The kids are grown, now what?: Going Back to School

Monday, November 26, 2012

Going Back to School

College in Chicago

I was born in Philadelphia. I honestly thought I would live there the rest of my life and go to Tyler Art School. I thought wrong! A few months before my 13th birthday my mother moved us to Chicago. That's when I knew I would be going to college in Chicago.

You know what they say about best laid plans? Yeah, I took a side trip. I was shipped off to a boarding school in western Massachusetts, I ran away from their. I got pregnant. I dropped out of school. When my daughter was 2 I started taking night classes to get my GED. That was one of the hardest things I had done to date. Leaving the house to take GED classes. I know I have told you this before, I suffer from agoraphobia. I hadn't left the house in a long time except when I absolutely had to. It was extremely frightening. Want to know how I did it? I pretended to be someone else. I pretended to be someone who was outgoing, smart, funny and a bit obnoxious. It saved my life!

Taking night classes to get my GED changed my life. It made me love learning. I wanted to continue going to school but that would take a divorce, another marriage and 2 more kids!

Going to college when you have young children and a husband that doesn't really like to stay employed is difficult but it can be done. I started attending a community college just outside of Chicago and I was loving every minute of it. I found out that I didn't have to pretend to be smart because I really am smart! I found out that it's ok to correct the teacher when they present incorrect information. I found other adults that were returning to school just like me and made some great friends. The best part of college for me was the academic team. I joined the Knowledge Bowl team and our team was unbeatable! It was the best time I ever had. I studied to become a Respiratory Therapist and found the strength and knowledge that I could raise my kids on my own. Education can change your life.


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