Yesterday, a friend of mine was told it was time to apply for graduation for her associate’s degree. She was so happy I’m surprised she didn’t float away from jumping up and down with joy.
She would be considered a non-traditional student. She has worked hard – working full-time while going to school. Some mornings she is so tired she can hardly hold her head up, but she is doing all of this so she can be/do/work at something that requires a certain level of education.
I definitely was celebrating with her, not necessarily for earning the degree, but for having that “whatever it takes” attitude, setting a goal and achieving it.
I won’t lie. College attendance was an expectation for me – not an option. The money was not there, but I was going regardless of the obstacles. The other expectation put upon me was that I would become a teacher because one could always find work as a teacher while I waited to get married and graduate to stay at home motherhood.
None of those expectations were mine, but I set out to live up to them.
I had no idea what I wanted to do, but I was good at writing, so I pursued that and had no idea what job would materialize later to justify it. Turns out, through my liberal arts pursuits, I found I was good at a great many things and still they wanted me to choose ONE thing to be good at for the rest of my life.
Last night, I wrote the following after I’d given my college days some thought.
I do believe that college debt is a big deal and students should have a better idea of why they are going to college and what they are going to do with that degree before they attend – some may not need to attend right away or at all. That said, I believe college was so much more than a degree for me.
That said, I believe college was so much more than a degree for me. I pull knowledge from my English literature, writing, music business, and other courses often, but I pull from the life lessons, life choices, and life skills just as often or more.
I consider my degree one of my greatest accomplishments and because I have that under my belt, I know I can accomplish much more!