I heard my family cheering as I walked in. I raised my hand, with many others, as a first-generation college grad. I looked into the stands to see my husband grinning from ear to ear. I made it across the stage before I started crying with pure joy.
The night before, my husband surprised me with a big graduation party. It was the most amazing few days, and definitely one of the proudest moments of my life.
I still have a few more steps to take. I've already taken my national board and am waiting on the results to come in. Saturday I will take my regional (practical) board. Once all my test results are in, I just have to apply for my license, and within a few weeks, I will officially be an RDH (registered dental hygienist). God-sized dreams really do come true!