For those of you that may not know, I am an online college student. The reason I made this decision was that I was working full time when I started school. However, my experience with online school has not been that bad.
I’m not going to lie, it was kind of tough balancing out a full-time job and going to school full-time.
There were many days I did not feel like I would make it to the end. I remember one of those times was this past summer while interning at ENTITY Mag. Being that it was on the west coast and most of my assignments were due on east coast time it got a little tricky. There were some days where I would rush back to my apartment and just start working on school work. The upside was that I had to have everything done by 8:55 PM since that’s west coast for 11:55 PM EST.
As you can also probably see, my blog has also taken kind of a backseat as I wrap up my last two semesters of college.
I was actually somewhat consistent when it came to writing posts, editing and posting there for a little while. However, my course load got a little heavier this spring semester as I am wrapping up my undergrad. I was also working part-time in order to help alleviate that stress, but that just made me a little more stressed. So my blog had to take a backseat as things got a little busier in my life.
However, as this semester is over and I have about a week until my last semester of college starts. I’ll probably be spending a lot of time writing away and scheduling at least one post a month.
The past couple of days have actually been a big realization for me.
If I choose to not attend graduate school, this is actually it for me. I will be on the hunt for an actual job with an actual degree that I earned. That’s kind of insane. Another reason that it’s been kind of a big deal is that I am a first-generation college student. Which essentially means I am the very first in my family to go to college and earn a college degree. I’m insanely proud of the little Hispanic girl who was so afraid when she got on that airplane 18 years ago to move here.
It’s quite amazing I’ve come since that. I have been looking at so many grad caps and I have just been overwhelmed with emotion. Mostly because I’ve realized that my parents gave up so much by moving to the U.S. If they had not made the move to a whole different country, I would not graduating college. I will be forever thankful to my parents who gave up everything so that I could walk across that stage in three months.
As I sit here and write this I am literally in disbelief.
I can’t believe I did it. I’m so proud of myself for not giving up and just seeing it through. I’m proud of myself for seeing the bigger picture in all of this. For realizing that the one thing my parents have wanted for their children was a college education.
Although this is the end of my undergrad, it’s not the end of being a student. I will continue to learn about the thing I love and the people I love. And maybe who knows, a master’s degree will come my way!
See you guys very soon!