My Decision to Enroll in College

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My decision to enroll in college has been one that I have been pondering for the last three decades. During my last year of high school, I met a friend who was surprised that was not planning on enrolling at the local community college. As I've matured and joined the United States Marine Corps, I had an opportunity to start my college journey. Surprisingly, that was in 1978. From 1978 to 2009 my journey took me to my midpoint and I received my Associates Degree. The thrill of receiving that Associates degree motivated me to start on my undergraduate journey. There were several reasons why I decided to start this journey in addition to the thrill and it ranges from making new friends, preparing for new career, learn new skills, and most importantly to increase my knowledge. That is why I decided to enroll at American Military University in pursuit of my undergraduate degree in Emergency Management (EM) and Preparedness. Let’s address why I am attending college: I am attending college to validate and increase my understanding of emergency management and emergency preparedness. When I decided to start my journey, I had to select a major. It only seemed natural that I should select a degree in EM. The last 22 years of my Marine Corps career I worked in a career field closely aligned with the principles of saving lives, preventing human suffering, and mitigating grave property damage. Having a degree in EM will improve my understanding of the human dynamics associated with emergency management. I also recognized that having a degree will position me for assignments or employment opportunities of greater responsibility. It also must be noted that a college education is quite expensive, but as a military veteran of a nation tha... ... middle of paper ... ...llocate time to stay healthy both physically and mentally. As we progress in our studies we need to always be on the lookout for obstacles. One technique that is used is to be observant and realized that task saturation is inevitable. If task saturation has been identified then acting decisively and early is critical. As a student, it may mean asking for an extension or withdrawing from a course. Seeking guidance on how to establish proper time management techniques is critical for working adults pursuing a degree while moving up the corporate ladder. As we start on our journey towards the day that we get to walk the line, if we occasionally review and rewrite what we penned today and reflect on the desire to increase our knowledge to learn new skills, start new career, or to make friends, the journey may not seem as arduous as it may appears right now.

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