If you would have asked me 5 years ago where would I see myself in the next 5 years, I would not have known the answer to that question. I definitely would not have said that I believe that I would be on my way to receiving my degree in Behavioral and Addiction Counseling, yet this is where I am, and I am proud to share the joy of the experience with you. This is what this site is about, and it helps to encourage others to find their calling.
No more excuses
I want to give back to society, what was given to me and that is the chance to improve my life, my career and increase my income. I feel that if I can get through this, than anyone can. It’s not only me either. You will read about others’ personal experiences that inspired me to accomplish everything that I have over the last 5 years. I will share with you what encouraged me to complete my education.
I would use the same excuses that maybe running through your head, such as I can’t afford it, I’m too old or I don’t have the time to go back to school. Finally, I sat back and realized yes I can do this. There are so many scholarships and grants, that will help you pay for school. I began applying for them one after another and took out a small student loan so that I could take a step in the right direction. Before you know it, that obstacle was taken down.
Then I asked myself, ” How can I keep my job and go to school?” That answer was easy. I was able to find a mixture of online courses as well as classroom courses. I can take the classes anytime I would like, since there is so much flexibility with choosing courses. I was able to find the time, with being a single mom, working and my kids having extracurricular activities to finish my degree.
Don’t give up
Now don’t get me wrong, I did struggle throughout my academic career, but I never gave up hope. The benefit about taking online courses, is that I was able to finish my degree at my own pace. I will share with you various experiences of others that were just like myself, and how they took this journey to achieve such an accomplishment. You will discover that you are not alone, that there are other individuals just like you and I, and you will see the words of encouragement that I received and why I feel blessed.
I created this page to encourage and motivate others, such as yourself, that you can do this. I was one of the oldest ones in my classes, yet that did not discourage me. In fact, it felt remarkable to be able to sit in a classroom, and offer something to the rest of the class. I was able to show to the rest of the class that anyone can achieve their goals, and no matter what, you should not give up.