Life Update: Degreed, Twice


God wants us to know that life is a series of beginnings, not endings. Just as graduations are not terminations, but commencements. Creation is an ongoing process, and when we create a perfect world where love and compassion are shared by all, suffering will cease.  -Bernie Siegel








After a long year and a half journey, I can finally put those 3 letters behind my name. In May 2017 I enrolled in LIM Colleges online Masters of Professional Studies program in Fashion Merchandising and Retail Management. It was a tough decision to make considering last time I enrolled in a program post undergraduate life I was misguided and had to withdraw after my first semester. I decided to enroll in this program, one because I always said I wanted a Master's degree, two I was unable to take merchandising courses in undergraduate school and I knew I needed to learn essentials like retail math & buying, and lastly because I was so frustrated with not having a job in my field that I just wanted to be someway involved in the industry and fashion school was my next option. 

I can honestly say my experience was good, not great, but good. The program is on an 8 week system. What that means is every 8 weeks I was in a different course. No there were no breaks in between except when it was time to change semesters and lasted only 5-7 days. I had a discussion board due every Wednesday and Thursday and a paper or project due on Sundays oh and don't forget to respond to at least 2 to 3 classmates in order to get full credit for participation.

The Lesson

I am so proud of myself for seeing this through. It was tough and everyday I said I was quitting, but I stuck it out until the end. I do feel as thought the degree is helpful in what I am currently building. This program opened my eyes up to another part the industry I had no idea about and for some courses, it was great to have a refresher. Overall I'm looking forward to the next chapter. I have no idea if I will get a Ph.D and if I do it won't be in fashion or anytime soon for that matter. 

When I look back over the last year and a half, I honestly wonder how I managed it all. I don't believe in balance, I believe in prioritizing and managing. My blog and projects had to take a seat in the back so that I could focus on school while being a wife and full time employee. It was tough and many times I felt guilty for not blogging or working on a project, but there will always be a time when we have to choose and make sacrifices. So don't feel guilty for having to choose. Adulting is all about choices and making the right ones. Prioritize what is most precent in your life and pick back up where you left off. 

Let me know if you have any more questions about any one of degrees. I'd be glad to go into more detail. Leave me comments and don't forget to like and share this. :)

Love, Light, & Peace to You



KiYada Upshaw

24 year old millennial building an overnight success story 1 week at a time. Talking about building a fashion brand while being a young newly wed keeping God at the full font of the relationship and career.