Ok well I am only 26 but in just one short month I will be 27 and entering my third semester of college. If you’re wondering if this is the first degree/program I have taken it is not. This will be my fourth program that I have taken, yes I am indecisive, yes I have had multiple jobs and yes I like school.
When I finished high school at 17 I was so eager to move out of my families home and go to college that I looked up a few programs at schools an hour or more away from the town I grew up in and just chose one. Which may not have been my best decision I’ve ever made.
I decided at 17 to go to school for cosmetic management, which when I saw it online I was like that sounds like fun! But I should have thought wow that sounds expensive and like something I won’t be interested in 5 years from now. Don’t get me wrong doing makeup and management in a retail setting could be someones idea of a dream job but not mine. This program was easy, fun, far from home and I got to play with makeup. However it was not challenging for me and I knew it wasn’t what I wanted to do forever once I had finished.
From doing cosmetic management… not so much. However I am an expert in all things makeup if thats your question.
Needless to say I worked in the cosmetic industry and retail management for the next 4 years and decided that I needed to try something new. Something challenging. So when I turned 23 I went back to school for the second time for something completely different, pre health sciences. This program prepared me to enter a bachelors degree in science and nursing which was the next direction I thought that I wanted to take. But hey guess what one year of pre health sciences and one year of my bachelors degree in nursing I decided that that was defiantly not what I wanted to do. I seriously commend anyone that it is a registered nurse, not only is it a hard degree but it is a tough job. So kudos to all of you!
So fast forward 3 years later after a failed attempt at becoming a nurse, working as a retail manager, moving to multiple cities and moving on with my life. At 25 I decided to go back to school… one last time. Currently I am enrolled in occupational therapy assistant/physiotherapy assistant program. I am now in my third semester, 4 months of in class school and 4 months of placement and I will graduate, I will be done! This time for good!! This program has been challenging, exciting and I cannot wait to be done and start my career in this field and develop my skills.
I want to encourage anyone who is nervous or scared to go back to school because of their age and just go for it! If you’re not happy in your current standing, change it. If you’re not happy with you’re career, change it. If you want to go back to school and go after that job you’ve always wanted, do it! It will motivate you, encourage you and help you decide the path you want to take. You know why because you can change any time, we can change our lives at any time. We are our own creators, do what makes you happy!
So 8 more months of school for me and I will be done. This time for good… I hope!