ManhoodPersonal GrowthSpiritual Development

Back to School

So you are thinking about going back to school. Every time you entertain the thought of going back to school as an adult, you come up with excuses why it may not be the right time for you. You say I want to go back to school but how would I go back when I work a full-time job? You say I want to go back to school but I how could I go back when I am a mother and a wife who has a family? I want to go back to school but will I be able to handle the workload as an adult student going to classes at night or online? The answer to these questions is yes, you can go back to school as an adult so you can obtain your college degree. It will require you making the necessary sacrifice to stop watching several episodes of your favorite television show on Netflix and use the time doing your school assignments. You have to make the investment in your academic success, work a full-time job, and taking care of your family needs.

When I decided to go back to college in 2010, our country had a financial crisis for the last two years in 2009. People had lost their jobs and thousands of small business owners had gone out of business. A large percentage of people who were over forty like myself were not sure how they would go into a different career path not having the required skills and qualifications that were required. In making my decision to go back to school there were three things I needed to do while I worked a fulltime job and supported my family. The first thing that I had to do in going back to college was to make the decision that once I began, I would stay the course until the end. The second thing I did in going back to college was that I was going to apply myself to get the best grades that I could. Finally, the third thing that I did in going back to school was celebrating my small accomplishments on my way to my ultimate goal.

A wise man will hear and increase learning, And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel (Proverbs 1:5).

Make the decision

The first thing that I had to do in going back to college was to make the decision that once I began, I would stay the course until the end. It was one said by Anthony Robbins that “procrastination is the assassination of motivation”. Procrastination is a thief that can rob you of time and opportunities when they are presented to you. Procrastination will also sell you the lie that what you put off today, you will have the opportunity to do tomorrow. Not only will the lie of procrastination tap you on your shoulder but there will be the excuses that you don’t have enough money, time, or resources to make this happen. However, my brother, you have to understand that these are nothing more than the distractions from the enemy to keep you from going back to college. The Lord does not want you, my sister, to get discouraged by the tactics of the enemy but see yourself walking across that stage receiving your degree on the day of your graduation.

I understand that the decision to go back to college after so many years in your life is a very important one. However, this is one decision that you have to make and be willing to go through to improve your life. Will there be challenges along the way while in school, going to work and taking care of your family, the answer is yes our master or your doctorate degree. Do not delay in doing what needs to be done for yourself because the Lord has another level to bring you to and an open door of breakthrough for you have to walk through.

Apply yourself

The second thing I did in going back to college was that I was going to apply myself to get the best grades that I could. Back when I was 16, I had failed two grades behind in middle school. By the time I had made it to the nine grade in high school, the real grade I should have been at was the eleven grade. However, because I was embarrassed that I failed two grades behind, I made the foolish decision to drop out of school. My failure to apply myself in school was not that I had some type of learning disability or that I was a dumb kid. The issue why I did some bad in school was that I did not have a vision of who I could become one day. A year after dropping out of school, I when back to get my diploma because my mother had threatened to kick me out of the house. When I went to college to get my degree, I applied myself in every college course that I took so that I could make the dean list every semester. When I finally graduated from college, my grade point average was 3.78 and the lowest grade that I got was a B minus.

The word of God says in Proverbs 23:12 Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to words of knowledge”. You have made the decision to go back to school and now it is time for you to get down to busy. You have registered for all your classes and the Lord has financially made it possible for you to be in class, my sister.  There will be times when distractions will come from the right and left, however, I encourage you to apply yourself and commit to the process. In those times when people pull on you to address issues they believe are important but really are not, let them know that your classes are your true priority at this time. Apply yourself, my sister, when you are up those nights burning the midnight oil having to get your assignments completed. Apply yourself, my brother, as you spend those summer weekends at the library preparing for tests and exams while everyone you know is hanging at the park playing ball. The word of God says in Proverbs 22:29 that “a man who excels at his work, he will have the opportunity to stand before kings and not obscure men”.

 Celebrate your small accomplishments

Finally, the third thing that I did in going back to school as an adult was celebrating my small accomplishments on my way to my ultimate goal. The first two weeks of school for me were tough but when I received my grades from my professors I celebrated like I had won the Super Bowl. I when online to view my grades from my classes that I had taken and my grade scores were both over 92%. By the time I had completed my first semester of college, my grade point average was a 4.00 which was the highest among my fellow students. With every class that I took, I became addicted to scoring in the high nineties on each of my assignments. I was determined that at the end of each school semester that my grade point average would not be less than of 3.96. I celebrated my small accomplishments for a moment but after when I was done, I continued to work knowing that my mission had not been completed. My final celebration came when I have completed my final semester of school and I received my college diploma several weeks later.

While you are in school my brother enjoy the journey in being a college student. When you are confronted with difficult problems that you can’ figure out, persevere knowing in time you will final the answers that you need. The setbacks that you experience while in school don’t view them as setbacks but as stepping stones to walk on in your quest for your degree. The word of God says in Jeremiah 29:11 that “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end”. You are destined for greatness and you making the decision to return back to school was part of the Lord’s plan. However, you may say Elder Strong, I have not always been a good test taker when taking tests in school. The Lord is fully aware of what struggles you had in the past and He has fully equipped you to pass every test and exam that is put before you. The word of God says in Philippians 4:13 that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”.

 

 

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