Oh my gosh, comment below if you read my first blog post when I decided to go back to school a couple years ago. It’s crazy to think that time has flown by so quickly and I’m literally done, I can’t believe it. I remember the terror and fear I felt going in because school was something that always annoyed me, I believe in school but I still hated it. I just didn’t think the school system was very effective (and I still don’t). The school system is limited, it’s not there fault, but its a system that we can’t totally avoid unless we have a plan or a lot of money I suppose.
When I relocated to America I was in a brand new country and I needed to make myself as marketable as possible. Simply put I needed to reinvent myself because here I couldn’t claim to be LaurenOLauren anymore she had no power here. So I enrolled in school Fall of 2015 as a full time student, I took Summer classes and Winter classes so I could finish faster. Many people have asked me about working and going to school and I will say this confidently as someone who has been to college in Jamaica (several colleges). I personally believe the school system in the United States is easier, teachers I feel make themselves available to you 24 hours a day. I have emailed teachers at 3am and gotten a response, I couldn’t make my business law exam once because I was sick and the teacher allowed me to do it at a time that was convenient to me.
Throughout my time in college I purchased every single book on my book list a mistake I will never be able to explain in its full entirety. The teachers give you a syllabus at the beginning of the semester so you know exactly whats coming and when and the topics so you’re never caught off guard. The powerpoint which many teachers use, have all the information you need. All you have to do is listen take the notes and the same questions will appear on the exam, trust me its as simple as uploading a picture to Instagram. I don’t consider myself to be good at school and I went through the entire thing without failing an exam, or failing a class and didn’t need to retake anything. I even took math classes and passed them. If you know anything about me you will know MATH has been the single cause of my repeated failure in school, since the day I was born.
My teachers were all pretty amazing, it’s important you make relationships with these people not just so they can write recommendations for you but because they can really help you. I didn’t really feel like I fit in especially when I just started but after a while, I was able to just go and get the job done. It became easier over time like all things.
Overall I’m glad I made the decision to go back and I had a great support system every step of the way. From strangers, to all of you who follow me on social media to my friends and my husband, I felt like quitting so many times yet so many people were cheering me on. Going back to school was on. my top ten biggest fear, and now its behind me. It’s time to tackle another fear, what will you tackle in 2018.