Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Coming Down the Homestretch to Graduation.....

     So who else is ready to graduate? I hear ya. I've heard many stories of students doing the 5-year plan or even 6-year plan in some cases. Thankfully for me, This will only take me 4 1/2 years...for my first degree.

     I started my journey back in the Spring of 2007. It was a crazy adventure to even think about. I had recently turned 33 years old and was looking for some type of higher education and had the opportunity to pursue it. What complicates the journey however, is I am also a husband and Father of two children (at the time, three now!) but I still took the plunge.

     I was a high school dropout, but not because I couldn't handle it. More because I was bored and chose to screw off instead. So starting a huge commitment like college was a huge leap of faith. I honestly would not have done it if it weren't for my wife taking the plunge at WVU at the same time. We have attended this past 4 years together and will graduate within months of each other; her this May and me this summer.

     She was just accepted into Graduate School here at WVU and I plan on applying for Grad school here in the next couple of months. I'm so proud of us both and can't believe it's been four years already. On one hand it's hard to remember life before college, but on the other it feels like yesterday we started this journey. The toughest first four years is down. Get that one piece of paper out of the way encouraging us to work harder for the next piece of paper. I recommend Grad school to everyone. You've already done four years. What's two more, when you're enhancing your value for the rest of your life?!

It's a no-brainer for me because I've been in the "real world" workforce for over a decade. I've sold cars. I've worked in a Casino. I've worked construction jobs. I was good enough to make a career out of any of those jobs. But I wanted more. You will too, unless you take the steps now (while you're young) to make yourself a valuable asset and a leader. Good luck and never regret these years. Don't wish you did more, do more now.