Back 2 School Blues

Summer has come to an end and now I have the back to school blues. I hate school and have a horrible habit of dropping classes throughout the semester, however this time I cannot drop any. I am taking Biology, Microeconomics, Intro to Business and Weight Training.  It’s going to be a tough semester both going to school and working full time, but I have done it before and know I can do it. After completing this semester I will receive my Associates in Business Administration. I know it is only an Associates degree but I am SUPER excited because 3 years ago when I dropped out I would have never thought I would be getting any type of degree.

School books for this semester!

I had dropped out because I just didn’t want to go to school; thought I didn’t needed it and was making great money at my current job (not anymore thanks to our GREAT economy). Sadly it was an unfortunate event that led me to go back to school a year and half ago (I’ll explain more on that later). It caused me to revaluate my life. At that time I thought what I needed to do was go back to school, get my bachelors degree, find an amazing job, find a partner, buy a house and settle down (I think I just listed “The American Dream”). Well… I did the first thing and went back to school but during my second semester back I realized I was not happy. I attended classes; made good grades, but did not want to be there. I continued going because I felt that that’s what was expected of me. I would show up in class and instead of paying attention I would make all these travel related lists (cities/states that I have visited or places I want to visit). I just wasn’t in tune and that semester I ended up dropping 3 out of the 5 classes I had signed up for. Since I had a lot of free time that’s when the idea to backpack around the world came to mind and took over my entire life. I thought OMG how amazing this is my passion and I don’t need any degree for it.

I finished the other two classes and thought about just dropping out and focusing on getting everything together for my backpacking trip. That didn’t happen; thankfully one of my friends who from the very beginning never questioned my decision of backpacking told me she loved my idea however wasn’t going to let me drop out. Knowing I was only six classes away from getting my associates degree she told me, “look you’re not going backpacking for another year so stop being lazy and complete at least your associates because you are too close to the finish line to just walk away AGAIN”. I hated that she emphasized AGAIN but I am glad she did because now here I am a semester away from getting my Associates degree.

The reason I mentioned I cannot drop any classes earlier is because well I can’t. It would ruin all my plans and not only that but going to school cost money and since I am trying to save every penny I can’t afford more than this semester. My plans are to graduate in December, once I have successfully done that I will continue working my current full time job and get an extra job or two to make sure I save the money I need to backpack around the world a year from now. I am so excited because I know I will learn more on the road then I ever could in a classroom, but for now I am looking forward to a great LONG 16 weeks and getting my Associates degree!

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  1. Jaime! I’m so glad I’m not the only one going back to school. We are both taking the same class and we should both get our associates this December!

    I feel the same way about a lot of things you said. To me, I just hated school as well. I felt I didn’t need to go since I already had a good job and I was doing anything I wanted to. I just was so incredibly unhappy being there. I was not interested in ONE SINGLE TOPIC I ever had to study, and nothing the teachers could have said would have sparked my interest. It was quite sad actually.

    Now after a nearly 2 year hiatus I’ve enrolled again and I think it was just the right amount of time off because now I’m excited, and ready to finish!

    Just remember like you’ve already said, if you drop anything, it will impede on you already mapped out plans to travel the world! You said you wouldn’t let anyone stop you, now don’t let ANYTHING stop you 🙂

  2. QueenBrain12 says:

    I know we will meet at a beautiful location on the other side of the world one day and all because your good friend called you out. I’m glad someone woke you up! 🙂

    Nerds and Geeks are in this semester so you fit right in. LOL Don’t let anyone or anything discourage you from achieving your goals and dreams. You’ve inspired and never failed to amaze me especially on those days you get mad at me. WE learn to most on those days.

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts on back to school and how you will be traveling RTW and I’ll be still be here staring at this door Jorge told me to invision! lol jk


  3. you know what else is in this semester….tired ass law students! haha

    Glad you’re pushing through. In December it will be time for all of us to finally be there for your special moment when you walk across the stage in a silly cap and gown and get handed a rolled up piece of blank paper! (they send the degree in the mail lmao!)

  4. I am so proud of you…you have accomplished so dont look back and stay strong! this whole thing is really cool and i totally support you in your decisions!! keep it up!



  5. i get paid to goto school lamo

  6. @Jorge-i am glad we are on the same page. We are going to have a great semester and we are not going to let anything stop us!!!
    @QB12-um yes we are going to meet somewhere, I have no clue yet where but when I know i’ll let you know.
    @Wev- I know I am so excited and we are going to party big time!!
    @Stef-thanks for the encouraging words.
    @remy- Sadly I have to pay for all my school out of pocket + you know i cant join the NAVY…lol “DONT ASK” why!!!

  7. It’s good that you didn’t rush into things and drop out early, as soon as I booked my flight I just wanted to go there and then but you won’t get far without a bit of prep. It’s good you’ve got sometime to sort everything out. You’re trip will come round soon enough, trust me!

  8. Hey! Thanks for visiting my blog. I can definitely see how you and I have a lot in common. I am also finishing my last semester in community college and getting my associates in English, while also working full time. I’m taking 10 credits this semester. 2 evening classes and an online class for 3 credits each and a morning class for 1. But after that, I’m planning to go to a 4-year so that I can complete my bachelors by January 2013, which is also my travel date. This gives me a little more than 2 years to save (hopefully) a ton of money so I can really go on a RTW experience.

    Good luck this semester!! Do what you gotta do to finish. Keep your eyes on the prize!
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  9. Jaime…I really am proud of you. Leaving the states after pushing through the tough stuff. It’s going to make your backpacking trip so much more rewarding. I love you!

  10. @Poi – Thanks for the advice! Now that I see yalls RTw trip has started you are right it will come around. I will keep at it!
    @Baldtraveler – wow we really are doing pretty much the same EXCEPT i admire you for wanting to finish your bachelors. I can most def not do that. I am so ready to go now, however you will be able to save A TON of money in two years just got to remember what its for!
    @Jennifer – You should really consider putting your name as Stew that way i know for sure its you! Thanks for stopping by and giving me some encouraging words. I love you too~

  11. Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed browsing your blog posts. In any case I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again soon!

    • Oh wow thank you very much!!! I think you are the 1st person to subscribe to my blog. Aww that is so exciting. I will post again soon!!! Thanks again~

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