You guys!!! August was a big month!!! Let’s review:
The month kicked off with a work trip to Phoenix. I helped out with an AZ-related project partly because they needed help, but also so that I’d a get a trip to Phoenix to see my brother and his fiancee! The training went well, and it was awesome to catch up with Matthew and Melinda. And Phoenix is really cool! I can see why they like it there. (And no, it wasn’t that hot when I went.)
Also in August: the homestretch of my program kicked into high gear. I had either class, a team conference call, or hours of work to put into my Capstone project seemingly every night.
…that is until the 22nd and 23rd, when I had my final Basecamp! (Basecamp is when we go to campus for 2-6 days and finish one semester and start the next. This time, it was only 2 days because it was our last one!) That’s right folks, I’m done with grad school!!! I now have a Master’s of Public Health in Policy and Management. If you’re curious about what classes one has to take to earn that kind of degree, check out the post, What I learned in each class I took in my MPH program, on my professional(ish) blog.
In all seriousness, though: it was a really tough program, especially while working full time (and changing jobs in the middle of it!). And it was also incredibly rewarding. My cohort was amazing; I made so many great new friends and connections that have taught me so much over the last two years. I’m excited to see what great things come out of my cohort in the years to come!
To celebrate my badassery, Richie and I went to Jamaica the day after I finished my program! We stayed at a resort on the cliffs of Negril and indulged in relaxation, jerk chicken, and rum.
Along with the trip, my graduation gift was a Nikon D3300, and Jamaica was a gorgeous setting to learn how to use it! Here’s a slideshow of some select shots. Enjoy!