The reasons are endless why someone might want to change his life.
Regardless, attending college is not something to be taken lightly. There is cost, accessibility and time to consider.
I found myself in that quandary three years ago. Luckily for me, Ivy Tech Community College Columbus/Franklin was the answer to my questions. I was able to continue my education to not only better myself but to give back to society as well.
Being a writer and an English major, my writing courses were my favorite ones. While not easy, they helped me grow as a writer.
But I also grew from many other courses. My courses in philosophy and sociology opened my mind to new ways of thinking. I was able to learn about global thinking and the importance of valuing others’ opinions.
Courses in the humanities and sciences open new doors of both opportunity and thought. No longer is a community college just for a technical degree. Rather, there are opportunities to work in many fields of interest, such as teaching, medicine and law, just to name a few.
Without taking courses in philosophy, sociology and anthropology, I never would have known the importance of the work of a sociologist or anthropologist. Because I found these courses so interesting, I have made sociology my minor at Indiana University Southeast. These courses not only pave the way to continuing education at a four-year institution but round students for future employment.
Being able to participate in a wide variety of courses has made it possible for me to choose from many paths and to help others do the same.
I look into the eyes of my children for inspiration to continue my journey. I realize they are looking for a leader, someone to forge the path until they are ready to make the journey on their own. By demonstrating to my children that I have been able to continue my college education and to follow through with my goals, I can give them the inspiration to follow through with their own goals in life.
I hope that I might be that inspiration for others as well. To do well for myself is one thing, but I hope that throughout my life I am also able to help someone else do well.
I want others to look to me and know the world is full of opportunity. A person need not start his or her education at Harvard or Yale to be successful.
A quality education is available at institutions like Ivy Tech. Each journey starts with just one step, and a higher education might be that first step.
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