Never give up
I find myself sitting, starring off into empty space, as I start to feel overwhelmed with feelings of helplessness. What did I do wrong? How did I get to this point? At some point the helplessness dissipates, and I can feel a surge of heat from the pit of my stomach. The self-pity had begun to wear off and started being replaced with feelings of seething anger. The anger is not because I was looked over for promotion, but because of what management said to me. I was told I was over looked for the position because I did not have a degree, even though I knew I was qualified for the position.
My dream of earning a degree right after graduating from high school was postponed due to several fortunate and unfortunate situations. Life happened; I married and had three wonderful children. They are the driving force behind my determination to succeed. However, with a growing family providing a stable home was my main priority. Working full time to support my family didn’t provide me with sufficient time to attend college.
Through pure determination, and hard work, I landed a position as a System Administrator. This was no easy feat, especially with no formal education or training. I obtained several top notch certifications through self-study, and managed to impress the right people in management. I was moving up the ladder of success, then I hit the proverbial “glass ceiling”. This is when I began to realize that in order to advance any further in my career I would need to complete my education.
I have always taught my children that education is a must, and to never give up on their dreams. I decided to be a living example of this, and go back to school. Going back to school to pursue my degree is one of the best decisions I could have made. My kids are older now, and I’m very established in my career, seems like now is the perfect time. Funny thing is, as fate would have it, my oldest son is in his first year of college.