My Role Model In Life

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Pick up laundry, check. Go grocery shopping, check. Pick up mom’s prescriptions, check. Go back to college, check. What!?! At this time of my life, going back to school was not exactly at the top of my “To Do” list. My husband, Don, always said I could go farther with my career, I’m smarter than I give myself credit for, and I was selling myself short. He was the stand-out, initial motivator for me. Initially, I thought he was being nice and complimenting because he felt he had to. It wasn’t until Don and I engaged in a serious conversation about college over lunch one day. We weren’t talking about our youngest son who is preparing to embark on college this fall, but discussing me going back to school. No matter what downside I presented…show more content…
Being a good role model for my children is an outstanding achievement and my second continued motivator. I’m currently 52 years old. No matter what I do or how hard I try to fight it, someday I will be 58 years old. I have the choice of celebrating my 58th birthday, or celebrate 58 years with a degree in my hand. I prefer the latter. I have yet to reach that time in my life where I think I’ve learned everything, and I hope I never do. I want more, do more, and learn more. I’m hopeful by demonstrating to my children that you can set out to accomplish anything, will give them the confidence to step outside their comfort zone, take every opportunity to learn, and never settled. Unfortunately, there are a number of naysayers who don’t understand the benefit of earning a degree. Comments range from “that’s…nice”, “do you think you can do it?”, “6 years is too long to get a degree”, “what will you do with a degree at 58?”, and the best one, they say nothing at all. Those people wouldn’t qualify as motivators, however, doubting comments and skepticism will keep me working hard towards my…show more content…
What I mean is there was a “who” and a “what” that got me where I am and will keep me focused. The plan is something I have to create to fit me because, at the end of the day, the motivation has to come from me. My motivational plan is not some grand, elaborate, ground breaking theory. How well I am doing in a course is a considerable motivator for me. As long as my grades are where they need to be, my assignments meet all expectations, and my schedule for completing upcoming assignments is on track I can stay motivated. It’s unrealistic to think I will never have issues with assignments, schedules, or grades. I do have a plan to address those times. Depending upon where I’m experiencing concerns, I can access the writing center, tutors, learning community, and reach out to my advisor and professor. A key point is to recognize problems early on so I can address it and get back on
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