Sarah: I am so happy to be here and graduating. It’s just a dream come true. I’ve wanted to get my master’s for a while and just really happy and proud that I accomplished it.
This is my brother, Michael Brenholt, and he has been the greatest support for me in the past two years. He’s been a big reason why I’ve been able to finish my masters and he is the main reason why I came down here to graduate and walk tomorrow.
Michael: She’s worked so hard for this and to be able to sit back and watch somebody go through so many struggles and to just keep on persevering to the point that she finally has made an accomplishment like this come to fruition is going to be probably just one of the highlights of my life.
Sarah: There are several reasons that I decided to get my MSN. I actually was injured at work and I knew that working on the floor full-time wasn’t going to be a good option for me for a few years, but I loved teaching, and it was important to me to have a good career in nursing, that I could provide for my kids, and something I could be proud of.
Michael: People like my sister who are out there in the world who are trying to find a way to solve a problem and can’t because they’re bound by the situation that they’re currently in. Whether it’s a house, family, a parent, whatever it happens to be, you need to have flexibility. Schools like this, are game changing for someone like her.
Sarah: I actually got to meet my online representative that I’ve been working with for about a year and half now, Suzanna. And that was such a great experience, it was so cool to meet her and get to give her a big hug.
Suzanna was really good, too, about just being a cheerleader. She would email and say, you’re doing great, you’re almost done with this class, I know you can do this, so it meant a lot.
My graduation experience today was amazing. We all got together outside, and did this beautiful processional through the JU campus with a bagpipe leading us, which was really, really cool. Today, when I was sitting in the audience, I was so happy to know that my brother was out there cheering for me.
Michael: Way to go Sarah! As I saw my little sister go up on stage today, I just was filled with elation and the tears that eke out even right now. I was so proud of her. And to watch my little sister go through the culmination of all the things that she’s achieved to this point, to be able to walk across that stage and get that hood presented over her, fantastic.
Sarah: As a single mom, I literally don’t know what I would have done if I hadn’t got into this program.
Michael: At the end of the day, she’s proud of herself and that’s what’s really important.
At home on my computer screen, I have a quote that says, “you only regret the chances you didn’t take,” and that’s something I tell my kids a lot. You’re not going to regret trying but you might regret later on that you didn’t try and you didn’t achieve your dreams.
I am a proud MSN graduate as of today from Jacksonville University, woo hoo!