Monday, October 29, 2018

My College Journey

Let's start this story with the fact that yes, it did take 8 years for me to get my Bachelors degree, and no it wasn't part time. With that being said I did change my mind about what I wanted to do a couple times. In order for this to make sense, lets travel back to a time around 8 years ago when I was graduating high school. It was the time of Rhianna ad Eminem collabs, Simon Cowell leaving American Idol (Do people still watch that show?), and the Angry Bird boom. Okay are you there with me? If you need to take a second to refresh your memory its okay, click here for a flashback (let's talk about how I realized the people in the video are Dominic Monaghan and Megan Fox...)! Okay, now that we are on the same page, lets crack into it shall we.

My senior year of high school was as much exciting, because I knew I didn't have to be at that school any more, as it was traumatic. I wasn't treated very well in high school by my peers and was often made fun of. People bullied me daily and I always saw school as a place to get heckled and made fun of rather than a place to learn. Don't get me wrong I was in honors classes, but I still felt like I never really fit in anywhere. The one place that I really excelled and no one made fun of me, at least to my face anyway, was Spanish class. I felt like my teacher liked me, the people in my class where not really involved with the people that bullied me, and the language and concepts just came easy to me. I think for that reason, I attached myself to that subject and decided that I would apply to colleges that had a bachelors in Spanish. I wanted to be a Spanish teacher just like the one that I had my senior year.

I got into Salem State University in Salem, Massachusetts and declared my major as Spanish. I stayed with that for about a year and half and soon realized that I missed all the science classes and content that I had in high school. I always had done really well in Biology and other life science classes so I decided to change my major to Biology after a couple semesters. The guy that I had been dating at the time had moved away and was stationed in another area with the military and our relationship just didn't work anymore for a long list of reasons that we don't need to get into.

After breaking up with my boyfriend at the time, I went to a party with my roommate and met my now husband. Funnily enough he had just gotten out of the same branch of the military that my ex was in. We chatted for a while that night and then went our separate ways. The next day he found me on Facebook and the rest is history. We dated for a while, about a year and then we moved to Florida together because he wanted to go to school down there. I got into Stetson University and went there for about a year with a major in Biology.

This was the first time that I was really that far away from home, because Salem was only a town over from where I grew up and where my mom was living at the time. I ended up getting sick while we were in Florida and was in and out of the hospital for a couple months with a really bad reoccurring case of pneumonia. If you have ever had it you know it's horrible! This affected my school work and because of that I was going to loose my scholarship that I had to Stetson if I didn't bring my grades up. Without that scholarship, the school was just too expensive and I didn't have the same financial knowledge that I have now about what loans are and the like.

Anyways I decided to transfer again to a small private nursing school I was there for around a year and half before I realized that wasn't for me either. It takes a strong woman to wipe someone else's ass and give them care...Enough said thank your nurse next time your in the hospital...thats all I'm gonna say. Keep in mind the entire time I was in school full-time, I also maintain a part-time job in the beginning of about 30 hours and then the next 6 years was a full-time job! It was a lot to balance, but I just kept my head down and kept going. After my husband, my boyfriend at the time, finished school, we decided we wanted to move back to New England, New Hampshire to be exact.

When we got back to New Hampshire, I got in to the University of New Hampshire and declared my major in Nutrition with a focus in Dietetics. I attended UNH for two years and graduated this year with my Bachelors in Nutrition and Dietetics. I am still not sure what I want to do, but I am always open to new experiences and I think one day will find the job that makes my heart beat just a little faster. I guess the moral of this story at least for me is that its okay to not know what you want to do. Its okay to take time to get to know yourself better to figure out who you are and what you like. You should never feel like time is waisted if you learned something new. Every experience is valuable no matter how you see it at the time. Just remember your not alone, you can always ask for help, but don't forget who you are and what you want.

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