It has occurred to me that their are certain aspects of returning to school that are different the second time around. Returning to school for a second time, hasn’t been easy and at first, wasn’t even my choice, but after some time trying to work my way up in the world I realized, I needed a different education if I wanted to get to where I wanted to be in life. This of course, led me right back into college, but what I didn’t realize was how different I was and how different I would see college this second time around. I have found differences, and occasionally the regret that I didn’t take advantage of all the services the college had to offer me when I went the first time around. I even wish I had joined more activities and groups, although to be fair, I made plenty of my own memories the first time around and have no regrets in the friendships I made along the way.
What I didn’t expect were things like Plantar Fasciitis, taking their toll on my poor tired feet, while walking around campus. That I am much slower now then I was when I was 17 years old and starting college the first time around. Heck I thought I was in decent shape, but I don’t compare with a teenager. I need to plan accordingly to get around the campus in time to each of my classes and just remind myself what a great job I am doing getting in all these steps for the day!
What I didn’t expect was the both the ease of the classes, and similarly the difficulty of some. The first time around, I didn’t really work hard to pass my classes, I just worked as hard as I needed to, being a young foolish student. Now that I am actually trying, it surprises me when I find some classes to be so easy and some of course to be difficult. It is like truly learning my strengths and weaknesses for the first time.
My goals I realize are a bit lofty at this point, but working towards my writing degree, I know that I am in the right place. It’s going to take some time to realize the worth of all this hard work, but I know it’s out there…waiting for me. My future is calling, and I am coming to answer it!