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Baby Steps: Turn the tassel, turn the page

Posted May 19, 2011

Move over Scotty McCreery … our focus last Saturday was on something far different.

It finally happened! After more than three years of going to classes after work, group meetings on weekends and setting aside novels for textbooks, I finally have my MBA.

My parents drove down last week to be here for the graduation. And we followed that up by a celebration in style with a nice dinner at 42nd Street Oyster Bar. Admittedly, we were able to catch a little bit of WRAL’s coverage of Scotty’s Homecoming along the way.

It hit me while we were in the RBC Center that this graduation was the biggest I’d ever been in! More than 500 students earned degrees from the Poole College of Management this May. The journalism school at the University of Maryland might’ve been that size in total. My high school ceremony actually involved many more graduating students years ago at Constitution Hall, but still less than this most recent graduation.

I now have all kinds of new found time on my hands. I have time to volunteer at the animal shelter. I have time to read fun books. I have time to work with my sorority or teach swimming lessons again. And – most importantly – I have time to spend, without distraction, researching how we will move forward trying to start a family.

I know I haven’t had many updates on this front in a while…and I hope this benchmark will mean we’ll soon have something new to share.

Christine is the weekday noon news producer at WRAL-TV. She lives with her husband and three dogs. Christine is chronicling her experience as she and her husband struggle with infertility. Find her here on Fridays.




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  • christineincarolina May 23, 2011

    Thanks everyone for your kind words!

    I know I haven't talked about it much but I actually have a full time job at WRAL. That's included in the little description at the bottom of my blog each week. I've been going to school part-time and I have no intentions of leaving the great gig I already have. I'm just making myself more valuable.

    Thanks again for reading and for posting.

  • grannybam07 May 20, 2011

    WOO HOO!!!! Congratulations on your MBA and all the new prospects it brings - the choices are all yours! Have fun exploring them. It sounds like you have missed having time for volunteer work, reading (one of my passions), and social/community involvement. I certainly hope those organizations who can benefit from your willingness to serve are as excited as you are! Way to go!!!!

    Last night Scotty said Saturday was one of the best days of his life, I imagine it was one your best too!

  • My3Boys May 20, 2011

    Congratulations on your accomplishment!

  • Killian May 20, 2011

    JAT -- well, my guess is that she lives in the NC economy while you live in Utopia. The job market here sucks right now, especially for new graduates. Most of them will not waltz off the stage with their diplomas and into a corner office, but if you have some leads for her, I bet she'd love to hear them!

  • JAT May 20, 2011

    So you got an MBA and now have all this free time on your hands? Shouldn't an MBA mean you have less time in that you get a job to use your degree? Just curious.

  • lwt May 20, 2011

    Congrats on finishing your MBA! I remember after finishing Grad School I had this strange feeling of "What on earth do I do with all this free time!” I had been a student for 18 years straight, and it was odd suddenly not having school to focus on everyday.

    Good luck on your journey to parenthood now that you have a little time on your hands!