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.
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!