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Never Give Up!

Share Your Story: How Did You Know You Were Ready to Go Back to School?

By Diane Madrid

How I knew I was ready.

Well, truthfully, I have known what I wanted to be 'when I grew up', since I was 12. Well, life happened, so I did a dance and a hop around Texas. I had to divorce the person that was stopping me. So, great! I'm a single mom. I got financial aid, was home when the kids were home. Kool! B.A.Psy

Where I found help.

The internet and various counseling offices within the college. I returned to college when everything was on a computer! How awesome!!! It seemed easier to me.

My advice for others.

If you want to go back, go back! You will be soooo happy and your kids will see that mom's got a brain and she's consistent and finishes what she starts.

Don't let anyone or anything get in your way.

What I Did:

Well, I went back when my kids were 8 and 10. It was great. I needed 'quiet time' to study, so my baby girl opened the door and whispered, 'Mommie, can I ask you something if I whisper? My cue to go outside and play.

I did get financial aid. My grades could have been better, but nothing nor no one can take my degree away.

How I Did It:

Be consistent, persistent, persevere. If you drop a class or two, it's ok. If you have to quit school for a while, that's ok. If you register and you can't go, that's ok. If you do this consistently, you will be recognized as the student that wants it bad!! As my daughter said, mom is 'the little engine that could'.

Go for it! You will be tired, you will have kid emergencies. You will forget an important essay test. You, like I did, write an essay about raising kids and going to school, and the professor will give you another chance since he liked the presentation.

And, get your master's!! That's my next step. But first, I've got to take care of a few road blocks. Trust me. I'll get there.

Oh, yeah, my oldest daughter has a master's degree in Industrial Psy!!! Yayyyy!

Lessons Learned

  • Never give up
  • Do your best
  • Be honest
  • Live, laugh, love and be happy!
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