Featured #1Story Author: Stephanie is a 38 year old single mother living in Texas and just made the decision to go back to school.
Watching my own children mature into young adults made me realize that I need to do something more with my life. I was so focused on the things that I didn't have. Looking forward and not backwards by fulfilling long term goals has to start somewhere. So I took this step to go to school and work.
Show my children that education has no age limit
Even though I am 38; the brain never stops learning. We learn new things every day. Why not learn something that interest me and can help me to not only help others; but help myself as well. There are people older than me who are going to school and graduating, which is also a motivation for me.
My oldest daughter was administratively discharged from her college because I couldn't afford to pay the tuition that was needed. She is currently not in school, but I want to show her along with her 3 siblings that as long as there is breathe and a will to progress in your heart and mind, with God anything is possible.
To get a job that pays more than minimum wage
Today's job market has proven that even with a degree it's hard to find employment. With the high demands of our spoiled society and greed of corporations trying to make money while saving money computers are taking the place of people. I feel going back to school will make me a better candidate for higher paying jobs to live comfortably (financially) as I should.
To find out how and why I think on different levels
I have recently been hospitalized with allergic reactions to my mood stabilizing medication. I want a better understanding of how the brain works (especially mine). I'm not going to school to be a doctor, but to simply study Psychology.
Occupying my time by exercising by brain in a long-term productive manner.
Sitting around watching television and surfing the web are not productive ways to spend time unless it's a job. Technology has made it so easy for people to be more unproductive than useful. Let's use the phone book for example...and this is just my personal opinion, nothing that I have researched or learned from statistics—just by observation. When someone needs to search for a phone number or business, the first place (even in a domicile environment) we turn to is Google. The FREE paperback phone book is there with all the local information, but we all would rather "google" the answer than to pick up a book. Nowadays even books are tech friendly.
Though there are negative aspects to technology there are also positive ones, such as me going back to school strictly online. With the demands of being a parent and a productive member of society it's hard to find time to sit in a classroom that will probably be filled with teens freshly graduated from high-school and more people that I can stand to be around at any given time. My decision to go to an online school not only eliminates that, but also gives me the opportunity to pace my schooling and add more balance to my life.
From Pragmatic Pastor
One of our countries greatest strengths is our diversity. We don’t all have the same experiences or perspectives. With the #1Story Posts I want to share the perspectives of everyday people who are taking important life changing steps in their lives. Read and be encouraged, enlighten, and challenged as you read 1 Story from someone else.
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