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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

It’s Never Too Late

No sooner had I washed the last Thanksgiving dinner plate I had to then begin research for two final term papers. I also had final exams in both “Religion in America” and “Art & Myth of the Classical World." Then there is the matter of a 100 question/response oral French exam. There is no way to fudge or guess on that.

It’s difficult when finals are approximately 3 weeks before Christmas. There are still gifts to be bought, cookies to bake, an entire house to decorate and a huge mountain of laundry to wash. It’s hard to read blogs that show holiday wonderland perfection while considering yourself lucky if you have on a clean pair of pants.

It is right about then that I pose a question for the 800th time… “Why am I in school?”

After all I am 45 years old.

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Lately school has been really difficult. The schoolwork in and of itself is just plain hard. But upper level university classes aren’t supposed to be easy. A recent meeting with my guidance counselor was also a big disappointment. I was hoping to graduate next year. But sadly, classes that I have previously taken are not being accepted by the university so that means I still have about 15 more classes to go. When you take just 3 classes a semester, so you can still be somewhat of a decent mother and wife, this makes for a slow go. 

Oh it would be so easy to give up. Many people, most much younger than me, already have.  Early in the semester trying to find a parking space was akin to winning the lottery ~almost impossible. But now I have my pick of spots.

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So why haven’t I given up?

Well there is the goal I made for myself when I was just 16. I want to do this. I need to do this. My dad never even finished high school, so some days I do it for him.

Then there are my kids. I want to set an example to never give up. To live each day trying to better yourself and use the knowledge to try and better the world.

I also do it for my readers. Yes, it’s true. If I learn something lovely I can’t help but want to share it with you.

I think deep down everyone wants to be just a bit immortal. Parenthood gives us that. But there is also often a need to prove that our time here on earth was not a waste, that it meant something.

There are few careers that provide immortality. But educators are almost guaranteed of it. Because if you are a good teacher and inspire your students there is a big chance that at least one of them will then pay the same knowledge forward.

To have a good teacher is priceless.  When a teacher engages and encourages a student it can set them on a positive path the rest of their lives. It is a true joy when a teacher is truly passionate about their subject. Their enthusiasm can be positively contagious to the class.

So just like that, the time that you spent was not wasted. To educate and be educated is truly a gift when knowledge is shared. 

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So tell me, what dream are you waiting on?

Laura

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13 comments :

Olympe said...

Bonjour,
Je suis française (et lis donc votre blog en anglais) Je vous félicite pour votre persévérance. Je connais votre chemin car il a été le même pour moi avec l'anglais.
Bon courage pour la suite !
Bien à vous,
Aurore

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

I know you can do it! You amaze me all the time Laura!!!!

Rita C. said...

Oh Laura, I can sooo relate to your situation regarding the journey in education, trying to be a good mom, wife, and individual! It sounds cliche, but the journey really is part of what makes the arrival seem so much better. Now, if they'd just quit putting the road blocks and speed bumps of additional classes in the way! I swear, I think that's part of their strategic plan for styaing in business - happened to me too. But NOW (hopefully) you can enjoy your time off, and I hope Mr. Decor will be joining you for the holiday!

GSGreatEscaper said...

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops. Henry Adams.

Thank you for speaking up for teachers; lately, it seems that teaching has become the most dangerous job in the US. Teachers love good students, too, and you are a good one! Best of luck in your papers and exams.

ImagiMeri said...

Sometimes I wonder why you try so hard when you're already one of the most amazing people I've had the honor to know. Then I realize it's because we have a lot in common and I can't just stop learning and then not share what I've learned. We're kindred spirits in so many ways, and I adore you for it. Never lose your passion to learn pretty lady, and never lose your drive to better yourself. Your children adore you, admire you, and learn so much from you......I know this, because I've talked to them...;o)

Love ya'
Meri

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

You just amaze me with all that you do. I think it is fabulous that you are continuing your education. Bravo for you. Can't wait to see you on Sunday. Hugs, Marty

Vel Criste said...

You are a real inspiration to us all Laura and hence, I admire you not just as a blogger but as person as well. I am so happy your furthering your education and personal growth thru more schooling and irregardless of wether you graduate on time or not, or not finish with honors, what matters is that you LEARN thru this experience. I know your legacy will live on. CHEERS!

Kristín Ketilsdóttir said...

Great Laura! you are diligent and creative woman. Likes to read about hard working people like you. ♥ Kristin K.

Linda said...

I have no dreams right now and I'm not sure why. I mean, I have the normal things - to see my daughter happy in life, the hope of someday having grandchildren.... but no real dreams for myself right now. I'm just sort of drifting.

Yet, your post struck a chord in me another way - teachers. God bless them. One of my daughter's dearest teachers is in the midst of a life trial right now and could use prayer. There are always those people out there - even when you're doing good - that want to bring you down.

Love, Linda

Karena Albert said...

Laura you are so inspiring and your endeavors remind me that we all have the same # of hours in the day...it is how we use them. You use them in an extraordinary way!
xoxo
Karena
The Arts by Karena

Lorrie said...

Laura, as someone who has walked this road, I applaud your perseverance. You CAN do this. You WILL do this. One course at a time. One assignment at a time. It's worth it in the end.

nonie everythingsewing said...

Laura, you are such an inspiration. You asked what dream are you waiting on--I think my dream that I am waiting on would be just being what they call a blogger. OK, it sounds funny as I write it, but I love the connection you get with other people through writing and sharing what you write. Maybe I will take a tip from you and just do it, the followers will come in time, I won't be talking to myself forever and even if I am well, so be it.

Custom Comforts said...

Sending you encouragement for your continued studies. I went to college at the age of 54 for the first time. I work for the Ohio State University and as an employee, they pay for your tuition. My daughter was starting college at the same time and they paid for half of her tuition. It was fun to go for the four years she was in school. It was harder than I ever imagined. It would have taken me to retirement age to get a degree since we were only allowed to take 2 classes a quarter and I usually just took 1. But all in all, I enjoyed most all of it and learned so much. Have no desire to go back since it consumed all of my not at work hours, but I love having met the challenge and expanded myself. I never considered myself very smart, but I finished my 4 years with a 4.0 GPA. It was rewarding in many ways. So understand what you're going through and proud of you at the same time. Keep up the good work and make sure you pamper yourself at times so you don't burn out.
Cindy