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No pomp, no circumstance... but a great deal of gratitude

Yesterday morning I was snuggled up to Zelda when my alarm went off. I sat there a few more minutes before I gently passed her off to Gabe. She fussed for a minute, and oh how mom guilt ate at me as I got ready for work. In that moment I wanted nothing more than to stay in bed, with my teething baby laying on my chest. But, as I got ready I began to think of how I came to working for this company online, which lead me to thinking of my college career.

And my grumpy demeanor was replaced with an overwhelming gratitude. I was the first child in my family to attend college. Both my parents finished college while raising children. My mom was a single parent of five for most of her academic years. I had no idea what to expect.

I studied at Standford University in between my junior and senior years of college. While the academic and social structures were reminiscent of a real life college experience, the economics of it were not, at least for me. I didn't have to work, and meals were p…

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