Gearing up for graduation and open doors

Dec. 8, 2011 at 6:08 a.m.

My cap and gown are ready, announcements have been made and finals are finally over.

I have put in the leg work and my journey is coming to an end. I began my journey at the University of Houston-Victoria unsure if I would ever be able to graduate, but here I stand today preparing to walk across the stage, thanks to the encouragement that I have received from family, my professors and my fellow students.

Thanks to my loving husband, Andy, I am standing here today. He has supported me every step of the way and done whatever necessary to make sure that I reach my goal. He convinced me that I should do whatever my heart desired, even if it cost us financially. He gave me the confidence to put in my application, when I worried I would not be accepted. And he continued pushing me when I was ready to give up. Without him, I would never have made it.

Thanks to my parents - Shelly Miller, Kenneth Davis, and Toni Davis - who have always told me that I am capable of anything that I set my mind to. They have given me the support to make it through the tough days, the discipline to stick with it, and the pride to pay my way through to the end. They have shown me that while life may be tough, it will all be worth it in the end.

Thanks to my entire family for believing in me even when I didn't believe in myself and for showing me the encouragement that got me through.

Thanks to my wonderful professors at UHV for teaching me the life lessons and workplace skills that will benefit me in my career and for giving me the knowledge that is necessary to venture out on my own. Thanks to Professor Mark Ward for showing me how to become a successful leader, and most importantly, to never stop pushing myself. Because of his class, I learned that I am capable of much more than I have given myself credit for. Thanks to Professor Macarena Hernandez for showing me that having my writing published is not just a pipe dream. With hard work and willingness, I can reach goals that I never imagined were possible.

Thanks to my fellow students for continuing to show me that I am not alone on this journey and for helping me through when I began to stumble. Thanks to classmates like Victoria Brieske and Roni Hovey for caring enough to offer their help and ask for nothing in return. Thanks to the students who work at the academic center to help me present my best work.

And, finally, thanks to my fellow students who are working moms. You gave me the courage to push through and showed me that getting an education while taking care of a family is not impossible.

I would like to wish the best to all of my fellow graduates. We have come a long way and all of our hard work has paid off.

Now it's time to go out there and show the world what we've got!

Brittany Scherzinger, of Tomball, is a senior at the University of Houston-Victoria, where she participates in the Writing for Print Media, taught by Professor Macarena Hernandez.



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