As a child, the “American Dream” must have skipped over my house. According to my parents, having an education meant the completion of school and receiving a diploma. Perhaps the dream of going to college was not in the cards for me, however; it was doing nothing more than what one had to do. This was the way of life. Doing what one had to do to get by is what I was taught by my single mother and that is what I continued to do. When I became a mother I thought to myself, how will I be able to lead my daughter into a better life with an education when all I know is the struggle of barely getting by? There were not many great examples for me to follow growing up, but I have realized that it is not too late to set some for my daughter. Despite the fact that I gave up in high school, I finally realized how important an education is in life, and I will give education my all in college.
The only thing that was ever expected out of me was to get my high school diploma. I accomplished this, but not with the attitude or mindset that I should have had. I never had a problem with learning until high school and that was because I did not care to learn. No one else seemed to care as well. Basically, I gave up on my education. I passed most of my classes, but I failed a few. I did not care as long as I had what I needed to graduate. I failed my first class during freshman year. I began the year trying, but then I started to fail. At that point, I just gave up. The failure was due to not doing my homework assignments and playing in class. My first three years of high school consisted of nothing but socializing, doodling, and sleeping. All of the slacking caught up to me when it was time to pick up our final report cards. I had the big word detained written in red across it. I started to panic when I thought I was not going to be able to graduate with my class. The next year I returned as a graduating junior. I would be able to walk across the stage with my class if I passed all of my classes that year. I joked about failing and never took it serious. This was until I got my ranking and GPA. I had a 1.8 GPA, and I was graduating 282 out of 300. There were only 18 people out of 300 that did worse than I did which made me feel stupid. I felt stupid because I knew that I could have done a lot better. I never knew how much those short years could impact my life so much.
Education is essential in society for a number of reasons. Firstly, education is important for developing skills for employment and living. If we did not have basic education, it would severely impact on society. Subsequently, it is possible that society could break down due to the absence, or poor quality of communication and basic skills. The World is dependent upon communication, which is ...
After high school, I had a slight interest in going to college, but it did not happen. I never knew what it took to go, and I had no one around to help me. I did not have people around me with a college career. Instead of getting an education, I got a job where decent money came easy along with shorter hours. I was happy and content. I did not realize how important an education was until I had a baby. The first time I saw her I knew that I wanted her to have the best life possible. The life that I led for myself was not the life that I wanted for her. The only way I could make her life better was to make mine better. I knew I had to do something if I ever wanted to be more than a servant begging for nickels and dimes. The change adds up and is more than enough to get us by; however, there is no stability or guarantee in waitressing. The daily routine of trying to please individuals that acted as if I was slime on the wall was good enough for me but not enough for my daughter. I did not want to be judged for this lifestyle and I do not want her judge because of what her mother does. The only other decision I had to make was what I wanted to do and if I was prepared for it.
A big decision in my life was that I actually wanted to go to college. I knew before going in that it would be a long hard journey. I would actually have to work and put forth a lot of effort to be able to get through it. I would have to care and that was an emotion that I never felt towards education. I wanted to go all the way and not give up. I wanted to be more than what is expected especially considering my past. I could not take on college like other typical full time student because I still had bills to be paid and a toddler to care for. I took only four classes to ensure that I would not get overwhelmed and would not just give up. Beginners English and Algebra was simple. Health was also easy, but it was very time consuming with busy work. I wanted to give up many times in Human Growth and Development, but I worked extra hard which paid off. I started to enjoy the challenges. I was doing great, making nothing but A’s, and doing all of my work. I cried the first time I got a B on an assignment. I put in so much time and effort that I felt like I should not settle for anything but an A. When my report card came, I celebrated! I had a 4.0 average and I did not give up. I have become obsessed with making good grades. I knew that the better I did, the better my life would be, and the better our life would be.
I never realised how important time is until I started university. Getting the best out of you studies in university is forgoing one thing for another. (opportunity cost). When I first started university I was working full time. As time went by I realised that I just could not cope, so I decided to work part-time while studying. I can now cope better with my school work load and can produce a ...
In conclusion, I was always made out to be someone who never amounted into anything. I was a young single mother that had nothing going for myself. I lost sight of what was important in high school, but I still have college to make up for it. The fact that I did not have the path laid out for me does not mean I cannot become something better. It is my goal to become something better to ensure that my daughter will have a successful path to follow.