Do not withdraw from classes because you think you have found a job good enough to make a living. The reason being, is that if/when you lose that job then you will have nothing to fall back on to fix things. Getting another job will be difficult and will be a paycut. Finish and do well in your classes, so you can get your degree and live without the stress of what might happen.
Dear Jeffrey, unfortunately you married your high school sweetheart right after you graduated and you did not understand the full implications of that choice. But fortunately you did listen to your elders advice about how easier it is to enter the Federal Service while overseas. You took advantage of establishing your career while your military spouse was assigned in Germany. Your decision to enter the Federal workforce in your early twenties laid a great foundation for your career. You were able to build your career and also made the good decision to obtain your Associates Degree with Honors during your divorce process. The Federal Government also paid for you to obtain your Bachelors Degree. So you obtained two degrees with no student loans. My advice to you as a high school senior is trust your decisions for your education and your professional career because you are driven and determined. But please do not get married until you are in your thirties. Take the time to know yourself and your values so you make a good decision for your life partner.
If I could go back in time, I would have told my high school self to attend a different college. At the time, I picked my current college for all the wrong reasons. I did not realize that the college was so non-social. I have made minimal friends and if I would have went to a different college I could have had the normal college experience most kids experience. I am very thankful for all the oppurtunities given to me by going to my current college, but just wished I had choosen something different. Back in high school I was deciding whether I should go to a college and live in a dorm and I now wish I could have told myself that that is what I wanted to do.
I have made a lot of friends and learned a lot in my past year and a half of college life. Being around other hard working students has made me want to push myself harder to reach my goals and graduate. I hope my experience and degree will help me find a good job when I graduate and choose to go to post-graduate school.
I have gotten self-confidence and reassurance of myself from attending college. I have received the acknowledgement that I needed to verify that I can do it. If I apply myself to the situation, I can overcome any circumstance. I was insecure about myself before starting college, and I believed that I was worthless. College has proven to me that I am not any of these things, that I can do anything that I put my mind to. Therefore, this summer, I am looking into attending college abroad in Australia. This will prove to myself that I can do anything, plus it will give me the self-confidence that I need to pursue new ventures.
Out of my college experience, I have gotten a decent education and a deeper desire to continue my education. I learned a good deal outside of books and I conducted research in areas that I never forseen myself. This experience had its ups and downs but overall it was a decent experience. The education I got at the school was valuable because it prepared me in certain areas for me to be successful. I also made friends and developed relationships with certain teachers that have to potential to be life long bonds. These people keep me motivated and inspired to acheive and do great things in my life.
Millsaps College is a jewel in liberal arts education especially when one considers its location and the city's past. Located in the deep south where people are generally conservative, Millsaps offers an educational haven for students from surrounding states. The college also receives a relatively large number of international students considering the low enrollment, approximately 1100. The professors at Millsaps are truly engaging and have won numerous awards in their respective fields. It is very easy to find them after class, or even after office hours during which they can be quite accommodating. Millsaps was not my first choice but I knew I wanted to go to a liberal arts school. Sometimes, I regret my decision, but there are times when I am talking to my friends from other universities that make me realize how much I have learned over the past two and a half years. It's valueable because I have learned so much from other disciplines, yet at the same time I feel well versed on subject material in my majors. A broad cirriculum with a specialized focus, that's a Millsaps College experience.
So far, I've gotten alot out of my college experience. I've only been attending my online classes for a month or so now, but I've learned so much in just that short time in all of my classes. It's been valuable to attend because for me, personally, I want to be able to get a good education and take care of my son and help him make the right decisions in life when he gets older.
I would go back in time and tell myself that it is time for me to have an attitude of willingness to learn. I first started college thinking I knew it all, but with time and the teachings of my professors, I have learned a new prospective on life. I have a different attitude that will get me further than I would have otherwise. I have become a better person the hard way. If I knew then what I know now, I would be way ahead of where I am now. However, I believe things happen for a reason, and college has taught more than what I could have ever dreamed. I have learned to be humble in my work and if I do that, it will work for itself.
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