Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
~ Tibetan Proverb
These are just a few images and quotes that explain what this experience as a Walden University student of the Master's Science in Early Childhood Studies has meant to me. From the beginning, I tried to raise the bar of excellence for myself in order to be a better educator and learner. I challenged myself and my colleagues through inquisition and reflection. We worked as a powerful team to help one another gain access to new knowledge and struggled to make this, what seemed to be a painful journey, as painless as possible. Through dedication and compassion, the instructors guided us through the multitudes of research and discussion to make success seem an arm's-length away.
The three most important lessons learned from this experience was:
1. Never give up! No matter how hard and far the road to the end seems; keep striving for excellence and happiness.
2. Team work is not taboo. It is the only way to get things done. Even if the team consists of two people, they must believe in the power of trust, motivation, and determination.
3. I am worthy! During this journey I had to trust myself and believe with all my heart that I was deserving of this degree. I went through many hurdles; even deciding to quit at many stops along the way. But, I had to realize that with every "no", the one "yes" is what matters the most.
My long-term goal is to stay with Johns Hopkins' systems and work to improve the lives of children and their families.
I want to thank each and every one of you for walking alongside me through this journey. I have learned so much from all of you and hope that, as you knock on successes door, it swings wide open for you to enjoy as much of her as possible.