The decision to return to college to work toward my bachelor 's degree was not an easy one for me. As a mother of three, the loss of not just income, but time, has been substantial. The sacrifice has not been carried only by me, but by my entire family. In making the decision to return to school, I had to weigh the importance and value of a bachelor 's degree against the time and cost that it would require. After careful consideration, prayer, and many conversations with my family, I made the decision to return and attend Kennesaw State University.
The decision to go to school brought forth the decision for full time or part time. I chose to go full time to school and stay part time at work. Although these were stressful decisions and I have certainly had moments for feeling overwhelmed I know it will be a challenge that will ultimately provide a better career. The accomplishment of completing a degree will hopefully encourage more than just myself. I hope
Over the span of our marriage, Tom has accepted two (2) transfers. Once the boxes were unpacked, the furniture put in place and Tom had returned to work, it was clear that I needed something to fill in my days. There were times that I entertained the thought of going back to school to earn a diploma in a given field. However, the culmination of my life experience had not fully presented a clear choice for post secondary study. Additionally, it was my feeling, and echoed to some degree by Tom, that until Justin was fully launched in his career, any additional funds we were able to put away needed to be earmarked for Justin.
Not only would I be changing my major, I will be changing schools completely. I would have to go through gathering my transcripts, filling out admission applications, and the process of waiting for a decision once again. It wasn’t easy to come to terms with the reality of changing my major completely. It took a lot of thinking and was one of the hardest decisions I have had to make. I pondered for days and weeks about what my future had in store for me before realizing I needed to change my course of study.
As students, we have to attend both classes and field placement and it often becomes overwhelming. Receiving support from the program could possibly increase the likelihood of students graduating on time. I also would want the MSW department to become more organized and communicate better in order to facilitate the process for their students. For instance, students were required to change certain classes from their advancement to candidacy form, but we were never sent an email on how to do that. We have to figure it out by asking peers and it was frustrating because we did not know whether there was an actual deadline or who specifically needed to sign those
I am highly skilled at taking responsibility, but I lack the patience, and I plan to practice that by using others frame of reference of time. I have learned to master responsibility given multiple tasks of being a student, mother, and a wife. I learned to master responsibility after I had my first child in my first year of college. It was very difficult to be a mother, wife, and an honors student. I started procrastinating because I felt exhausted most of the time and I would not do homework.
I am currently going on my journey of pilgrimage right now in the form of getting my Graphic Design degree, then going out and getting a job. I am struggling to pass certain classes, as a student does, but there is on class in particular that I am having difficulties with. I have had to retake that class multiple times because it is a very challenging class for me. However, even once I have passed that class and graduated college, my pilgrimage is not over. I know the general field of which I wish to work in but I have no idea which job I specifically wish to aim for.
The infamous answer to the question, “What is your primary goal for going to school?” is “to further my education, get a job, and be successful” such a cliché if I must say myself. My goal attending school is to make my family happy, as well as myself. In high school, I did not apply myself like I should have done because I was not sure if college was in my favor. Also, being the child of a single parent wanting to attend college seemed impossible, especially far from home. In a family where no one has surpassed the first two years of college, I feel a spotlight is on me to not only finish, but also finish strong.
I would complete a couple hours of school work; at that moment I would be able to depart school and race to play outside. In elementary school students learn the concept of writing. The complexity of writing increased as the years of English classes pasted. For various people writing originates naturally for them, but for several writing stayed a difficult subject. The difficult experience that arose in my writing
During my undergraduate studies, my social work professors would always tell me that I needed to come up with a self care plan. My problem is that I always have a to do list and when I have accomplished everything on that list, I feel like there is still something else I can be doing. I have realized that this semester is going to be tiring because I have school, work and an internship. I know that I must come up with at least a few self care activities to help myself destress and relax. I have decided to create a self care plan that is not only realistic, but includes activities I will enjoy.
I faced and continue to face many different challenges in my daily life, those that every teenager faces, and also those that have been presented to me because of the kind of environment I placed myself in. It 's difficult trying to balance everything, it is for every young adult, but FUMA taught me to be disciplined and responsible, so I can overcome adversity and excel at what I do. Fork Union helped me learn to make the most of my time, and after some much needed thought, I decided to try applying for an after school job instead of competing athletically anymore. It was hard at first and I didn 't know if I could keep it up but I 've worked there for two years now, alongside my schools stressful five point grading scale and daily personal
“Students believe that intelligence is fixed, that each person has a certain amount and that’s that” (Dweck 107). I thought that it would be nearly impossible to pass. I soon came to the realization that to succeed one must fail and or adjust my habits. To be able to graduate and succeed in some kind of way I had to learn to have a growth mindset and work extremely hard and study for long hours to pass my final exam. Eventually, exam day came and I was confident in the work that I was about to exonerate.
These classes give substantial homework but with strategic time management, I find a way to cope with the large workflow. Being the editor of the yearbook and photographer for the school demonstrates my good work ethic. Being diligent about getting projects done before deadlines only prove my candidacy for this scholarship. My parents do make a considerable amount of money. However, I am awaiting admittance from my top school which has
High school was such a disquieting transition along with all of the new changes I’d be facing. New classmates, teachers, subjects, and responsibilities. I was now required to think twice before every move and concentrate on everything more adequately. All these changes made me begin to realize that I should learn more about my identity and do what makes me tranquil and content as a person.