Why I Returned to School

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“Don’t listen to her on anything; she’s too stupid to make any decisions!” This was the announcement my husband made about me while closing our pizza shop one night last summer. I made a choice in scheduling he did not agree with and he was furious. Proving my worth to myself, not him, became my focus when he made that statement. How could I validate my worth, to me? The first step I took was to leave my husband. Then, figure out how to be self-sufficient. After much consideration and meditation, I decided on three main things. First, I rekindled my faith in God and, after a ten-year gap, started attending meetings at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Second, I set to work finding a job. Third, I decided to go back to school. It is this third resolution that I will focus on in this paper. I will explain why going back to school is enjoyable, what challenges I face incorporating school into my life and how it gives me the validation I need. My mother decided to homeschool me; I am the first in my family to pursue higher education. This makes taking on this pursuit somewhat scary. Even so, I love learning. Because of this love of learning, I am still enjoying the process even though I am apprehensive and intimidated. Albert Einstein said, "Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death." Enjoying this ‘intellectual growth’ is an important part of a fulfilling life. To put it simply, “Learning is what gives life meaning and purpose.” (Mary Alexander, 2010) Amid my trepidation, I am experiencing excitement and fulfillment. Overall, going back to school is a very positive and enjoyable undertaking. Challenges, struggles, obstacles…whatever we call them they can undermine the best-laid plans. The most intrusive difficulty I face daily should be controllable with time management. However, that is not a simple task. I

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