EN1100.64 Achieving Academic Excellence
Writing Assessment 5 06
"Why college education is important to me."
At 51 years old I decided to pursue a college degree to enhance my resume initially but ultimately to remove limitations.
I have worked in the Accounting field for about 20 years, for a variety of small family owned businesses in the construction industry. I enjoyed the accounting field, Accounts Receivables explicitly challenged me, and I was good at it. Working predominately at for small family owned businesses that have both benefits and challenges, for me the benefits accommodated my life. While raising children as a single Mother the “family ...view middle of the document...
I had been raised by a single Mom. I had both endured and enjoyed growing up with eight brothers and sisters. I survived a toxic 11-year marriage and a tumultuous divorce. I raised three beautiful young men (now self-sufficient, productive parts of society). I became a Grandmother to an awesome little boy. I found the man of my dreams re-married and have enjoyed a comfortable, secure life with him for now 15 years. A college degree had been on my “to do list” however it was something I had never accomplished. Whether due to financial obstacles, raising children and just the busyness of life a college degree was something just put aside. Throughout my life I had never experienced or felt “limited” the thought was not only foreign to me, it was very unsettling.
I had not seriously approached the idea of going back to school to receive my degree, until now. In experiencing the "perfect storm" for me, seeing the effects of sexism in the workplace and the word “limited” that had now inserted itself in my life I was called to act. My natural approach to life kicked into gear; figure it out, get a plan together, FIX THIS. I began to assess my ability to obtain a college degree; I thought my children were now grown, educated, and self-sufficient. I could now financially comfortably afford the expense of college. Done, enroll in college and obtain my degree! However, I
found the word "limited" continued to haunt me only now in regards to my age, I was 51 and contemplating getting a degree? What was the success rate of women in their 50's pursuing a degree, was it crazy to consider? My questions and...