After 6 long years, switching majors 4 times, and attending 3 different schools I finally GRADUATED!!!!
For those wondering, I graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. Yes, economics…(weird I know) who would have thought! Funny enough- I would have never imagined myself as an economics major, but God had a plan for me that I hadn’t realized yet. I was definitely skeptical, but I’m so glad that I listened. As my photography business continues to grow, I find myself using economics more and more. I’ve had my photography business for 2 years now and it’s been exhilarating! I am so excited about the future both personally and professionally. I want to thank everyone that has continued to love me, support me, and encourage me over these past few years. Thank you for being so supportive of my dreams. Who I am and where I am today is because of all of you. Truly.
Thank you to my amazing husband. No matter what, you’re on my side. You honestly complete me and truly are my better half. I love you sweetie! You helped me with courses I wasn’t the strongest in, pulled some late nights alongside me studying for exams, drove me to and from class on occasion, and had lunch with me on days that we were free at the same time! 🙂
Thank you to my rock star parents. From day one, you were there for me.
While attending Union University in 2008, a F-5 tornado ripped through the campus destroying nearly all the student dorms. Dad was among the first to take me and my 3 terrified room mates back to their house for the night. Mom went to the Belmont University college visit with me and always gave the hugs when I needed it. You guys helped us move out of and into our new homes in Nashville and Knoxville. You both visited me numerous times while in Knoxville, made me feel loved and appreciated, and even attended a few football games with us 🙂 I’ll never forget these memories.
Thank you to the entire Nord family. You guys gave me so much support when I expressed my desires to open my own photography business. You bought me my first camera and pushed me to go the extra mile.
Thank you to my brother, sister, sister-in-law, and brother-in-law for being amazing people that I could always count on for love and support. Lauren, you’ve always been a shoulder I could cry on and someone I could call to cheer me up. Thank you for coming to photo shoots with me and even modeling for me when I wanted to try out something new. Thank you for coming to visit me as much as possible in Knoxville, always reminding me that family will always be there when friends may come and go. Keith, thank you for finding the UTK adult professional & personal development program and telling me about it. Because of this, I’ve learned so much in photography and made everlasting friendships with students as well as professors. One of my professors became one of my closest friends! 🙂 I’ll be graduating on June 13th with the photography certificate.
Lance, thank you for being the best “little” brother ever. You never cease to make me smile or laugh when I need it. The fact that you can literally sweep me off my feet still amazes me! Congratulations on your high school graduation, bubba! I can’t wait to see you play hockey for UT Memphis this fall!
Thank you to my amazing grandmother and late grandfather who paid my way through college. Your love and support is never ending.
Thank you to my incredible neighbors, Dan, Sonya, Daniel, and Natalie Miller. Without you guys, I don’t know how Vince and I would have adapted to Knoxville so well. I felt at peace having sweet neighbors beside us and knew that you guys are people I could count on. You introduced us to your church- a place where we felt God was leading us to be. Thank you for the listening ears, late night board games, and family dinners. I love you guys so much!