Thursday, February 19, 2015

They believed in me

"If you really want to do it, you do it. There are no excuses."
 ~ Bruce Nauman

There are always excuses for a teacher considering becoming a student once again after many years:

* I don't have the time.

* I'm not ready to go back to school.

* It's been too long since I've been a student.

* I have young kids.

* It's too much money.

* I would need a new computer.

* It would be a lot of work.

* I don't know what to expect.

                                        .......and the list goes on......

But three years ago I decided that I had enough of excuses, and I was ready for the challenge of earning my Master's Degree.

And once I made that decision, my family and friends were right there - to support me - and to believe in me.

They believed in me when I went back to school...fifteen years after graduating from college with my Bachelor's Degree.

They believed I had something within myself to monitor my own learning with online classes.

They believed I could handle the pressure, the paperwork, and the timelines.

It was a big step.

It was scary, challenging, and exciting all at once.

It involved research, papers, projects, and collaboration with others across the country.

It involved time away from my family and friends.

Late nights. Tired days.

Fifteen months straight, with only a 2-week Christmas break.

Why didn't I go back to school earlier?

Maybe it's because I needed the support of my family, friends, and colleagues as well as the maturity to be able to balance the many factors needed to accomplish this life-changing step.

And it was worth it.

Read more about this experience on a post I wrote from September 2014 ~ "A Big Accomplishment"

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing the pride you rightfully feel from this accomplishment. Any time that we rise to a challenge, and face it down, I believe we grow and transform. I appreciate you telling your story, but more so, the courage of your example. Bravo!