The typical route is that you graduate from high school and your parents send you off to college to educate yourself further. There is some studying, lots of partying, members of the opposite sex become more interesting, and you start to make memories that really define your collegiate life.
Not everyone takes that route and that is fine. My loving and amazing husband attended school for 2 measly years (without much effort) before joining the United States Marine Corps. It was during those formative years in the Marine Corps that he really started to think that this college thing was for him. He loved and will always love the USMC, the friends we were fortunate to make, and the opportunities it has provided him, but he wanted more after those four years. After many late nights of tears (on my part), budgeting, and strategic planning – we made the decision that he would leave the Marine Corps to obtain his Bachelors degree.
This wasn’t an easy decision after 4 year of the military life, but he had made a decision and I was willing to support him.
From June of 2010, he has been attending school all year round. You name it, he took it. Fall, Spring, Maymester, Summer, online, labs, and so on….you get the idea. From 6 to 18 hours, he was a full time student while working part time the entire time. For added measure, he also had to deal with a wife who was working full time and decided to go back to start getting her Masters.
This weekend he did it. HE GRADUATED! All of that hard work was for this. On to the next chapter!
“Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the highroad to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction.” -Margaret Thatcher