So, I did it. I completed my last class and graduated college. I received my Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Information Systems.

July has been a tough month and I’m glad it’s coming to an end. From being robbed on top of other things, it’s been an emotionally, physically, and mentally challenging time for me. But, despite all of that, I made it. I persevered. I’m still standing.

The last six years have been tough. There are times where I thought I’d never finish. There are times where I wondered why I chose such a difficult and technical major such as computer science. And there were so many times where I wanted to consider work with a regular schedule just so I could live a normal life and get off from work when the sun was still up.

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  1. Mia

    July 28, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Awww congrats ! I know that feeling, I feel like I’ve been in school forever and now that I’m pregnant it kind of puts a damper on things for a moment. But you kept pushing forward and made it through the storm. This is inspirational :) Your kids are soooo adorable.

    1. Raely B.

      August 6, 2012 at 11:01 pm

      I’ve felt that way. Trust me.. it’s normal to feel that way and I understand; but, let your little bundle of joy be your inspiration to return to school and continue to give it the best that you can! (:

  2. DaenelT

    July 28, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Yay! I’m so proud of you! Way to go.

  3. Shannon

    July 28, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Congratulations! You look beautiful!

  4. Jay

    July 28, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    This is truly an accomplishment, and I am inspired by your desire to not stop even though you’re tackling such a difficult and hardcore major. I wanted to major in something similar, and backed out – for obvious reasons. Hopefully your story encourages others to go after what they want, despite how difficult it will be.

    Keep up the hard work and stay strong! College moms, stand up!

    1. Raely B.

      August 6, 2012 at 11:03 pm

      Thank you so much! Yes, Computer Science is a tough major but interesting, nonetheless.

      College moms stand up! LOL! (:

  5. shacsimon

    July 28, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    Congrats! What a huge accomplishment, being a mother and all. I can’t wait until I’m able to head of to grad school. Your motivation for a lot of us out there, even us non-parents.

    1. Raely B.

      August 6, 2012 at 11:05 pm

      I think that’s what I like best about being a young, college mom. It’s like the best of both worlds. I get to interact with college students as well as moms/college moms and hope that I can be an inspiration to both. (:

  6. Stefany

    July 28, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    Wow! First of all, congratulations!!!! This is a major accomplishment and you are setting a great example for your children and setting the bar high for them. Second of all, I soooo needed to see a post like this. I just took a break from typing my 6 page paper for one of my Summer classes and asked myself, “Am I ever gonna be done!?????” I am also in college and a mommy, so it was just great to see that it definitely is possible.

    Again, congrats to you and goodluck in grad school!

    1. Raely B.

      August 6, 2012 at 11:06 pm

      Hey Stef!

      You’re going to get there. You’ll be writing a post like this sooner than you know.. and I can’t wait to comment on it!

  7. Christina

    July 29, 2012 at 12:59 am

    Congrats Mama!!! :D So proud of you!

  8. Teems

    July 29, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Congrats! Doesn’t it feel great? Keep on pushing! Your kids are so adorable.

  9. Steph

    July 29, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Congratulations!!! I was reading an earlier post a few weeks ago, and seemed like you were in the middle of making a lot of decisions. I’m so glad that you have finished and are confident in the decisions you have made for your future!

    1. Raely B.

      August 6, 2012 at 11:10 pm

      Steph, I was faced with TOO many decisions for my liking. LOL! But yes, I was able to get it all done despite feeling as overwhelmed as I did.

      Thank you!

  10. Mutay

    July 29, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    Well done momma! I wish you all the best for the future.
    You must have worked your butt off for that with kids as well. I’m sure they will be super proud.
    Studying science I KNOW how much work you put it. Respect.

    In reply to your post: my generation is currently sucking ass. Lets hope we mature.

  11. Brandi

    July 29, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Congratulations! That’s wonderful! So happy for you. Wishing you the best.

  12. Arlene

    July 29, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Its been awhile since I’ve stopped by. Congratulations! Your an inspiration!

  13. Whitney

    July 30, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    Congratulations on your graduation! Glad for the connection.

  14. Nicole

    July 30, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    Congratulations! It’s the best feeling to reach the goal you’ve been striving for and working so hard to complete. You’ll do great in grad school and props to a degree in computer science. No way is that a walk in the park!

  15. G K

    July 30, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Congrats to you! And you’re so pretty and fit! So happy for you!

    Didn’t realize you were working on a Computer Science degree with a career goal of Database Administrator. That’s kinda awesome (and you’re setting yourself up to make some mega bucks)!

    Congrats again, lovely lady!

  16. Alexandra

    July 30, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Congratulations, it’s an amazing feeling right!! I graduated last fall and walking across that stage was the second best day of my life. Well deserved!

  17. Jenny

    July 31, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Congratulations, Carla! That’s so amazing, and I know you are so proud. :)

  18. Alicia @Mommy Delicious

    August 1, 2012 at 10:59 am

    Congrats love! So doggone PROUD of you!

  19. Stesha

    August 1, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    What a huge accomplishment! I’ll be enrolling back into college next Spring! I’m excited and scared at the same time. It was hard but I know it was worth it to you! Big accomplishment.

    Hugs and Mocha,

  20. Mrs. Pancakes

    August 1, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    What an awesome accomplihsment…congrats!

  21. Terri

    August 2, 2012 at 6:16 am

    Congratulations. And there is nothing wrong with being a mommy graduate. I think going later in life definitely makes you appreciate it anymore.

    Good luck with all your future business endeavors.

  22. javacia

    August 2, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Congrats on your graduation! And those photos of you are gorgeous.

  23. CeCe

    August 2, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Such a huge accomplishment! I took two classes online and about died just with work and no kids. I don’t know how people do it. Congrats!!

  24. Kim

    August 5, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Congratulations on your graduation! Such an exciting time. Sounds like you’ve had a lot of difficulty in getting here, but I bet you’ve learned some really valuable lessons along the way too–and that’s what REALLY makes it worth it. Kudos!

  25. Zahara

    August 5, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    This is absolutely inspirational and gives me so much hope to continue on with positivity! I have two years a semester (hopefully) left and I’m always questioning why I chose my major. Congratulations, you look beautiful in the photos!

  26. Meli

    August 6, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Good for you!!!! This is awesome, not only for yourself….but it is amazing for your kids to see you do this. Yay you!!!!

  27. Reggie

    August 18, 2012 at 6:15 pm


    Life is a lot easier with a degree these days, that’s for sure.

  28. Jhan

    September 8, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Hi Rae,
    Congrats on graduating! Sometimes, it seems like it takes forever to achieve certain goals, but all that matters in the end is that you complete them.

    I would also like to thank you for visiting my blog often. It is noted and well appreciated. :-)

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