My Time Has Come

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…

About angeloftheisland

Welcome to An Angel’s Island. I’m Tracey (aka angeloftheisland). I’m also Mom to 19 year old Matthew who constantly keeps me on my toes. He’s our “special” boy who shows us daily how he deals with the world of ADHD, a Nonverbal Learning Disorder and Asperger’s Syndrome. He’s my hero. Marcus is 8 and reminds me everyday that he’s in no way going to make the school years boring for his Dad and me!! I’m also wife to Mike for 25 years now. Mike is my best friend and soul-mate and he has showed me over the years, that yes – dreams do come true. Our life may not be the most exciting but there’s always something going on. Welcome to our Happy Place, newly renamed Hilliard's Happy Hideaway. I hope you enjoy what I’ve shared about our family.
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2 Responses to My Time Has Come

  1. Ann says:

    So proud of you!!

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