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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 peers.

2013-12-05_frozenMy 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 faith.

2013-12-05_turkeyOf 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 education.

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 her experiences.


Happy Holidays! Happy Studying! Congratulations to the graduates of the NUHS December Class of 2013. Happy New Year!