The Re-Education of Me

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One day while folding clothes, I saw a commercial sponsored by the President Barack Obama Ad Campaign that encouraged stay- at- home mothers and single mothers to go back to school to get their college degrees. President Obama is specifically assisting moms to go back to college by increasing federal stimulus monies as well as financial aid. Right then and there, I decided to go back to school to further my education and increase my chances of starting a career in the field I would be trained in. I wanted to be able to earn more than minimum wage in this already stressed job market. My decision to go back to school was not an easy decision. For the last seven years, I have been a stay- at- home mother and during that time I have often thought about going back to school and earning a degree. But, whenever the thought of going back to school crossed my mind I would feel as though I was neglecting my duties as a wife and mother. I also suffered from a paralyzing fear of failure that has always kept me from pursuing the possibilities of obtaining a higher education. After much prayer and discussion with my family, I finally made the decision to move forward with my plans to obtain a college education. Having had to work the majority of my adult life, I have always worked at jobs that only paid slightly higher than minimum wage because I did not have a college degree. I would always feel a pang of regret whenever I read a help wanted ad for a job that I knew I could do, but knew I would not get hired for because I did not have that all important piece of paper. I have always toyed with the idea of going back to school, but could never get past the fear of failing. I must admit I was never a good student in high school and ... ... middle of paper ... ...knew that once I completed this program and received my license from the State Board of Pharmacy, it would open the doors to many more opportunities for me and my family. In conclusion, I realized that my future depended on what I was willing and able, to make of it. I had to make the decision to put my fears behind me and move forward with the opportunities that would be available to me after I earned a college degree. I want to work in a career field that I went to school for and earned a degree for, not to just work at an everyday job, being overworked, under paid and unappreciated. I look forward to the day of graduation when I can be an encouragement to others experiencing these same issues and an inspiration to my children. Works Cited "Pharmacy Technicians." Occupational Outlook Handbook (2008): 1. Associates Programs Source. EBSCO. Web. 9 June 2010.
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