Returning to school has been a dream of mines since I graduated from high school. The different job opportunity and having a better income to support me and my family would make me so happy. Quitting my job of 14 years motivated me to return to school to earn a degree. I want to have a stable and good paying job so that I can save for my son’s college as well. Jobs are hard to find these days, especially when they are seeking a High School diploma or a College degree of some sort.
The pursuit of new found personal goals lead to the University of Phoenix where I will garner the skills, contacts and confidence to succeed in my chosen career. Pursuit of a Graduate Degree My mother always said that I have a hard time doing things that my heart was not into and she was right! I have attempted to begin my graduate degree three times in the past four years. I would go so far as to register, pay my bill in cash and even purchase my books. Then something would happen that would make me change my mind and withdraw.
As a single parent, I had to put my educational goals on the back burner to raising my family. I excelled in High School, which helped facilitate securing a position with a firm in which financially allowed me to keep a roof over our heads, clothes on our back and food on the table. While furthering my education was always in the back of my mind, I knew at that point and time in my life, it just wasn’t in the cards. Fast forward 25 years: my children are all grown up and with the exception of my 16 year old, they’re all self supporting and out on their own. I now have the opportunity to fulfill my mother’s desire for me to continue my education and reach that goal I made over 30 years ago.
It pays well,but there is no room for advancement in that department. I have submitted my resume for many positions. This year I’ve been rejected three times or passed over for someone with a degree. For a while I believed this is as far as i will get, but I refused to give up. I decided to go back to school and get a college education, I knew my work schedule would not permit me to go into an actual classroom so i opted for the next best, online college.
Having a nice home, frequent vacations and financial freedom is a wonderful persuasion for obtaining my degree. In closing college is important because I want to be a role model for my son. Liam is my strongest push to obtain this degree. When his friends ask him what his mommy does for a living he can proudly reply "she is an investigator." Brigham Young said once "You educate a man; you educate a man.
Strengths and Challenges Letter Dear Professor J. Campbell, I would like to take this time to share with you as my Professor my strengths and challenges so you will know something about this student. I have a couple of strengths and lots of challenges. I would like to keep it basic and right now my challenge is coming back to school. I don’t expect to be easy; as they always say” anything that comes easy to you, you never appreciate it”. I dropped out of school when I had my first child and I didn’t get my high school diploma until I had my 3th child.
From the beginning of my school career, my elders always stressed the importance of education. Throughout high school, I never understood why an education was so important, I often would goof off or not take my studies seriously. While most high school graduates are deciding where to go to college and what to study, I decided to focus on raising a family. When my youngest child turned three, I finally entered the workforce. This is when I realized how important a college education really was.
The Hopes I Have for College For the past four years of my high school career my teachers and family have been preaching to me about me attending college. And how I need to do better in school so I could receive scholarships in this and participate in that once I got accepted into a college. For everyone in high school it seemed that the ultimate goal for students was to get the hell up out of there and live the college life. So, like everyone else I made it my goal, not having a real reason of my own besides “to learn”. So no, I don’t know why I’m in college.
Obtaining a college degree is important to me because it would enable me have many opportunities to provide a secure future for my family. I have been unemployed for almost 3 years and all vacancies in the newspaper require at least a first degree. With all those college and university graduates these days it’s so competitive in the job market. Although a college education was emphasized all throughout my high school years the motivation wasn't there until I had a baby. I realized that I was no longer living for myself.
I see my friends getting good jobs and pursuing their education and I was a sixteen year old mother with nothing to look forward to. My life have change so much and my goal was to go back to school and complete my education. For the past three years my mother and brothers always encouraged me to continue where I left off. Finally one day I decided to reapply to a secondary school to complete in education. I try looking for a job first to take care of my daughter and pay for my finances but that wasn’t successful.