Returning to School

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Returning to School
Candy Griggs
ENG 121 English Composition I
Prof. Matthew Bamberg
November 1, 2012

Returning to school was a big decision for me, although it was a rather hasty one. I have wanted to return for many years to seek an actual degree; however I just didn’t have the motivation. Being turned down for a promotion gave me the motivation I needed. There are obstacles and lifestyle changes for anyone returning to school. The issue is how you handle them and looking toward the benefits of finishing school. Obstacles and lifestyle changes are hard to make when returning to school, but the benefits are so rewarding. I went to a local state college for a year and a half straight out of high school. It was not very successful for me. I was young, had a new baby, and had no idea what I wanted to do. I have returned to school twice since my first attempt and earned two certificates. I have wanted to return for many years now to pursue an actual degree, but I just didn’t have anything to motivate me. I was very secure in my Head Start career and did not have a need for a degree. For my position my certificates were all I needed. I was happy in my position and had no desire to do anything different, until a supervisor position came available. I was already second in charge, and acting supervisor in the supervisors’ absence. I assumed there would be no issue for me being promoted to this position. A lady, outside the agency, and myself were the only ones that applied for the position. I just knew I had the job. I had been with the Head Start for five years and was the candidate with the most experience. I was also an internal applicant which makes a huge difference in Head Start. After two long interviews I was told that I did not get the promotion. The other applicant did not have the experience, but she had the education. I was devastated. I had the real life experience of the position, but she had a four year degree. That’s when I made a life changing...
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