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.
Achieving Academic Excellence (EN110) Writing Assessment 5_06 November 23, 2013 “Why college education is important to me” "Nelson Mandela once said "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world". This statement is more significant today because of the difficult times we are facing. At this stage in my life a college degree is the only thing that can help me to get a change. It’s becoming harder to find a well paying job that enables one to support their family. A College education means that my daughter will have a good example to follow.
I never really thought school was important. I was always taught that if you wanted it work for it, and then i lost my job and lost everything. School was looking like a must now for me to get back on my feet and for my family. So what do you do when you have everything taken from you in the blink of an eye? You fight back and make the proper steps needed to push forward.
In my very first year of college at Morehead State University, every time I would get a moment to think to myself I’d find that only troubles were waiting to reappear. I would constantly do things to try and keep my mind occupied. As if I could consciously distract myself. Needless to say, I wasn’t happy. I ran into the first these problems shortly after I graduated from high school.
Why college is important to me By: Monae Rivera Why college is important to me well there are a lot of ways for me to be able to answer that question. For starters my family was the kind of family that always made sure my education was always my main priority. They always pushed me to work harder in everything I would in life I always had plenty of help from teachers, tutors and family members .They wanted to see me be the first member in my family to graduate from college and if that isn’t enough motivation to make college my number one priority then im not sure what else is Now that I am in college I feel very proud of myself for at least getting this far in my life I will be the first person in my family to finish college and if that isn’t enough motivation for college to be important to me I’m not sure what else it would be. When I was high school I always wonder why college would important to me would it be to get a education or to start a new chapter in my life or to meet different people. One thing I never thought about was how hard it would be or how hard it is to balance my life and school work at the same time which I am still trying to get a hang of but I think im doing a pretty good job at it so far.
Since having no college degree, I knew that good jobs would be hard to find. I decided it was time for me to make a life changing decision. I started with returning to college to earn my degree. Even though returning to college will be a life changing experience for me. Returning to school has been a dream of mines since I graduated from high school.
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.
Here I am today almost ten years later after dropping out pursing a college degree. I have learned from life experiences that a diploma can get you but so far. College is my key to making something of my life. Finding better opportunities through having an education that I never thought I would be cut out for after my high school experience. The college experience opens all types of doors in your mind and in the world.
Although many people have told me that the best times of your life are spent in college, I knew I would still miss my friends from high school as we moved on to the next chapter in our lives. Having to move away from home for the first time was going to be the toughest part for me. I had never been away from home for a long period of time. I was suddenly overcome with fear. The feeling of fear began a couple of days after, as I started to think about my future.
It is a prerequisite to what I want to do with my life. I always wanted to be a music teacher, preferably middle school students. I know that without a diploma from an accredited college, I will not be able to get into a decent graduate school and I won't be able to get any form of a decent job other than something in a cubicle and that's not where I see my life going in 10 years. Studies show that students that attend college immediately after college find more secure jobs than those that delay going to school (www.getdegrees.com). As someone looking at a job in a field that is ever changing with the economy, knowing that a college degree that I earn 4 short years after graduation from high school, it is very enticing.