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Would you like a chance to win a trip to a 2018 taping of Dancing with the Stars? You are a big fan if you remember when Marie Osmond fainted. How about when Cloris Leachman was a contestant at age 82? These ladies have something in common; they chose to keep on dancing even when it didn’t seem possible!
We are all passionate about something. What is your passion? How do you make sure that happens for you? Life sometimes gets in the way of those things we are most passionate about. That happened to me while I was trying to achieve a college degree.
It took me six years to accomplish my four-year degree, a Bachelor of Science in Public Service. I went to college every semester year round; fall, winter and summer.
Because I had graduated from high school 26 years before I began college, I was required to take several refresher courses, which did not count towards my degree. One of those was a math class, which required an exit exam. I failed the exit exam by 2 points! I had passed the class with flying colors but I do not test well, never have and I know that about myself. Oh, it was tempting to give up but just as you shouldn’t give up on yourself, I did not give up on myself!
I was leaving class the day my daughter called to say we had another grandbaby on the way! The fifth one was finally a girl!
During the next six years, there were many obstacles and distractions to overcome. The youngest three of our five grandchildren were born during my college days. My children’s father passed away suddenly at the young age of 42. Both of my parents were hospitalized at the same time with pneumonia and I was the primary caregiver. My Dad had open-heart surgery, twice! My Mom was diagnosed with Breast Cancer for the second time during my senior year of college. Any one of those events could have sidelined my pursuit of education but I didn’t let it. Needless to say, life does get in the way of our passions sometimes.
My mantra became ‘one day at a time’. Many, many days I would have to tell myself, “you don’t have to live this day again and no one will ever be able to take this education away from me.”
We owned a small residential and commercial cleaning business, which I worked full-time while in school. My husband worked with me as often as possible and together we generally worked six days a week then taught a toddler Sunday school class on Sunday’s.
My debate partner Will Archer and I won 2006 Best Delegation Award at Model United Nations Conference
I set a goal of achieving the highest GPA I possibly could. In order to focus on your GPA, you have to pay attention to the little steps along the way. Math is not my friend and I don’t test well. College is set up to help anyone succeed. It really is! There is a period called Drop/Add. During Drop/Add, you get back your first test grade. Twice, in math classes, my first grade was too low for my liking. It would have brought my GPA down too far so I dropped the class and took it in the summer when I wasn’t taking a full load.
My graduation GPA is 3.36. I missed graduating with honors by .04! It doesn’t bother me now, although it did for a while. I walked out of my very last class a month before I turned 50 with tears in my eyes mostly because I knew I had actually finished!
Keep On Dancing! Don’t stop! Pursue your passion and do not allow yourself to be held back by anything!
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