It's official... I'm a collidge edjumucated smarti pants!

msteinhilbermsteinhilber Posts: 1,480Member ■■■■■■■■□□
I recently turned in my senior thesis and completed that along with the last class I needed to satisfy the graduation requirements. I received nearly perfect marks on my thesis (I was second guessing myself along the way with this one, so that is a relief) and corresponding presentation and I am officially over with one of the points of my life where I have worked myself harder than ever before. Shortly after the decision to go back to school for my degree, my wife and I started our family and our first child was introduced to the world. Juggling a full-time job, full-time class load, and family life without neglecting my family has been a challenge. I owe a lot to my wife for dealing with me and making sacrifices during the many countless nights and weekends where I spent hours studying, especially the final weeks as I worked on my thesis. It's been worth it though, the sense of accomplishment is a great feeling - and having a whole bunch of free time again is an even better feeling :D

Now time to take a break for a week or so and slowly ramp up on the certification studies that have been mostly on and off during breaks between semesters :)

Now to add B.S. in Technology Management to my profile ;)

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  • miller811miller811 Posts: 897Member
    You the man.....
    congrats.
    I don't claim to be an expert, but I sure would like to become one someday.

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  • dynamikdynamik Posts: 12,314Banned ■■■■■■■■□□
    Wow, I had no idea you were so close (that's what she said), congratulations!

    So are you finally going to get crackin' on those certs, or what? ;)
  • human151human151 Posts: 208Member
    congratulation.

    You have my respect for your hard work and discipline.
    Welcome to the desert of the real.

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  • katakatakkatakatak Posts: 50Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    Congrats man! It's an awesome feeling, especially when you do it with your priorities in the right place man! Keep at it
  • msteinhilbermsteinhilber Posts: 1,480Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    dynamik wrote: »
    So are you finally going to get crackin' on those certs, or what? ;)

    Yup, time to start cranking them out :D
  • mikej412mikej412 Posts: 10,090Member
    Congratulations!! icon_cheers.gif
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  • networker050184networker050184 Posts: 11,962Mod Mod
    Congrats!
    An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made.
  • skrpuneskrpune Posts: 1,409Member
    awesome, congrats on the accomplishment!!
    Currently Studying For: Nothing (cert-wise, anyway)
    Next Up: Security+, 291?

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  • 120nm4n120nm4n Posts: 116Member
    Congratulations!
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  • UnixGuyUnixGuy SABSA, GCFA, GPEN, CISM, RHCE, Security+, Server+, eJPT, CCNA Posts: 4,049Mod Mod
    Congratulations...It was difficult to manage all this but you did it !! icon_cheers.gif
    Goal: MBA, Jan 2021
  • coffeekingcoffeeking Posts: 305Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    Much respect to you for what you have done mate! sure isn't easy...congrats and wish you best for future endeavors.
  • JoJoCal19JoJoCal19 California Kid Posts: 2,801Mod Mod
    Congrats! icon_cheers.gif

    Maybe you can give me some pointers because Im a newlywed, full time working, full time schooling, cert studying fool. No kid yet but the wife wants to try next year. I feel like its hard to find time for myself now, I cant imagine how you did all that with a kid. Props to you.
    Have: CISSP, CISM, CISA, CRISC, eJPT, GCIA, GSEC, CCSP, CCSK, AWS CSAA, AWS CCP, CEHv8, CHFIv8, ITIL-F, MS Cyber Security - USF, BSBA - UF, MSISA - WGU
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  • msteinhilbermsteinhilber Posts: 1,480Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    Thanks everyone for all of the kind words! :D
  • NightShade03NightShade03 Posts: 1,383Member ■■■■■■■□□□
  • blargoeblargoe Self-Described Huguenot NC, USAPosts: 4,171Member ■■■■■■■■■□
    That is no small feat, congratulations!
    IT guy since 12/00

    Recent: 11/2019 - RHCSA (RHEL 7); 2/2019 - Updated VCP to 6.5 (just a few days before VMware discontinued the re-cert policy...)
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  • PiersPiers Posts: 454Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    congrats!! icon_cheers.gif
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  • veritas_libertasveritas_libertas CISSP, GIAC x5, CompTIA x5 Greenville, SC USAPosts: 5,735Member ■■■■■■■■■■
    Congratz!
    Currently working on: Linux and Python
  • AldurAldur Juniper Moderator Posts: 1,460Member
    way to goicon_cheers.gif

    Hopefully you don't have a butt load of student loans to pay off like me icon_wink.gif
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  • msteinhilbermsteinhilber Posts: 1,480Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    Aldur wrote: »
    way to goicon_cheers.gif

    Hopefully you don't have a butt load of student loans to pay off like me icon_wink.gif

    Thanks!

    The student loans I have as well as the current economy may actually dictate how soon I begin to pursue a Master's degree. I wanted to take a slightly longer break (around a year to two) but I may have to begin sooner to defer payments on the loans.

    Should all prove to be worthwhile in the end though! I hope :D
  • NightShade03NightShade03 Posts: 1,383Member ■■■■■■■□□□

    The student loans I have as well as the current economy may actually dictate how soon I begin to pursue a Master's degree. I wanted to take a slightly longer break (around a year to two) but I may have to begin sooner to defer payments on the loans.

    I actually almost did the same thing. I wanted to just stay in school and go after my Master's and PhD, but decided it was worth the risk to try and find a job (even in this economy).
  • RevenueRevenue Posts: 130Member
    Congratz!!

    I have just started a Masters and starting to feel the pressure of work/family/Certs/Study.. Its tough, but great to hear you think its worth it! Will keep me going for a bit :)
  • mikedisd2mikedisd2 Posts: 1,096Member ■■■■■□□□□□

    Now to add B.S. in Technology Management to my profile

    I have BS in my title as well, although it stands for something else. icon_wink.gif

    Well done though for putting in the hard yards. The payoff is nothing but intrinsic value.
  • snadamsnadam Posts: 2,234Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    congrats on a completing a VERY challenging goal! Best of luck with the future cert grabbin'! Have a beer and relax, hell have 12... :)
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  • TurgonTurgon Posts: 6,313Banned
    I recently turned in my senior thesis and completed that along with the last class I needed to satisfy the graduation requirements. I received nearly perfect marks on my thesis (I was second guessing myself along the way with this one, so that is a relief) and corresponding presentation and I am officially over with one of the points of my life where I have worked myself harder than ever before. Shortly after the decision to go back to school for my degree, my wife and I started our family and our first child was introduced to the world. Juggling a full-time job, full-time class load, and family life without neglecting my family has been a challenge. I owe a lot to my wife for dealing with me and making sacrifices during the many countless nights and weekends where I spent hours studying, especially the final weeks as I worked on my thesis. It's been worth it though, the sense of accomplishment is a great feeling - and having a whole bunch of free time again is an even better feeling :D

    Now time to take a break for a week or so and slowly ramp up on the certification studies that have been mostly on and off during breaks between semesters :)

    Now to add B.S. in Technology Management to my profile ;)

    Congratulations! I totally relate to this. Your number 1 priority is what you have going on at home because that is your life. Enjoy spending as much time with the family as you can do now before you hit the certification tread mill, both you and your wife deserve some time out.
  • NetAdmin2436NetAdmin2436 Posts: 1,076Member
    Congrats! That's quite a schedule you had there. Way to stick with it icon_thumright.gif
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  • petedudepetedude Posts: 1,510Member
    Now to add B.S. in Technology Management to my profile ;)

    Congratulations. . .

    . . . and if you don't mind my asking, from what school?
    Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.
    --Will Rogers
  • nelnel Posts: 2,859Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    Well done. Your family will be proud.

    Good luck for the future.
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  • kriscamaro68kriscamaro68 A+, Net+, Server+, Security+, Win7 MCP, Server 2012 Virtualization Specialist, MCSA 2012 Posts: 1,186Member ■■■■■■■□□□
    congrats on this great accomplishment. I am planning on taking on a bs in i.t. and when I start my first class i will be 26 kinda sucks that I waited this long.
  • dynamikdynamik Posts: 12,314Banned ■■■■■■■■□□
    congrats on this great accomplishment. I am planning on taking on a bs in i.t. and when I start my first class i will be 26 kinda sucks that I waited this long.

    It's also kinda awesome that you didn't wait longer icon_cool.gif
  • brad-brad- Posts: 1,218Member
    Shortly after the decision to go back to school for my degree, my wife and I started our family and our first child was introduced to the world. Juggling a full-time job, full-time class load, and family life without neglecting my family has been a challenge.

    Lots of respect.

    I went back to school in my late 20's after joining the army and getting married. I had a full time job for the last 30 hours or so that I took...and I thought it was almost too much. Now with kids of my own, I have a whole different level of respect for people that have a job & family, and then go to college.

    Grats on finishing btw!
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