but believing in myself and knowing what I deserve and realizing my worth, is a challenge.

But today is Tuesday and in 8 hours I will take my last final and will have done it. Since I was 18 years old I wanted this but it took me until now to know that I can do it.

If I could talk to the 18-year-old Jennifer and tell her what I know now. I would tell her to never stop moving forward, don’t tell yourself it’s too hard or that you don’t need a degree or that a job or traveling or a boyfriend is more important. I would tell her there are a lot of bumps in the road and reasons to exit, but don’t. Fix the tire and get back on the road ASAP.

I have loved and hated this journey but here I am at the end steps away from the finish line and today is Tuesday and I am proud of me.