I found real life Jessica Day. And she’s my Elements of Art teacher. The quote that gave me hope, “Fun fact, it took me 8 years to graduate from undergrad.”
That little tid-bit gave me so much comfort. First, if she can survive 8 years, and even then still pursue a masters, then I can survive the next year and a half. Second, hell yes, I love it when people interfere with our rigid social expectations of what “education” and “work” should be. It’s people like her that make it easier for younger people in the future to pursue what’s right for them, not simply what’s prescribed by others.