Why did I not take that route in the first place you ask? Well it all started the summer after I graduated from high school. I got a full time job at an office and the money started flowing in. I was hooked on getting a paycheck, I never had so much money in my life! When the time came to registering for school I decided that it would be too inconvenient (or really really hard since I didn't drive) to attend school and work 9-5. My coworker was attending an online school and I did some research and found an online school that worked for me.
At first it was heaven: I worked at my own pace, I didn't have to travel anywhere, and most importantly I didn't have to navigate around a school I didn't know surrounded by strangers. If you know me in real life you know that I am shy. So being cooped up in my home was my comfort zone. After a few months my schoolwork fell by the wayside as I dealt with stress from work and home. So I quit my job. Now I was home all the time with little social interaction other than a new hobby I had picked up (blogging!). Looking back now I can say that this was the best and worst time of my life. My shyness became so bad I sought treatment with a psychiatrist after one episode where I went to a store alone and almost broke down in tears because I was so uncomfortable being there.
Fast forward some more time and I am now back at that office job part time and continuing the online school. At this point I am majoring in K-8 Education and am content with life. Then I begin writing. It's love at first type(?) word(?) whatever. I just enjoyed it. As I wrote more and more I realized that I had a lot of polishing up to do. I wasn't going to learn much about writing in my current program and I wasn't happy with my decision anymore so I withdrew. Writing about it now makes it sound so simple but I was so scared to tell my Dad about my decision, he's one of those parents who think school is everything, my ticket to success, the one thing that will help later in life. I thought he would get angry and start lecturing or grill me with questions as to why I was making the decision to withdraw. I was dead wrong.
We ended up having a heart to heart conversation that (almost) made me cry. I was so relieved and so glad I had his support, I'm pretty sure he saw how unhappy I was. Aside from looking at two year colleges I am also looking at four year universities. As a teen in high school I dreamed with attending a well-known school and participating in school events and cheering on the school's football team. I now have the power to make that happen and the process of looking at different schools is a ton of fun. I wish I would've done this during high school and gone straight to a four year, but I know I wouldn't have learned so much about myself and I wouldn't have started my own blog let alone know about the world of blogging. So now I embark on a new stage of life.
If you made it this far I thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading my story. If it helped anyone at all it would be the extra chocolate chips on my pancakes. If you have any questions or feel the need to talk (about anything!) please don't hesitate in contacting me!
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