Finally I am going to start school looking back it has truly been way to long of a wait. At twenty six years old I can still remember looking back to that exciting day in which I graduated high school looking forward to college to a good future and better than that a good paying job. However that all went down the drain that fall as I began to work full time as a night stocker for target I got less and less rest as I was completely on my own finically I couldnt afford to take a cut in my hours as I was barely making ends meet to start with. So eventually the thoughts about school went away replaced with the thoughts of bills. Yet I still always wanted to be that nurse being a neo-natal nurse was my dream and here I am now married with two kids my husband and I have made the decision for me to go back to school. We have acknowledged that while Im in school money will be tight but well make it as its time for me to go and full fill my dream. I am currently picking out my classes for school which is extremely exciting I can picture the end result now when all of my hard work pays off and I am finally that nurse with that higher paying job which will allow me to set aside money for vacation and even possibly a small college fund for my kids to be able to go to school that way they wont have to go through what I did with my schooling track.
As a child, I hated school. Long boring days spent in a classroom seemed like torture. Getting an education seemed point less as I considered myself to be stupid. I never felt as smart as my classmates. All I wanted to do was travel. I craved adventure and seeing the world.
As an adult with a family struggling to make end meets, I now realize the importance of a good education. Without post-high school training or certification finding a job that pays more than minimum wage is difficult. This is why last January I returned to school. At forty-three years of age I am a college freshman.
Instead of a traditional on campus experience, I elected to take online classes. This allows me to continue to work and be a devoted father and husband. Every day I am so excited to learn that I fear my former self would be embarrassed. Now that I am committed to education, I find myself enjoying textbooks and lectures. My professors go out of their way to make the content interesting for adults. I applaud them for their efforts.
By returning to school I have new hope and excitement for my future. Once completing my degree I will be eligible for a large pay raise. Or better yet, I will be able to apply for jobs that I previously would not be considered qualified. I am excited to provide a better life for my family. More than that, I am proud of the example I am setting for my children. They understand it is never too late to become educated.
I am growing as a person not just as a student. As I learn more and more I feel myself becoming the person I never thought I could become. I look forward to the day I graduate. The day my future changes for the better.
Recently I went to a friends graduation. She is 43 years old and just getting her first degree. She was unable to get student loans or aid at the time when she graduated high school in the late 80s. She toiled away as a teachers assistant for 15 years, making ridiculously low wages and struggling just to take one class a semester. It took her, in total, 12 years to complete her degree. She was so very excited to finally graduate! She told me about a friend from high school who came from a family of very modest means and who was also, for that reason, able to get full-funding to go to college. Unfortunately my friends family earned about $35,000 a year in the late 80s, negating her from nearly every form of financial aid that would have helped her complete her degree then, as she should have been able to.
For those of you who are unclear as to why there is this trend toward degree-completion programs for adults, you can thank Ronald Reagan for that. It was 1985 when this president rather dubiously decided to completely deny student loans to any child from a family making over $32,500 per year! He denied loans, those debentures the government collects their money back on, with interest, once a student graduates, making no sense at all. This is why many continue to pursue the degrees they started some 25 years ago.
The internet is a large part of the degree completion trend. The problem with this finishing of a degree one started so long ago is that the world has changed. A business degree started in 1988 is highly ineffectual today as compared to a degree in computer science or nursing, for example. The important thing for adults who are in degree completion programs today is to be sure to switch gears into a program that reflects the needs of the current employment market and thereby tempering their ardent desire to just get any degree for the sake of feeling like they have accomplished something started so long ago. Dont arbitrarily continue to pursue a degree in a field that is no longer useful. After all this time, another year or two wont make too much of a difference and you will graduate with a degree you can immediately plug into the economy rather than just a piece of paper to hang on the wall, representative a degree that once made sense.
My friend is finally a teacher and is able to get some retirement planning going for herself that she was precluded from establishing through the school system while working for 15 years as an aid. She is absolutely enthralled to have finally reached her long-held goal. It can be done but I secretly wonder how many children would have been benefited under her tutelage if only my she was able to become a teacher in her twenties rather than in her forties? In any event, she is happy to be shaping young minds, finally.
Lately, I have seen lots of commercials on TV about individuals who have gotten an education or have taken coursework and it has led to a much better job. I too would like to get a better job and looking at education I think that is the thing that will help me in my career. I would like to go to a technical school that offers degrees or even a two year college to get help with my career. There are many things I could do as an engineering degreed professional, and I want to go to a school that is going to help me become educated in the subject, and get the focus I am looking for. There are lots of things I could do with this degree.
I am really looking forward to what an Associates degree can do for me. I will get the help I need when I am looking for the degree that I can use. In my opinion, we should always be looking for ways to better ourselves or to make an impact. This is something that I feel education can do for me, and why I am such a proponent of it. I can get the options that I need when I am looking for quality ways to make a difference. I need the education I can use, and will certainly do my best to get advantages in my career.
A great education can pave the way to a great career, and no one knows that better than myself. I want to get the career focus that I am looking forward to. I know that an education can help me with a great career. I want to make my family proud of me, and more importantly, I want to be proud of myself as well.