Then I realized that I could still help children even if it wasn't in daycare. This new mindset gave me hope and a reason for being again!
I started to research financial aid, different schools, different majors that I would be suitable for me, and ultimately choose SUNY Empire State College. I went into their Community and Human Services program specializing in Children and Family Services. I thought this would be the best way to continue to help children, and perhaps, I would be able to help more children.
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I started school in May of 2007 and my first semester I took 16 credits. The next semester I applied to be able to take more credits and I was able to take 20 credits that semester and the next. I enjoyed the online school environment and I was thriving. I was able to go on vacations, sleep in, and do my classes in the time-frame that I wanted to do them.
My last day of school things were a little hairy. I was on a road trip and I had to complete my last paper, I had completed a few of them previously on this trip. My dad was a little panicky when he found out I still hadn't submitted it and we were smack in middle of Wyoming. I bought a car AC plug thinger and typed away while Mom and Dad were driving. Dad was a little happier at this point knowing I was working on it. It started to snow, there was a sign that the roads were closed ahead on Interstate 80, and I was happy! I could finish my paper in the comfort of a hotel room during a May 2nd snowstorm! My books were strewn across the back seat when we got to the hotel... I only had 2 more pages to go. I went into the hotel, finished my paper, uploaded it without any problems, and celebrated with a pizza!
By the time I got to New York many of my grades were available and I just had to wait for a few more. I was hoping and praying that my papers that I did on vacation were as good as the ones I did in the comfort of my own home. I was elated when the last grade had come in. I had finished all 56 credits with a 4.0 average!! This was all I needed for my Bachelor's Degree.
It is possible to go back to school as an adult. Some people would thrive in a traditional classroom as a non-traditional student. Others would do better in an online setting where they can set their own hours at their own pace.
Now, I am unemployed again due to relocation and another knee surgery. I know that I will be able to get a job and am thankful that I had the opportunity to earn my Bachelor's Degree as an adult. Maybe someday I will have the opportunity to return and get a Master's Degree, but for now, I will continue to look for a job and hope for something that will allow me to help the children in the community!