Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Yesterday, for the first time, I was asked what year I was by the girl sitting next to me in class. And yesterday, for the first time, I answered "senior". It took me a second to process it and then I realized this is my last "back to school" fall. I always get really enthusiastic about school and my classes Fall Quarter, and that's the case this year especially. Not only are my classes so wonderfully thought provoking and enjoyable, but I'm savoring the little time I have left in academia. Everyone in school cannot wait to graduate and that's true for me too, but I know that I will miss school so much when I'm done.
I feel like my relationship with my education is a little special. I didn't go about college the run of the mill way. In fact, at 18-years-old I didn't think I'd ever go to college at all. After high school I attended the Aveda Institute in Seattle and became a licensed Esthetican. During that time I learned a lot and discovered my love for Aveda and beautiful skin, but, for me, that was only skin deep. I wanted more. So there I was with a trade and the ability to go out and join the workforce like my high school self had always planned for, but it wasn't enough. I wanted to go to college and I knew it was up to me to make that happen. I worked for six months to save enough for my first few quarters of tuition and went back to school. That was nearly four years ago. I cannot believe how quickly the time has passed. I also can't believe how much I've learned - from the books and about myself. The past few years I've unlocked so many interests, thoughts, ideas, strengths (as well as weaknesses) that I never knew I had. I don't think that would have been as strong for me had I not reached the point of attending college the way I did. It made me appreciate learning so much more than I would have had I gone right after high school. I'm not saying that's the case for everyone, but I know it was for me - I was older, I wanted it for my own reasons and I had a way better idea of what I wanted to do. Now, here I am double majoring in two areas of study I love and eight months from graduation with two Bachelor's degrees that are practical for what I want to do.
I wouldn't trade the experience I've had with my education for anything and I'm going to savor every little bit of what I have left of this experience because it has been simply amazing.