Ten years ago I completed a journey that I began in 1988. I finally returned to school to complete my university degree. It took me longer than the average bear, but I did it. Fourteen years ago I had all intentions of returning but realized there wasn’t much sense in doing that until I at least knew how to turn on a computer (no joke!).
My adventure as a mature student began at a locally owned and operated career academy which offered the course I needed plus included a 6 week work term component. Not only would I get the basic computer/office/administration skills I would need to make my break from retail but I would also get a placement for 6 weeks to put my newly acquired skills to the test.
Fortunately, my work term was at another locally owned business that was well established in the area and although I knew nothing about propane or oil I dove right in and learned as much as I could.
I guess I did okay as 14 years later, I’m still there 🙂 Through the encouragement of my employer I enrolled in university in 2004 to complete my degree now that I had the basic skills necessary to keep up with the ever changing world of technology and education. I needed 3 courses for my degree. Yep, 3. I opted to take 3 business courses to better my understanding of my work environment. I took so much more out of my time in the classroom than I did in 1988. I was ready. I did the “real world” thing and I could now understand so much of what those courses really meant to me and where I would use them in real life. I had a better appreciation than I had the first trip I made to university. I’ve always loved learning but when I left high school I wasn’t ready to decide what I wanted to be when I grew up and I made decisions that took me places I wasn’t ready to be. However, that’s all water under the bridge.
Now here I go again. My employer is so enthusiastic about people (especially his employees) wanting to better their education that I couldn’t wait to share with him my interest in a new course being offered at the same place where I received my BTCA and started working for him 14 years ago. This time we’re getting a little bit more specific within the scope of learning. I need 4 courses from the university to receive a Certificate in Management. Thankfully, the Canadian Institute of Management has partnered with Island Career Academy and I can get my CSM Certification during a timetable that is much more conducive to my needs.
So why is it that my time has come now? Why didn’t I do this earlier? Because I’m a Mom and my kids needed me, that’s why. The road we have traveled with Matthew since he started school had no room on it for me to detour. I needed to be on my game for him. All my energy and focus had to be making sure his needs were met. I can finally say that he is well on his way. A year from now he will be in his senior year (that’s just too crazy to imagine let alone type). He has walked a long and at times, very trying path but he continued to move ahead and mature in ways beyond anything I could have ever imagined 10 years ago. And as far as Marcus, well he’s just the most easy-going, happy-go-lucky kid that I have ever come across in my life. He’s joined Yoga at school today and all is right in his world…lol. That’s why my time has come.
It’s going to be a busy winter! Between working for an oil company (please don’t let this winter be as bad as last winter was!!) and going to school, it’ll be springtime before I know it.
Bring it on.
Until next time…