It's done. I can't believe it. I can truly say that I'm a graduate of Purdue University!!! :D God has blessed me as a first-generation graduate for my family, and I am so thankful for this journey. It's been a long, hard 5 and a half years at Purdue. Yes, 5 and a half. That's like 11 semesters!! (I'll explain in a moment. ) I have been waiting for this moment since Spring 2010 with such anticipation that I've nearly fallen off my seat 8 or 9 times (metaphorically speaking). Let's go back and look at the timeline.