Just like Chris, I have seen that finish line so many times, but there have been things in my life that have knocked me down and I learned from it just like Fred. There was times when I was turned down because my educational background wasn’t enough and this motivates me to continue with my education. I’m at a point of my life where I want to feel a sense of accomplishment. I want my children to be proud of me as I am of them. I want my mother to see her first born walk across the stage to receive his diploma.
My Story I have always wanted to return to school but never got around to it until recently. There are so many reasons why I returned to school but this essay would become a book and I would be typing for weeks. There were many reasons I decided to go back to school. One main reason is the fact that getting my degree is one of the major personal goals I set for myself and not accomplishing this goal would mean failure to me. The second reason I felt returning to school to be so essential was so my family may become more financially stable.
My determination to succeed is my motivation makes me different in my family. Their lack of interest to further their education gives me that push to go forward. I always was driven to learn ever since I was a little girl. I excelled in everything that I set my mind to and education was one of them. I know the value and importance of having a good college education and how it will affect my future.
Returning to School A year ago I never would have imagined that I would be back in school. It was something I had wanted to do, but I had continued putting it off. It was never the right time, or I could not figure out how to manage everything, or even how I was going to pay for it. Lately, I have been going through a lot of personal changes that has made me also want to better my place in life. Deciding to continue my education, I felt, was the best way to do this.
I wanted to obtain my degree to be somebody that my kids could look up to. I wanted to lead by example, we often don’t realize that showing our kids its possible and telling them makes a big difference. I want them to see that as a mom I was capable of doing it and balancing work, school and caring for them and obtaining a degree is possible. Wanting a career and not a job was always possible but the difference in the two was that I needed a college education. Obtain my degree would allow me to achieve my goals in life.
This quote caught my attention because as a child who grew up with an absent father, I felt this essay really got to the heart of the problem that many children faces now a day. I was lucky in knowing my father's decision not to have anything to do with me growing up was because he resented paying support. I wish I could believe parents left for altruistic reasons, but I think those are just excuses. If they really feared screwing up their kids they could take classes, they could learn to be parents, take anger management classes. Simply, they cannot be arsed to bother.
I come from a family of loving, hardworking people, and I saw the struggle and determination of making it through everyday life. I have always been pushed to do my best. When I was younger I resented it, but now I understand the purpose of getting a good educational foundation. A college education will open doors that would not otherwise be available to me. In the future, I want to be able to decide on a career, as opposed to just getting a job.
Like most high school seniors, I felt I knew everything I needed to pass by life. The thought of college very rarely crossed my mind so after high school all I was thinking of was all I need to do now is find a job. I quickly found out finding a job isn’t as easy as everyone who tells you. When I did think of college, I kept telling myself “I think I should take a few years off from school to find work.” Boy was that the worse idea I ever had, and now I wish I could take it all back. Unlike most high school students I didn’t attend a normal class, I felt the teacher was going too slowly at times and there was never any stress from other Students.
Coming from a big family I have seen certain family members struggle in life simply because they did not have an educational background. This has only motivated me to want to finish getting my degree so I can hopefully find a great career in the near future. Going through everything I did with my family in the past will benefit me as I begin this degree program also because when I finish I hope I will have inspired other members in my family to finish school also. Being African American has set me back in life a few times but every since I experienced that it has only made me more determined to finish school. This way, the next time I apply for a job they will be too impressed with my educational background to turn me
My mother and father raised me to have respect for myself and everyone that I come into contact with. My high school career is where I began to grow into my own separate from my parents. The jobs that I held helped me to know what I did and did not want to do with my life. While I may not have loved every minute of my life I would not change any of it, because the mistakes that I have made and the things that I have done have taught me certain things about myself that I my otherwise not have learned. My family is a normal loving dysfunctional family.