Education Opens Doors
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I finally graduated from college last year at age
44 with a GPA of 3.8, after attending part time and
working full time for eleven long years! I know that
graduating from college is an everyday occurrence for
most people but not for me. It had taken a long time
and I knew that degree meant more to me than it did
to most of the young kids around me.
The decision to return to school has changed my life
so drastically I dont recognize myself today as
that scared young mother who took the giant leap of
faith and returned to school. The education has given
me much more than a business degree. It has made me
a different person. I am no longer so afraid of new
experiences. I know I have the talent and skills to
learn and grow. I have the proven ability to take whatever
comes my way and make it into something good in my life.
I hope to use my experience to encourage other women
to go to school. I know how discouraging life can be
as a young mother with limited career options. Even
while in school I sometimes wondered if I would ever
reach that long awaited goal of graduation. Continuing
semester after semester while working wasnt fun.
I know I missed out on a lot of activities with friends
and family but it was worthwhile in the long run and
I met a lot of interesting people along the way. It
is still hard for me to believe I have actually graduated
after so long.
Currently I am employed in student financial aid at
that same community college where my journey began so
long ago. I spend my days working with many young single
mothers helping them find aid for their college education.
I am so proud to have this opportunity to help others
improve their lives through education, as I have done.
It took me quite a while but I finally learned the benefits
of a good education and reached out to acquire one for
As I graduated with my BS in Management and Marketing
recently, I thought of the most important thing I had
learned along the way. It wasnt statistics or
management styles. Not even public speaking or writing,
although those are all valuable classes. It was that
this may just be the beginning for me. Education has
opened so many doors and I now have so many more options
available to me. My new life is filled with endless
possibilities for the future! And I am finally open
to them all.
Elizabeth Solazzo is employed in the student financial
aid office at a community college where she spends her
days working with many adult students helping them find
aid for their college education.