This is my last blog. I will be graduating next week. I have so
many emotions I really can't describe them all, but I wanted to
express my gratitude to the university, professors and my fellow
My journey does not end here. It is just the
beginning. I am very thankful that I was able to further my
education, especially with the obstacles. It is difficult to raise
a family in this day and age, especially a family of seven. I am
thankful to each of my children and my husband for the many
sacrifices the family made to see me through the past two and
one-half years in the Master of Science in Acupuncture Program.
I have been truly blessed with a great support system of
friends, family and a wonderful father-in-law, Father Michael
Pfleger. My success is true testimony to anyone that you can go
back to school AND raise a family.
I did have difficult times. I had a few trimesters where I just
wanted to throw in the towel and go back to Human Resource
Management because we desperately needed the money. There was a
point in time where we lived in hotels and the entire family was
dislocated. I had to reach out in the community to food pantries
and government supplemental assistance. I never gave up my hope or
Of course, remember that saying, "What does not
kill you makes you stronger." My experience here at National made
me a stronger person, a better mom, and a caring, compassionate
practitioner. I look forward to passing the boards and working with
a fellow graduate in Lisle, Illinois, and also continuing my
I am thankful for all the opportunities I have been given. This
would not be the case if I did not further my education. I
encourage those who are thinking about going back to school for
their master's or doctorate to pursue it now!
Remember: Juli Yelnick will be the new AOM blogger staring next
trimester. I look forward to reading her blogs and learning from
Happy Holidays! Happy Studying! Congratulations to the graduates
of the NUHS December Class of 2013. Happy New Year!