Xenia, the Almost Graduate

Close up of a graduation cap and a certificate with a ribbonI didn’t realize that I had gotten so far along in my University studies.  After so many years of being out of school, I am returning to University as a senior.  This time next year I will have my Bachelor of Science degree.  I am stunned but, of course, very happy.  This also means that I will be starting my Masters program earlier than I expected.  YAY!

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I realize how fortunate I am.  The completion of my 4 year degree is one year from now.  What about those people who never did pursue college for whatever reason and now have to start from scratch.  Four years is a long time to spend not being able to get a good job because you don’t have a 4 year degree.   I have friends in other parts of the country and this is happening to people all over the nation.   A dear friend of mine who has her BA said that down in NYC she knows people who have been in management for many years.  They only had to pass a test to get into management.  These people were laid off and have not been able to get jobs because they are not college graduates.  Their unemployment benefits ran out and some of them are now working at McDonald’s.  They don’t get enough in food stamps each month, so they have to go to the food bank.  Another friend said that before she got her degree she never received any phone calls after sending out her resume.  So she decided to return to school in 2002.  After she earned her 4 year degree she said that her phone was ringing off the hook and her email inbox would get so full with employers wanting to interview her.  She said that it is unbelievable what that “expensive piece of paper” (her words) did for her career.

I am all registered for the term that begins in September, however, I am starting my course work now.  I know what books I need to get online for each class.  There is no reason why I should not begin studying and writing NOW.  By the time classes begin in September I will have the courses done.  I am registered for 4 classes.  They are History of Mathematics, Learning Styles, Educational Planning, and the fourth one is Renaissance and Reformation.  I am so excited!