I am getting ready to start school again to get a degree so I can further my career goals. I am tired of going to work and not feeling fulfilled. I really want to go to work every day and feel very proud of what I do for a living. I want other people to respect me for my career choice and I want to feel like I am doing something meaningful with my life. These are just some of the reasons why I am very excited to go back to school to get a degree.
I am excited to get an education because I know that I will be able to get a really good job after I get a degree. I will not have to always work in a cubicle. I can have my own office or even start my own company. I do not want to feel like my career path is limited. I want to feel like I can continually move forward in my life and in my career position and salary. I want to wake up every morning feeling happy to start the day. I want to love my career and not dread going to a job that has very little to offer me.
I also want to have a career where I have a business card and maybe even my name on the outside of the door. I would love to even have my own assistant or secretary to help me with my messages and administrative tasks. I want a career that offers annual bonuses, paid vacation time, benefits, and more. I want a job that really appreciates the talents I bring to the table and treats me well. I want a career that my friends and family respect.
I am also excited to go back to school because it is an opportunity to meet new people and enrich my mind. Having a full time job makes it tougher to meet new people, but going back to school is a great way of meeting a bunch of new like-minded people. Who knows, maybe I will meet someone who would like to start a business together or even a new love interest! I am just realizing that going back to school will benefit my life in more ways than one. Sky is truly the limit. I never want to limit myself. I know I am capable of accomplishing and achieving great things.
Getting a degree takes a great deal of work and discipline, but I am ready for it. I know that the end result will be worth it. I know that getting a better career and better salary will improve my happiness in all aspects of my life. I will be less stressed out to pay my bills. I will have more money to be able to do the things I really want to do with my life. I will no longer be limited by a paycheck that does not pay me what I am truly worth.
I have decided to take that leap and go back to school. I have been mulling over the idea for some time now and can honestly say I am excited about the idea of being able to earn my degree and make something of myself and my future. After years of working in jobs that only manage to help me scrape by on a lousy income I realized that the only way I was going to get out into the world and actually have a career was to get back to school. So here I am finding myself in a new chapter of my life. I am starting today like it is the first day of the rest of my life. I know that it is going to take a lot of hard work, dedication, and possibly some sleepless nights studying but I am perfectly okay with that. I am ready for the opportunity to better myself and actually accomplish something that will help secure a better future for both myself and my family. Once I earn that degree I will be able to kiss those dead end jobs goodbye and welcome with open arms the ability to finally be in a career that actually affords me a better future. A wise person once told me the key to my future was knowledge and knowledge is what will help open doors that are otherwise closed. I did not realize how right he was until I found myself struggling day in and day out just to make ends meet. Going back to school to earn a degree is going to help me gain the knowledge I need to open those doors so that I can actually say I am happy with what I do to earn a living.
Receiving my degree as I walked across the stage of my graduation ceremony was an exciting, fulfilling and proud moment for me, my family but especially my parents. We had all worked hard to get me to that point in my life, but most of all it was me that put in the most effort. Naturally, as a student you have to extend yourself to achieve that biggest of goals in your academic life; your degree.
As a high school student, academics came rather easily to me. I was used to the regimentation of doing homework. Sometimes I finished my homework in class if time allowed but normally, it was day in and day out of going to school, coming home and doing my homework. Going to college changed that kind of automated response. There was a freedom of being on my own and choosing to do what I wanted to do first. Social activities were numerous and I had to learn how to balance them with my studies. Those same studies required a lot more of my energy and effort, making me dig a little deeper into myself to acquire the grades that I knew I needed to satisfy my professors, my parents and me.
Along my journey to a degree, there were many professors, teaching assistants (TA),and academic counselors that encouraged and guided me to reach my goal. I shed quite a few tears along the way, believe me. There were long nights, many “all nighters” spent with a coke and pizza that I was immersed in a ‘sea’ of material to study for a quiz or a final. There were subjects like chemistry and physics that I didn’t like and they didn’t seem to like me either. I was able to forge ahead with the help of the aforementioned personnel to encourage me. Also, having friends with me doing the same thing was all the more inspiring to get the work done.
As the years passed and I watched my older friends graduate and leave for their journey in the work world, I was more inspired to accomplish the same. Not only was that an inspiration, but my academic work in the social service field became more of a mission. I saw how there were people out there that actually needed help in the field that I was studying for. I knew that I could make a difference, that my hard work had a purpose. It was not the cliché that I’d heard about for years, it was actually reality.
Finally, after four years of having my mind and character shaped by this world of academia, I was ready to graduate. Trust me, you will not be the same person you were when you entered that ‘arena’. Although I was so ready to leave that campus, I felt nostalgic and grateful for what I had accomplished. There is something empowering about receiving that “sheepskin”. I’d recommend the journey, to find out about who you can become.
I hated my job! With a big fat H. I was very unhappy with the long hours and very little pay. No I’m not lazy , and yes I did apply for the position, however, I really dislike doing tedious repetitive stuff. . Day in. Day out. It makes my day so long and boring, Almost as if I’m living to work, instead of working to live happily. So after being fussed out and sworn at by a sweet older little lady that insisted that her water was fine and she didn’t need my awesomely expensive state -of-the-art filtration system. As she screamed her water wasn’t contaminated by toxic chemicals, and how her family has survived generations on that water, and to never call her again or she would hunt me down like a deer during the depression, I decided I needed to do something different. Now! No more robot jobs. No more being just another employee number. No more may I help you, and have a nice day,when my own day was falling down faster than a plumbers pants. I needed a new start. But what? So after fighting with myself and endless resumes to jobs who only wanted certified people. I gave up. Get ready school because here I come!!!
There were a lot of concerns getting back into school. I wasn’t sure if I had time or the money it takes to do it. After I enrolled I was mad at myself because I couldn’t believe how easy it was to get back on track and enrolled as a new student. Stepping back into the education world has been an amazing experience. To say the least. I have met some great people and mentors who are helping me to grow to my fullest potential. I get plenty of hands on experience and already have a few offers lined up as soon as I graduate. It’s amazing how we convince ourselves that we are unable to do things. This had been more fun than anything else. I never could’ve made a better decision. I guess with working all the time I just got so consumed in the cycle of my ,”Job” that I forgot about my own happiness. I am most excited about the money I will be making very soon. I am long overdue for a nice vacation. Just me the ocean the sun and big check.
If I had a crystal ball and could’ve seen my future I would’ve continued my education a long time ago. I never thought I would be “that girl”. You know. The one who always said would’ve ,could’ve ,should’ve. I know now that my education is the most important thing in my life. Without certification I will always be living to work. I can’t live my life doing jobs that I can barely pay rent. Going back to school has changed my life. I don’t now what I was afraid of, but I am glad I overcame them. Education is the key!