Half a Credit Short: My Unconventional Path to Graduation

Imagine the shock of finding out you’re not officially a graduate after all your hard work in college. That’s exactly what happened to me. Let me share this surprising twist in my journey, one that taught me resilience and the true value of education.

The Email That Changed Everything:

Seven months post-graduation, an email awaited me, buried in my inbox. It wasn’t just any email; it was a message from my alma mater saying I was 0.5 credits short of graduating. It felt like a sucker punch, a reminder of the many times I felt I had to prove myself.

Overcoming Self-Doubt:

This news brought back all the negative feelings I’d fought against. Despite not being the tallest or the smartest in my class, I had worked tirelessly for good grades. This email made me question all of it, making me feel like a failure.

An Unexpected Turn:

But then, something incredible happened. I connected with a professor who recognized the value of my entrepreneurial experience. Together, we used my business knowledge to earn that final half credit. This twist turned my disappointment into a triumph.

The Irony of Entrepreneurship:

You often hear that entrepreneurs don’t need a degree, but in my case, being an entrepreneur helped me secure mine. The realization hit hard. I remember calling my mom, overwhelmed with emotion, feeling silly for crying over a piece of paper I thought I didn’t need.


This experience taught me that it’s not just about the degree; it’s about the journey and the lessons learned. Sometimes, life throws you curveballs, but with resilience and a bit of entrepreneurial spirit, you can turn challenges into victories!

January 3, 2024

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