My Journey

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My Educational Journey

Chakaria Jackson

ENG 121

Instructor Melissa Holmberg

June 12, 2011

My educational journey began one year ago. I was questioning whether I was going to return to school. After high school I told myself that I was through. Being a good student is not difficult but it takes a lot of hard work and dedication. My mother is enrolled in college and on her way to obtaining her. That alone is my motivation and the reason why I strive so hard.

When I was in high school, I never really pushed myself to go above and beyond what I thought I was capable of. I passed classes, failed others, and eventually gave up. I could care less about college because I thought it wasn’t for me. Seven years later and here I am, following in my mother’s footsteps. I woke up one day and decided that this is what I wanted to do with my life. After watching my mother complete papers, stay up late doing research and pushing to study for exams I noticed her determination. I wanted what she had so I went for it. I enrolled myself in an online program to obtain a BA in health and Human Services. This is just the beginning and much more to come.

My family and friends often wonder why I chose the degree that I did. Is it because my mother chose it? The answer to that is simply no. I have been working in human services for a year and I am in love with what I do. This is one job that actually chose me. I started this career path because much like other people I needed money. I have grown to adore the people that I work with and it has become more than a bread winner for me.

My supervisor is another motivator for me. She, much like me, has never been to college before. She did not let that stop her. She worked her way up to her supervisory position and I admire her for that. She is dedicated and committed to her career and I want to be the same way. My career is an educational journey in itself.

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