I always wonder why I seem to leak learning things. The answer to that was known two people learn the same and it is up to you to process the information and get the help you need. My dream was to return back to school and get my degree, short term goal that I know that I can achieve. When you are a single mother there shouldn’t be any limits to the things you need to achieve in life. Don’t wait go back to school you are never too old to return to school.
Once I remembered my dream and put things into perspective, I registered for my “remedial” classes. After the pity party was over I remembered that dream when I was a child. After I started going to my classes, I started to plan towards that dream I once had as a child. I then made that dream my goal and I knew form that moment on that I would follow that plan all the way to law school. “How good you are in the beginning does not measure how great you can become.” There really is an enormous amount of truth behind this statement.
And the number one answer I could think of right off the back was to make that money. Nowadays, student around my age only think about going to college in order to be successful finically, not just for an education. Although some choose to learn far beyond the classroom, many students fail to take the time to go into deeper thinking to figure things out for themselves. I believe education is a tool that a person obtains through many years of development and learning, and will be continuously employed throughout the duration of their lives. Growing up, my mom pretty much told me that if I was not joining the military then I was for sure going to college.
Returning Back to School I graduated back in 1984. While I was in high school, I had never thought about college because I was lead to believe that for me to go to college I had to have scholarships. So I decided that I will have to make do on what I can do for myself. Well back in 2000, a friend asked me why I haven’t decided to go back to school. She told me that I should seriously consider to think about what I can accomplish for myself and my children by returning back to school for a better career, so we talked about what possible careers that is good for me.
One of the reasons I have had to postpone going back to school was that I wanted to be with my kids as much as possible. They all are in school now, and I have more time to devote to studying and doing homework. One of my personal short-term goals is that I want my three kids to see me graduating from college. When I graduated from nursing school, I only had my first daughter Arlette who was only a baby. I have all three of them with me now, and they are old enough to understand how important going to school is.
Then I read the part of Welty’s story where Phoenix has to cross the creek and she said “Now comes the trial”. (Welty, A Worn Path, 1941) For me, the trial in my journey will be actually sending our girls to school. Sure it’s fun to talk about, but actually switching from being with my girls every waking hour to having them gone eight hours a day will be a huge adjustment and I imagine, a very hard thing to do. Yet just as Phoenix crossed the creek to continue her journey, so I will get through my trial to keep on. What I have come to realize from this though, is that is isn’t the destination that is so important.
Her friends are so important plus she will be going to school and cheering. I just knew in my heart when she left, that would be it. Her friends and school would take precedence over me. She is a teenager after all. It was after one in the morning and I could barely keep my eyes open.
I went to school and I can remember being so anxious to get out of school to achieve this goal that long awaited me, but the school day seemed endless. While I was there I figured that I should make the most of it, so I had fun telling everyone that I was going to take my test that day. I went up to people that I didn’t even know saying “guess what,” they of course would say “what,” like any normal person would, so then I would yell “ I’m going to take my driver’s test today!” Most of them said “I hope you don’t fail,” and the others said “congrats.” Doing this still didn’t help the time aspect of the day. I couldn’t even focus in any of my classes. I felt like a crazy person because I sat there talking to myself like I had another personality or something.
All about Me Jennifer Webb COLL 100 I026 Fall 11 American Public University Eleanor Hewitt My name is Jennifer Webb and I am going to write an essay about why I decided to go back to school. I got tired trying to found a decent job, I wanted my daughters to follow in myself steps and go to college. I learned that most jobs are looking for some kind of college degree. I have been out of school for awhile and so I was a little nervous but after getting started I feel more comfortable with going to school. I want my daughters to always know that you can never get to old to learn new things.
Each time we would think about returning we would figure out another reason not to. We had become the courage we prayed for as children, the story we would tell our unborn baby’s, and the reason every thriving American cringes in the morning. We had learned to survive on our own, or at least we liked to believe we did. Our journey looking for ourselves, and finding a way to better survive, lasted close to 365 days. 365 days, of growing up that should have taken years.