From the moment you are born, you are being taught. You learn to eat, sleep, and cry when you are not satisfied. Over the years, a person will learn to talk, walk, trust, love and other things along the way.
A child starting school, is taught to do their best to learn everything possible as the future is yours to hold! You are told to go to school and do your best. Then you could get into a good college and you would get a great career after you graduate. Then you could live in that big house, with the nice cars and have many friends.
That very well may be true for some. What about the others that go to school and try their best? What happens to those who graduate and cannot get a job within that field? What happens to those who graduated and are supposed to pay their loans back? What happens to those people that spent most of their lives trying to do their best and do as they were taught?
Being one of those people, that spent most of my life in school, not being able to find a job in the position I graduated from, and wondering how I am going to pay my loan back, because I cannot find a good job; I will continue to work hard. I will educate myself on the past and learn to move forward. I will move in the only way I know, forward.
I will set a great example for my children. I will encourage them to go to school. I will teach them a little better than I was taught. I will teach them about the real-life experiences that I have went through. I will encourage them to make their dreams a reality. I will teach them through my mistakes and help them to be more successful than me.
My children are my whole world. They are the reason I went through school, even if I started later than some others. They are the reason I worked full time while attending college. They are the reason I made the Deans List. They are the reason I graduated from school. I am always striving to be better for them. They make me a stronger person. I will not quit anytime soon.
With as much bad luck as I am having with an education and bills coming in, I will continue to work towards the goal I started on in the first place! My children are my prize and I will not let them down. Even if that means, I work in a position that I do not want to be in, then I will. I will continue to find a better position. One that will allow me to flourish.
So, to everyone else out there in the same position as I am, do not give up. You will need to try harder, maybe a different direction. Just remember why you started in that direction in the first place. There will always be bumps, cracks and even holes in the road way there. Those were meant to skip over and not for you to stay around.
I have seen more, “you’re over qualified, under qualified, not enough experience, someone else is a better candidate” than any person should. I have been through several hours worth of pointless interviews. I have been laughed at not once, not twice but THREE times during interviews, because of my education. I am sure that those laughing were “less qualified” than I was. Then there were others “Why are you working here, with an that education?” Simple, I need a decent paying job, that will support my family.
That really hurts a lot, knowing that your education has taken away a lot of your time, family time and energy; All the late nights staying up to finish this paper, or that study for that final, and just missing out in general. There are many nights I would have rather been doing something more meaningful. This education is something you have worked so hard on; For at the very best now feels like a personal achievement and nothing more.
I have saw the negativity. I have felt it. I have lived it. But a person will just have to overlook those obstacles and remember why they have started in this direction in the first place. Those negative people that have been encountered along the way are also obstacles in your way of achieving your goals, whatever they may be. There are many people in the same situation. Keep your eyes on the prize!!!