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A Monumental Moment

We share a lot about us personally through our travel tales, but we still like to keep a few secrets here and there and rarely share the big moments in our lives. Today is a bit different because I am so very proud of a huge accomplishment!

If you’ve been following us for a while now, you know that we both work full time jobs in addition to this travel blog. And if you also follow along on our Facebook Page, you might have noticed that I’m traveling but things seem a bit quiet. I work as a communications manager and social media strategist at Grand Canyon University and I’m extremely blessed that I was able to continue to do my job remotely when we moved to Italy. The reason things have been a bit quiet is because once a year I travel to Phoenix and join the masses commuting to an office each day.

A perk of working for an institution of higher learning is that continuing education is always encouraged and employees have fantastic tuition benefits. For the last few years, I have been plugging away at earning my degree in Applied Management one class at a time online.I’ve participated in online class discussions and written papers from Svalbard to the Maldives and everywhere in between. All while blogging and working! And yet, we still managed to visit 25 countries last year and 18 countries the year before.

Last Thursday, I took my place in the sound booth in GCU Arena and approved thousands of congratulatory text messages from proud friends and family members as our traditional campus students graduated in two separate ceremonies. Friday, it was my turn to finally step out from behind the scenes, ignore the Radian6 alerts, Facebook posts, tweets, and countless emails I receive daily for a few hours and celebrate my accomplishments.

Jdombs-Travels-Graduation Renowned graffiti artist Eric Wahl delivered the keynote speech and I watched anxiously from my seat on the arena floor as he painted Michael Jordan and Mickey Mouse with his hands all while telling us to follow our dreams. Finally, it was time to rise and receive our diplomas. I nervously took deliberate step by deliberate step praying I wouldn’t trip. Finally, my name was called and I proudly marched across the stage and shook Interim Dean of Ken Blanchard College of Business, Dr. McClean’s hand and grasped my diploma. I had finally done it!

Tim wasn’t able to make the trip to Phoenix with me and my mom and dad were in Pennsylvania, but thanks to technology, they were “there” and able to watch my graduation via a live stream.

I feel like I am supposed to leave you with some sort of sage piece of advice. So, I guess it would be this: it’s never too late in life to earn a degree and it is possible to do so while still enjoying the things you enjoy most!

Jennifer Dombrowski

Jennifer Dombrowski is a location independent globe trotter who is based in Prata di Pordenone, Italy. She works as a social media and communications strategist and is an award-winning travel writer. She is also a travel correspondent on Traveling on the American Forces Radio Network. Jdomb's Travels was named one of the top travel blogs to watch by the Huffington Post and has been featured by top publications such as CNN, Buzzfeed , and The Telegraph. Her iPhoneograpy has also been featured on publications such as USA Today and Travel + Leisure. Google+

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  1. Jennifer

    Wow I am amazed you manage to do all those things at once! Congrats :)

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    Jennifer Dombrowski Reply:

    Thanks, Jennifer! Most days I don’t honestly know how manage it all. Now with one less thing, maybe I can sleep! ;)

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  2. Larry

    A very impressive list of accomplishments! Congratulations!

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  3. Tim Davis

    So proud of you Jennifer, I wish I could have there to share it with you though!

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    Jennifer Dombrowski Reply:

    Wish you could have been there too, baby!

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  4. Laurel

    Yeah! Congrats! All your hard work has paid off! What’s even more impressive is how you juggle so many balls at once. I have no idea how you do it! Congrats again!

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    Jennifer Dombrowski Reply:

    I am just glad there is now one less ball to juggle! Whatever will I do with all the free time? ;)

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  5. Marlene

    Good job done with all you had on your plate. Congratulations again

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  6. Andrea

    Fantastic – congrats!!

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    Jennifer Dombrowski Reply:

    Thanks, Andrea!

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  7. Sofie

    Big congratulations!
    It must have taken quite some discipline to keep those studies up while working and traveling.

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    Jennifer Dombrowski Reply:

    Thanks, Sophie! Yes, there were so many times we were traveling and I would rather have been doing anything else but sitting in a hotel writing a paper. Even worse when the wifi wouldn’t work in the room and I was camped out in the lobby, ect. I can’t tell you how happy I am not to have to do that anymore!

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    Sofie @ Wonderful Wanderings Reply:

    I completely understand. I’ve always loved styding but after my final year I was happy it was over. Of course that’s completely different from what you did – I was just at university, but I think I can imagine your sense of ‘woohoo!’:-)

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  8. Leigh

    A huge congratulations. My gosh you’ve been busy. Do you feel like you have lots of time now or does the blog just eat up all your former studying time?

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    Jennifer Dombrowski Reply:

    Thanks, Leigh! Sadly, no, I still seem to be super busy and only getting busier. At least I’m never bored!

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  9. Ali

    Congrats on such a wonderful accomplishment!

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    Jennifer Dombrowski Reply:

    Thanks, Ali! It seems like I’ve been going to school forever. I can’t believe I finally graduated!

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