WEEK 1 JOURNAL
I can relate to Eddie's story. Bravo to his decision on going back to college and his journey. His past becomes of who he is today just like me. I already have an associate's degree, but I waited 14 years to go back to college for my bachelor's degree. Speaking of the associate's degree, my job doesn't relate to any of what I have learned like accounting stuff. I am just a machine operator, a single mother of three boys, and I am going through a divorce. Same things day in and day out, sticking to my comfort zone, I realized that I can't have anyone take care of me and the boys. I had to think what I want to do with the rest of my life.
I decided to go back to college by taking online courses. I don’t want to live paycheck to paycheck anymore. I don’t want to be running around operating machinery anymore. I don’t want to continue to have a dead-end job with no more advancement. I don’t want to work nights and weekends anymore. Going back to college will help me learn more, grow more, and figure myself out more. I have to stick to this plan with persistence and perseverance.
So far, I am doing okay even though this is the first week of my intentional learning. I learn every day without knowing it, but this is the first time in a very long time I “know” I am actually learning. I have to think really hard how to write this paper. It gets me overwhelmed and fidgeting because writing is my weakness, but it’s not going to stop me from finishing it. I know my papers will get better with time. My kids are my motivation and I just have that drive for a better journey.