I still need to decide what I am going to do when I grow up! The original plan of course, was Occupational Therapy. Because I have so much education in science & psychology, I would like to do something in the medical/health care field. Similarly, since I have so much experience in being a patient of the medical system, I am interested in some sort of patient advocacy as well. Maybe I should teach--sharing knowledge with others seems very natural to me. I have also seriously considered library science.
The first step was to see if I could manage college work at this point in my life. I literally cried the first day of class, because it was a dream I thought had died long ago. I could see God's hand in every step that prepared me for that day, and it was an overwhelming blessing! I proved to myself in the spring that not only can I manage college work, but I thrive in that environment just as I did before. I took my first Spanish class because I wanted to learn Spanish. I am taking the second part because I want to understand the language better. Now, I contemplate taking the second year to become more fluent. What good is that? Well, I might be able to do some tutoring if I become knowledgeable enough. Plus, any knowledge of another language--especially Spanish, here in Texas, is a great plus to have on a resume.
So, I start to think about what I might study to finish that elusive bachelor's degree. Since I am required to take a computer literacy course, (ahem...they did not require that way back when I was still in college!) I started thinking about what an asset it would be to have formal computer training when seeking a job. Put the two together, bi-lingual and computer knowledge, sounds like a great option right now.
As I creep along with my college education, I am trying to be open to what God's plan is for me. All along, I believe I was doing what I was supposed to do. The first two years I spent in college away from home were building blocks to who I am today, both academically and personally. My time in OT school equipped me with valuable knowledge and skill to face life's challenges. The 16 years I stayed home to raise my son gave me experiences I will never be able to duplicate, and an appreciation for volunteering my time to help others.
Now, as my son fills his own schedule with activities, I am able to work on my longing for a higher education. Several of my friends are doing the same, whether returning to school, or starting for the first time. We have become what some young college students despise: the non-traditional student who does their assignments, asks questions in class, does well on exams and projects, and understand the importance of attending class regularly. We know the value of an education, both monetarily and personally.
As great as that sounds, I was ready to give up on myself earlier this semester. I felt so lost and started doubting my ability to learn a new language. I started questioning why I was even trying to reach that lofty goal of a bachelor's, and possible master's degree.
Recently, I was inducted to Phi Theta Kappa, which is an international honor society for two year colleges.
I was also invited into the Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. These two honors reminded me that I worked very hard to achieve where I am at academically. That gives me more confidence as I prepare for more college courses and search for potential career choices.
Where do I go from here? I plan to take Spanish again in the spring, and possibly take that computer class in the summer. After that, I have no idea! I do know that I want to finish my bachelor's degree online as quickly as possible, so I can move on to a master's in something I really want to do....what ever that happens to be at that time!