I did something

I did it. I completed a goal. I finally finished my Associates in Arts degree. It took me 5 years. I’m sure this doesn’t sound like a big deal since the majority of my generation already has bachelors and masters degrees. Which that’s great.

I went to community college out of high school, I had no idea what I wanted to do but I was severely afraid of ever going to a 4-year university. How could I make it? I was the worst at reading and writing (that’s what I told myself) and big colleges made you read multiple books and write long papers. I could never do that (I told myself). After going two years to the community college I was tired of it, I wanted to work with my hands and learn a trade skill. Construction. I wanted to learn how to build a home. So I found Americorps and worked at Habitat for Humanity for two years and ended up working as a staff member as a construction supervisor. But I still had that Associates degree to finish up. I didn’t want to waste all that previous effort and not complete what I started. So I signed up, having only three classes left to complete.

I was afraid of how I’d do, working 40 hours a week and taking three classes seemed like a lot. I had one more big hurdle to jump. English 112. The first time I took it I made an “F”, I had to pass it to get my degree. I had to be super responsible with my time and had to stay on top of all my assignments. I would come home from work and sit down at my computer till 10 pm, chipping away at my school work. The grind was actually fun. And I don’t want it to stop.

This isn’t the end of my goals, there’s so much higher goals that I have to achieve. I’m really happy with how I’ve progressed so far, and it’s given me hope for the future. A hope that I didn’t even know existed before.