I decided at that moment that I would return to school and graduate with my bachelor?s degree. I made a promise to myself that I would finish my education. If I complete my education, I would make my parents proud of me. Plus, I want to be the first person on either side of my family to attend graduate school. Adults return to college primarily because they desire a higher paying career or a professional job. This could be a registered nurse, an elementary school teacher, a policeman or an attorney. It could also be an accountant, a journalist, a librarian, an interior decorator or a beautician (Smith, 2001). After being on the road for three years, I decided to check into returning to college at the University of Delaware and the University of Pennsylvania. Both universities informed me that I would have to retake my first two years that I had completed at Chattanooga State. I would have to commit for another four to six years of college. I did not have the time to do this. I wanted to be finished with my bachelor?s degree within two years if possible. So, later, when they realize that their choices are limited, their futures sealed or semi-gelled, they decide that school is where they need to be (Smith, 2001). I had made arrangements for an apartment before I had moved, so all I had to do was wait for the moving van to bring my furniture in. I went looking for a job and found a position with the Veterans Affairs. While I was unpacking and settling in, I filled out and submitted my paper work for UTC.
After a few weeks, I received a response from UTC stating that I was accepted and could start fall semester. I was so excited about finishing my education. My major was Healthcare Administration. Older women -- those in their mid-20s and older -- returning to college make up better than half of the evening enrollments in area colleges. Nontraditional students are usually in their mid-20s to mid-40s, enrolling part time vs. full time. They generally attend evening classes and have jobs and family obligations to balance with their studies (Richards, 1999).
During the meeting with my advisor, I was advised that I would take an extra ten to fifteen classes before I could graduate. I was looking at the catalog at the course I could take and the advisor told me to take my freshman classes first before getting into major classes. I went ahead and signed up for history, composition, and psychology. I could only maintain a fulltime status but I could not. I ended up with only nine hours. At this time, I was beginning to become depressed because I knew that I would not be able to finish college in two to three years. ''More women are returning to college,'' Richards said. ''They have career opportunities that didn't exist 20 years ago when they graduated from high school and they didn't then consider going to college. If someone delays higher education, it's usually a woman that does it.'' Most of the incoming nontraditional students have a clear idea of where they want to go and what they want to focus on (Richards, 1999). Fall semester ended and I had maintained a B average. I went ahead and signed up for spring semester, which included history II, math, and one class in my major. After attending college for a couple of weeks, I decided to drop my math class and class in my major. I was becoming very unhappy with UTC. I looked ahead to see what I could take for summer session and there was only one class I could take. How could I finish with a class schedule like this? Difference of Classroom Setting ? past vs. present
An individual man or woman who decided that they wouldn?t let their decisions, circumstances, fear or situation stops them from obtaining their dreams. This is something to be proud of and to encourage. Throughout life people are faced with a variety of hurdles. How they choose to overcome these hurdles determines whether they become successful or not, it would be nice if there...