Taking time to look back… and forward

Reflections on my first semester of college

Now that I am near the end of my first semester, there is much I can reflect on. However, I will highlight here the important events of the semester that made me conscience as a student, mother and wife.

In the beginning, I had no direction as a student. But with much studying dedication and tenacity, I was able to finish the semester strong. Many times I wanted to give up and throw in the towel, but I am truly grateful that I did not because now I’m standing on the side of victory.

I have to give thanks to my husband for pushing me and believing in me when I felt discouraged. I’m also grateful to my instructor, who I’ll refer to as Mr. G. He kept assuring me that I will be fine. Last but not least, I want to thank Ms. Edmonds for talking with me and letting me know that while I may not be as young as the other students, I have life experience going for me and that’s just as important as starting college in my youth.

Reflecting on the beginning of the semester, I didn’t think I would make it this far. I was a little apprehensive about higher learning for myself, but not for our daughter. How amazing is that? I saw a brighter future for her than I did for myself. I was not sure if I would be able to meet the demands of the courses since I haven’t been in a classroom for more than thirty years. I’ve faced many challenges in my life, but this educational challenge is one of my most rewarding experiences. Having the opportunity to attend college at this age is empowering me to keep moving forward.

As I get ready to embark on my second semester, I feel more confident and have a ready mind to tackle the task at hand.

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