Positivity. Motivation. Hustle. Work Hard. Determination. Fearlessness. These are just a few words that drove me to complete 4 1/2 years of college education. To say I am feeling overwhelmed is an understatement. I never lost sight of one thing – it all started with a dream.
Today, December 15th, 2018, I will be graduating from the University of Tampa with a Management Bachelor’s Degree. This is a moment that I have been dreaming about since I walked the stage in high school and in community college.
In the famous words of Willie O, aka, my Dad – he says “education is building the foundation for your future – you have to build the walls”. These words helped guide me through college. My goal was to keep moving forward no matter how tough a class may be. I would pick up the pieces when I failed and got back up to keep moving forward.
I have been so focused and determined to finish this chapter of my life. I have had a lot of bumps in the road leading up to this point but one thing never changed – my education was always my first priority. Now that I am finally closing one chapter of my life and creating another, I continue to stay determined. Once you have this quality, it is something you can never let go of.
Confidence is what has helped me throughout the years. Having the confidence to vocalize my lowest point in my life are all thanks to my education.
What am I thankful for the most? Realizing that I have a voice. I always wanted to be a blogger starting community college. It felt unattainable. A dream that was too far-fetched. It wasn’t until I attended The University of Tampa that I found that I need to share my voice. When I was in middle school, I felt alone, bullied, judged, made fun of for my weight – you name it – it happened. I was different and I didn’t know at that time that different is GOOD. I did not realize that I needed to vocalize what happened to me until I got to UT. I found so many people asking me how am I so confident and I got me thinking – If I can give advice to one person, why can’t I give advice to everyone? Since April 2017 I have been blogging and sharing my story. Without my education to tell me so, I would not be typing right now on my own website.
What’s next for Cheyenne Lenore? Expect more of EVERYTHING. I am ready to give everything I have into blogging, vlogging and more. I have such a passion for being creative that I want to do this full time. I plan on posting more content that I love and what will keep me motivated! I am ready for a new chapter. I am ready for new beginnings! I know that there will be several doors opening after this one door closes.
Thank you to everyone who has supported me on this journey to graduation! I am so blessed to have completed my education. It means the world to me that I have such supportive people in my life!
A quote that stuck by me throughout college is one of a man who believed in making dreams a reality. “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt
I can officially call myself a graduate and a Spartan for life!
Until the next blog as a graduate,