Four and a half years ago (read more: About Me), my previous attempt at a college education was interrupted by extenuating personal circumstances that prevented me from completing my educational goals.
During those past trial years, I made a personal decision to lead a more active and health conscious lifestyle. Although most of my time was spent learning and discovering new things about myself, it turned out that I also discovered a passion for sharing the valuable information I was attaining with my friends and loved ones as well. As I spent more time in the fitness center I began to truly appreciate the support I was receiving from others; assisting me with exercises, giving me tips, sharing their success stories, and just making warm general conversation that made me feel more at ease and confident. As I became more knowledgeable and confident, I found myself taking more time to help people who were taking their first steps, just as I once had.
Since then, I have had the time to reevaluate what type of education, and ultimately life, I want to pursue. After much encouragement, knowledge, guidance and reassurance over the last couple of years I’ve decided to give it another shot. These collective experiences have propelled me to share my journey, be compassionate, and pursue an education in the field of Physical Education with an Emphasis in Health Promotion.
As you may have read in my Let’s Play Ketchup! post, this past October I spent some time looking into different colleges. This step was the furthest I had taken in the last four years to further my education. I had finally opened the door that I had once closed-temporarily. You see, I promised myself then that I would not be part of that statistic out there that represented “The Dropouts”.
I didn’t know when, but someday I knew that I would be reopening that door again.
I finally filled out the applications, and I can say that the last four months have been extremely stressful for me waiting for an answer. It’s hard for me to feel like I deserve to be accepted after so many failures in more than one aspect of my life.
A list of the Stress Posts:
More than one person in the last month, especially Nate, has engraved the serenity prayer into my brain:
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. –Reinhold Nieguhr
Before continuing, I need to make a special shout out and thank Nate for being there cheering me on and being supportive
I don’t think I may have made it through the first steps without him pushing me further each and everyday.
So with all further due respect:
On Tuesday I got the ticket to my future-
Back to school I go this fall! Determined to make the difference this time around has completely gotten me to where I need to be. Time to focus on how I’m going to balance it all and maintain the momentum I have.
More on my thoughts about I know there’s more to college than just a Certificate of Admission.
I didn’t want to make my 2012 NYR (New Years Resolution) list without knowing this further ahead of time.
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Look for my NYR List to come!