My personal goal in life is to show my son that anything is possible and all you have to do is put your mind and heart into it. I want my son to understand that although I am a single parent and times may be hard, having a college a degree is very important. I do not want him going from dead end job to dead end job. My other personal goal is for me. I plan to open up my own day care in about ten years. I want to teach in public school for about five years. Those are the plans I have for myself. But if God points me in another direction, then I shall go that way. In this paper I will talk about my journey to returning to school.
Shortly after high school graduation I found that I was going to be blessed as a mother. In the fall I was going to start University of Wisconsin Parkside. Since I was due in February, I was only able to attend the first semester. During the first semester of school I was placed on bed rest to do complications. I fell behind in my school work, but was able to catch up with the help of my teachers. By summertime I decided to return to school and have my mom watch my son. It was a struggle, because I could not afford what I needed for school.
Three years ago, I started to think about going back to school, but I was afraid I would not be able to do it. I did not believe I could go back to school, work a full time job, and take care of my son. Two years later, I noticed that most of my friends had graduated from college, and it really made me want to complete my own education. Once I made up my mind that I wanted to continue my education, I took the first step by completing my CDA. Even though this certification helped me to move up in my current job, I knew it would not be enough to become a teacher in the public schools.
I had two reasons for not going back to school, time and money. Since I work full time I felt that if I went back to school, I... [continues]
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