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I graduate today!

And I'm the equivalent of valedictorian. YAY!
I am so proud of you!!!!!!!!!!
Thank you. I've been walking around grinning like an idiot all day.
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Thank you, thank you. Is it normal to be all excited?
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I've never doubted your intelligence. Besides, I'm much smarter than Steve. He never had a 4.0....
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That's still pretty damn good. I go to a community college though. We all know it's easy to get A's there. :)
Congratulations from someone who tried twice unsuccessfully to make it through community college
I flunked out the first time I went to school too. It was 8 years before I got my shit together enough to try again.

And, like I've said before, I have an amazing support system. I have my husband, my friends, my teachers and bitching to livejournal when things get overwhelming. I'm not alone.

Everyone takes their own educational path. I'm 28 years old. I just barely got my AA, and I have miles and miles to go before my education is completed.

Thanks so much for your support and saying congrats, it means a lot.

i know you feel doubtful about the validity your accomplishments, but i think you're AWESOME for getting through with so much to show for your time there. i mean that.

-- another person who failed twice in a community college setting. :(
I'm going to try not to quote verbatim what I said to Jon, but it's hard because he said almost the same thing you did. :)

As someone who has read about therapy, and depression, and gone to therapy, and been depressed and watched many of my friends go through the same thing, I know that self-esteem is a process. It's not some magical thing where we just snap our fingers and we get proud of ourselves. Oh were it that easy. I don't know if I'll ever feel completely the way about myself that I want to feel, but sometimes I think I'm getting there more quickly than I am other days.

I flunked out of the first college I tried. They threw me out with my nasty nasty grades. It took me eight years to get to the point where I could walk into a classroom again, and I was scared shitless.

And I know I put a lot of effort in. But I was not alone in doing this. I've developed an amazing group of friends and family who help me when they can. I have my husband, my friends, my teachers, and even my livejournal friends who do nothing but listen to me bitch, which in itself is quite the helpful thing.

I took a different path to get an education, and even as I continue to finish it, it's not going to be normal in any way, shape or form. I'm 28 years old. Compared to the baby face freshman, I'm grandma age. But in the end it's worth it, because I know I'm ready now, and I had to be ready to do this.

Thanks for saying congratulations, and thanks for listening to me rant, yet again.