2016 has been a horrible year for me. My first attempt at taking the exams I need to finish my graduate degree ended in failure. The pressure to take and pass these exams the second time was magnified by the fact that a second failure would mean that the degree I seek would be out of my grasp at the institution where I am attending. I am happy to say that I found out yesterday that I passed. What I haven’t told most of my friends and family members is that apparently my department has known that I passed and failed to let me know. I don’t know how long they knew but it doesn’t matter because I am closer to reaching my goal today than I was two weeks ago when I took the exams and that is something to be thankful for.