I’m questioning my education
Is my education who I am now?
So… this past Friday I became a college graduate. Granted it’s been almost 14 years since my last day of high school and this being my third college that I’ve had the honor of attending; I will have something to show my long days and tired afternoons. This journey has been one of many nights where I didn’t think I would make it to the finish, and actually took quite a few years off while I found my direction.
I had the great fortune to marry Kate, who, being an educator by trade, was more than supportive of my going back to school. I think what really helped me go back was something she said when I was trying to decide if school was the right choice for me. I knew I needed more education to get ahead or open up additional career options, but I was stuck. Then she said it…
“So to school for something you enjoy. It doesn’t have to be for what your job is right now; just because your job is sales now doesn’t mean that is what you have to choose. You like computers and technology, why not pick that?”
And there you have it…it’s like a light switch had been flipped and I knew what I wanted to go to school for… and in the fall of 2008, I applied and registered for classes to start my new path towards a CS degree in Network Administration.
While you’re deciding, I’ve been finding
Looking around in the here and now.
And then it happened… In the fall of 2009, I was let go from my place of employment and I wasn’t anywhere close to finishing my degree. I had only been going to school part-time, a class or two per semester, whatever my schedule or budget could handle and now I was in serious trouble with finding a way to cover tuition, books and the whole lot. Not to mention that without a degree finding new employment was going to be a serious challenge, especially in today’s job market.
I met with my adviser. I wanted to know what my options were for financial aid since it was the middle of the semester, I had a pile of classes to finish and I knew I needed to keep 1st shift hours available so I could still continue the job search. While reviewing my transcript, he noticed that, while being on the path to a Network Admin degree, I was only 10 or so credits away from finishing an Associates in Liberal Arts… so the path took a little turn. Now, instead of taking computer courses and following a set path, I had new pressures to finish that degree as quickly as I could…
I’m questioning my education
Rewind and what does it show?
And with great pride, I can say I’m a college graduate. I made the Dean’s list a few times, managed to maintain a 3.9 GPA since going back to school. Of course, now that I have the one degree down, class starts up again on tomorrow (Monday) and the path regains its original direction… hopefully in a couple more years, I’ll have another degree to hang on my office wall someday.
Could be, the truth it becomes you
I’m a seed, wondering why it grows
* lyrics from the song Education by Pearl Jam, composer: Vedder