In less than two weeks, I will be graduating from Cleveland State Community College with my Associate’s of Applied Science in Office Administration. Even though this event has not taken place yet, I still cannot believe it is this close. It seems like just yesterday, I was preparing to begin my life as a college student. But, I am so glad this day is coming. It has taken me a long time to get here. A lot longer than it should have, or at least that is what I think. However, in saying that, I would not change the experiences I have had throughout my college career for anything. I have learned a lot about myself and about others as well. I’ve taken the good with the bad and made the best of it.
I started my college career at Chattanooga State and like most freshmen was an undecided major. I made some new friends there, and got the feel of being a college student. Then, in the summer of 2003, I decided I wanted to move and go to Middle Tennessee State University. I remained there for 2 1/2 years and majored in Psychology. It was here that I began to learn a lot about myself and about others. I had good experiences, and bad ones, but they all helped me grow. I would not change the times I had at MTSU or the people I met for anything. Then, I moved back home and went to Bryan College, a private Christian college. This was a great experience for me as well. I was able to live with my Granny during this time and this allowed us to strengthen our bond and for me to be her company when she needed it most. I am so thankful that I was able to be there for her and help her. I continued classes for psychology at Bryan and met some awesome people there as well. Sadly, I was only there for one semester. I miss the friends I made there and wish I could have spent more time with them than what I did. Through going to this school it opened my eyes to just how much we need G*d in our lives and how much we push him out. Lastly, I finally ended up at Cleveland State. I first began there in the Spring of 2006 with all intentions of just taking classes to be able to get funding I needed to return to MTSU. Then, life happened as they say and I decided to stay home and take a break. I am very glad I did. In the Fall of 2008 I decided to re-enroll at Cleveland State major in Office Administration, and I am now nearing the end of this leg in the journey of life.
I have been thinking tonight about what part of my college career has impacted me most as of now. Right now it would be this very semester. In one of my classes instead of doing book work all the time, we had to do a service learning project. This allowed us to get hands on experience in working with others as a team to make something happen. What a great experience it was! Although I do not feel that I myself contributed enough to the said project it was a great learning experience. Sometimes it is difficult to learn how to work with others and figure out problems, but it is something that is dealt with daily in the workforce. We have to learn how to do this or we will never get anywhere!
My point in all this? Remember when you were a kid and you had that favorite super hero who was just the greatest and you wanted to be like them, or when something went wrong with friends mommy was there to fix it? In all this, I have learned that even though Mommy still loves us and super heroes are still great, they can’t fix everything for us all the time. It’s now time for me to be my own super hero and face the challenges, the upsets, the heartaches, the excitement, the happiness and joys of being an adult. Even though this too is going to be scary experience at first, I am ready. I am ready to put on my cape and Super Girl shirt and fly out into the unknown and see what the future has waiting!