If you follow me at all on social media this is going to be old news. For those of you who don’t, hold on to your hats.
Today I received notification that I am indeed graduating from my master’s program!
Part of me is still in shock I was even able to finish. When I was younger I was not always the best student. (No joking, if you saw the amount of fails I had in my past you would probably be shocked.) It was not until I was in my 30s that I was able to get my act together enough to do well on a consistent basis. What really helped me were two things. First, working full time (or nearly so) for many years. That built up discipline pretty fast. Second, and I swear it, doing the program online made it much easier. The temptation to skip a three hour class is pretty easy after a full day of work. But when you can pull the class up on your time, and not have to worry about falling asleep in the middle just because you’ve been so busy makes a world of difference. I feel like a poster child for the benefits of a virtual education.
And a little note for all of you parents who might be worried about your child/ren’s academic performance. I had a lot of problems which led to those failures, including ADD, depression, and most problematic for me, boredom.
The fact that I have complete this degree, and with as high a GPA as I did still astounds me.
Keep believing in your kids and encouraging them and supporting them. Don’t live their life or do their homework for them. It’s more than OK for them to do poorly, and yes to even fail. I certainly did it enough in my past. And it taught me lessons that no school can possible share.
At some point they will find their interests, and their groove. If I could do it, anyone can. You have to want it.
In the words of Leo the Late Bloomer (a perfect picture book for any kid like I was) “I did it!”