Way back in the 90’s, after I graduated from high school, I went to college the first time. I was an “okay” student. I participated in class and turned in my assignments on time, mostly. I made good grades, but I never really succeeded because I was young, naïve, and socially dumb. There was so much else on my mind that just getting by in school was okay with me. Due to some circumstances beyond my control, I did not get to finish my senior year and get my degree. I had to work to help my family instead. I have never regretted leaving to help my mom and dad but, I have always regretted not trying harder and applying myself to learn more.
Now, nearly 20 years later, I was given the opportunity to go back to school thanks to my wonderful wife. As excited as I was to get a second chance to do better in school, I was worried because so many people say going back to school at a later age is so much harder. I could believe this because I know I have many more things to worry about now than I did at age 18. A new baby, a fifteen-year old step-daughter, bills, a mortgage. Life was way more complicated now than back then. However, I found that these things helped me more than they hindered me. I wanted to do better because of my poor performance the first time but I was driven to do better for my family. I wanted a better life for my family and I also wanted to hear them say they are proud of me.
I am nearly finished with my degree and I have had 4 straight semesters with a 4.0 and am on-track to finish this semester and my degree with a 4.0. This past summer I completed an internship that has led to a very rewarding job in my field of study. Having a family has made me be a better student and I am happy to do my best for them. My success is for them and because of them.