For these past 1,185 days, give or take a few for vacations (even though homework somehow found its way in those days too), I have been enrolled in college, attending classes, doing massive amounts of homework, writing term papers, preparing for and taking exams. Life as I knew it (as my family knew it) virtually came to a screeching halt in January 2010 when I made the decision to enroll in higher education.
Now I am in my final course within my last quarter, and as I sit and reflect upon the many family functions I skipped…to do homework, the hastily prepared dinners…so I could do homework, and little time for much else…yep…homework; was so totally worth the effort, dedication, headaches, and stress.
Education is not an Option
I have always expressed to my children while they were in school that education was not an option…it was nonnegotiable…it was a MUST! As for college, that is where they can play their option card. Long long ago when I was in high school and found myself pregnant I made the decision to forego graduating. So I left school, began working full-time and started raising my family.
A few years after leaving high school, I finally earned my GED and even had aspirations to go on to college to study business. Well…that was a short-lived wish. In total, I ended up raising three fabulous boys and the only thing I would have done differently, if I could, would have been to wait a while before marrying and starting my family. However, thought is…if I change one thing way back then…I wouldn’t have the children and the life I have today, so if asked now...”If I had the chance to go back and change the way I lived my life and stayed in school, would I? Resoundingly the answer would be NO!” I would not change one iota of anything in my life. I have been blessed and am honored to be my kid’s mom.
So, here we are in 2013 and I have spent the last 2 1/2 years in college (took a couple of summer quarters off), finally doing something I’ve longed to do and fulfill my desire for a college degree. I hope my example will resonate within my children, my friends and family who have the same drive and want to JUST DO IT!
In exactly seven weeks…my dream will be fulfilled and I will have my Associate’s degree in Business Administration, with which I am happy and have decided to end my college career. I have worked hard and beat myself up thinking I wasn’t applying myself enough; even though I was on Deans list my entire college career, I still had these never ending…possessing thoughts.
My effort will be rewarded for my bizarre overdrive to do well in college. I hate to brag (nah…not really), I deserve to brag a little cause Lord knows no one else will….so, here goes— today I learned I will be graduating Summa Cum Laude, and I couldn’t be more excited.
Go me!!! My college experience was well worth the sacrifices.
- Tips for Staying Motivated (bigfuture.collegeboard.org)