RUNNINGHEAD: Developmental Returning to School Tammy Lovitt ENG121 Instructor Raymond Nowak November 19, 2010 Introduction My paper describes how I wanted to go back to school. In this paper it allows for a chance to understand the obstacles that I had to overcome to return to school. Then I will explain how I came to the conclusion of when to return to school. From hard times and how it has changed my life and the life of my family. How I ended up in the investments of my academics to allow me to make the correct path on how and when to return to school. Thesis Statement Obtaining my GED and making the decision on returning back to school.
Reaching your goals in life and never giving up. Believing in myself to always push forward and never give up. You are never too old to return back to school. Setting a inspiring example for your children. No mountain is too high to climb as long as you have the right tools to climb. Returning to School As a child growing up I have always wanted to become a teacher. When I reached adulthood I had to return to school to get my GED. While I was attending school to get my GED I married and started a family. I graduated from GED school and was offered a job in the school district as a paraprofessional.
I was working at the school, being a mother and a wife so I had very little time for myself. My life was very hectic with working for the school, taking my children to their Cub Scout meetings, band practice, and performing my duties as a wife and mother. My husband worked two jobs to help make ends meet. He had very little time to help me with the children. During this time I thought about going back to school but, there was no time for me to fit school into my busy schedule. Several years later I went through a divorce which took a toll on the children and me.
I eventually had to work two jobs to make ends meet. This was another barrier standing in my way of returning to school. I continued to work for the school district and sonic. During the day when I was finished working at the school before I went to work at sonic I studied what I needed to do to become a teacher. I knew it was going to take me several years to return to school. No matter what I had to do I was going to find a way to return to school and reach my long-term goal. Years later I found myself engaged to a wonderful man that supported my decision to return to school.
The only thing I had to do was to wait until my children were older and they didn’t require most of my time. When the children started getting older and were gone most of the time I started to get bored. I was noticing that I had a lot of extra time on my hands so I decided it was time to return to school. After I made the decision to return to school I sat down with my family and told them. My family was excited about my decision to return to school and said that they supported me one hundred percent. Finally I was ready to return to school and then I started to get scared because of my age.
Was I really going to go back to school at my age? That question was always on my mind until I said, “it is never too late to return to school. ” Returning to school has always been a long-term goal for me and I was going to follow through. I knew that going back to school was going to be a struggle but, I was looking forward to the battle. So I started to check around at different schools to see which one was the best suited for me and my goals. With my schedule and family life online school was the best college suited for me. Time management was of the utter most importance to me.
While my children were growing up I have always taught them to go after what they wanted in life and to never let anything or anyone stand in their way. I have always preached to my children that education was important. My children know from watching me that no matter how hard things get to never give up on your goals or yourself. Always have the courage to go after the things that are important to you. Never cut yourself short about the things you do in life. Never let anyone tell you that you are too old to return to school. I believe everyone should take the opportunity to follow their goals in life.
Receive a higher paying job. As long as you believe in yourself others will believe in you. You will accomplish anything that you set out to do in life. No mountain is too high to climb as long as you have the right tools to climb it. I have really enjoyed my courses, classmates, and instructors so far and I look forward to each and every assignment. I have learned new things with each assignment and feedback from classmates as well as instructors. We are never too old to learn new and exciting ways of teaching or learning. I know I have learned new techniques to try and learn my materials for each course.
This is overall the best decision that I have made in life and I am happy that I followed through with my decision to return to school. My friends are ecstatic about my returning back to school. They said that I have inspired them to make some changes in their own lives. To witness middle aged adults on returning to school. They have also inquired about the steps on taking to enroll in school. I also feel sense there is a great demand on college backgrounds for some jobs I have made the correct decision. Returning back to school was hard at first but as the weeks go on the courses are more familiar to me.
I am learning new techniques in learning. I have also learned that everyone has a different learning style. Some people have more than one learning style. You can never learn enough in life. In returning back to school you have the opportunity to meet new people. I glimpse back and ask myself the question, “why did I wait so long to return back to school. ” Being able to recognize my overall achievements is a great honor for me. I am delighted with my decisions thus far in life. I hope that I am an inspiration for my children and all middle aged adults. Never question your ability to overcome life’s obstacles.
Have pride in yourself and the decisions you make. Having a great support system is an important key in making decisions in life. Overall I am delighted with my experience so far on returning back to school. This decision has had an enormous impact on my life. I have had some people make some ghastly remarks about me returning back to school. Learning how to ignore the terrible remarks has made me a better person. I am excited each day to sign into my class and see what topic we are working on. I look forward to all the feedback whether it is positive or negative.