Colleen, M.Ed.

It makes me gag that it’s been three years since I graduated college.

Over the past three years, I have been working full-time on my Master’s degree in Community Counseling. I refrained from talking about school in depth here on the blog, because, in my experience, grad school sucks the fun and joy out of life.

Dramatic? Maybe. Maybe not. ;)

When we moved to Richmond for Cory’s job, the prospect of a 4 hour (round-trip) commute for the last year of grad school dampened my already sopping wet spirit. But you know what?

I did it.

The thing is, I can’t credit just myself. Without Cory, this wouldn’t be possible. He’s worked full time, listened to my meltdowns, and convinced me not to quit on more than one occasion.

My parents have let me stay with them after my night classes, fed me too much, and stayed up late listening to me vent about school and life.

My in-laws have been some of my biggest cheerleaders since day one. My mother-in-law would send me weekly count-down texts during this last semester, which I appreciate more than she knows. They also feed my husband on Monday nights. It must be a parent thing ;)

My friends have motivated me, supported me, and cheered me on throughout this entire journey.

My professors from undergrad, with whom I still chat!, prepared me for this insane educational marathon.

So, really, we did it.

Yep, friends, I’m finally (finally, finally, FINALLY) Colleen Nichols, M.Ed. :)

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44 Responses to Colleen, M.Ed.

  1. Nicki says:


  2. Congratulations, Colleen! With all the hardship involved you’d have reason enough to rant :) . It’s amazing how supportive all of your family members (in-law or not) were and I’m happy for you! Hope you’re having a huge and well-deserved celebration planned already :) !

  3. Congratulations! I cannot believe you had a 4 hr commute – that’s insane!!

  4. Ashley Crute says:

    I am sooo PROUD of YOU!!! Your hard work has paid off!! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Caroline says:

    Congratulations and welcome to the counseling community! It’s a lot of fun:) Great job pushing through so many tough weeks to get that degree!

  6. So awesome!! I know that glorious feeling all too well. Congrats!!

  7. Congrats! So exciting! Isn’t it ironic that you have your masters in community counseling and it took a community to help make it happen! :)

  8. Sara says:

    Congratulations, what a huge accomplishment!! You deserve a whole weekend of celebration!!

  9. kepotts says:

    CONGRATS Colleen! So awesome that you’re following your passion & going to be helping others! Enjoy!

  10. Congrats! you deserve it!

  11. Parita says:

    Congrats, C! I hope you, Cory, and your families are able to celebrate this huge milestone together!!

  12. Congratulations, Colleen! This is such a great accomplishment! I hope that you relax and celebrate!

  13. Susan says:

    Congrats to you! SUCH an achievement! To say that I understand what you went through is an understatement! Yesterday, I took my last final exam EVER for pharmacy school. I commuted from Virginia Beach to Hampton everyday for three years through Hampton Roads tunnel traffic. Not quite four hours, but sitting in tunnel traffic is enough to make me jump off a bridge and I’m fairly certain my head rested on my steering wheel more than I’m willing to admit, all thanks to ding-a-ling drivers! Last night I had a drink for myself, you, and every other bad mamma-jamma out there that completed a huge chapter of their life yesterday. Get on witcha bad self :)

  14. Joni says:

    OR Colleen Nichols, F.M.Ed (F for finally). This helped too : Congratulations, Colleen. Thanks for letting us share your journey (figuratively speaking; that 4 hour commute was all you!) : )

  15. Woohoo!! Congrats on your master’s degree – that is a HUGE accomplishment and you should be extremely proud of it. I’m starting grad school in the fall so I’m going to pretend you didn’t say it sucks the fun and joy out of life… although I already kinda knew that… :)

  16. carlyjg says:

    Congratulations! That’s incredible. I’m an undergrad at UC Davis, and I think my schoolwork is overwhelming; I can’t even imagine being in grad school!

  17. You have done so well Colleen! You deserve a lot of credit and a great vacation!! We are all very proud of you and love you very much!! XO

  18. Brittany says:

    Congratulations– you did it!!!! Finishing grad school is such a HUGE accomplishment :D Pat yourself on the back … and then, go celebrate!!

  19. You did it. Omigosh, girl, that’s amazing! Congratulations!! The work load of grad school is bad enough, but with a 4 hour commute on top of it? Gah. Rockstar status, right there.

  20. Congrats! That is CRAZY you had to drive so much! I complained when I had to drive ONE hour to classes!!

  21. Angela says:

    Congrats girl!!! You deserve it!

  22. Congrats! That’s an awesome accomplishment!

  23. Congrats colleen!! I can’t believe you commuted 4 hours – I thought my 2 hour round trip was a lot of my undergrad degree! Such an accomplishment!

  24. Nancy Loftus says:

    Colleen…Congrats! You are an inspiration! Way to Go!

  25. Mary Ellen McCarthy says:

    Congratulations Colleen and to all your peeps as well. I am a firm believer in “It takes a village”. Not just in child rearing but in all aspects of life. You were ultimately the ‘one’ who did stick with and made those trips, did all the academic work. Not to mention becoming a new bride, leaving your childhood home, working full time and blogging. Pat yourself on the back. You did great!


    Now, since I know where my Richmond apt is gonna be, let’s plan a playdate. :-D

  27. Congrats Colleen!! The excitement and relief you must be feeling is so deserved!!

  28. Tiff says:

    Congrats girl! Hard work pays off.

  29. Megan says:


  30. Laura Likes Design says:

    You’re amazing! Congratulations–you deserve a zen summer filled with wine and froyo after all of your crazy commutes!

  31. Congrats!!! I know you are super excited!! :)

  32. Danica says:


  33. vegology says:

    Congratulations Colleen! I finished undergrad 4 years ago and haven’t gone back to grad school because I don’t think I’m mentally (and emotionally) prepared for it yet! :/ I’m sure it hasn’t been easy, congrats on all your hard work finally paying off!

  34. Congratulations on finishing!!! I just finished my first year at VCU getting a Masters in Social Work and I feel like I’m counting down the days to graduation next year! And I can totally relate to feeling like a Debbie Downer when anyone talks about grad school. It’s not undergrad (and NOTHING compared to the greatness of Longwood!) and I can’t wait for it to be over! But in the end it will be worth it and I’m sure you are excited for your next steps! Congrats again! :)

  35. YOU DID IT, Coline!! haha

    This is so, so SO amazing!!! But am I jealous that you’re now done? Yes, yes I am. (Especially since I still have a year left for my 2nd undergrad AND THEN getting a 1-year masters after that!)

  36. Definitely a job well done, especially having such a long commute recently! It took me 5 years to get my master’s in education because I was teaching full-time. I just wanted to be done!!

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