E is for… Education
It’s the time of year for graduations of all kinds so I decided to write a little bit about my education from undergrad to finishing my first semester of graduate school.
Let’s go back in time… to 2012. I, a fresh-faced 18-year-old started my college education right after high school. I came from a small town where I basically 3 things happen after you graduate high school: you go to a university, you go to the local community college, or you enlist in the military. The latter two were not my preferred options. My desire to attend a university right away was driven by my belief that I could do more and do better than my local options and also a bit of (I guess healthy?) competition between my high school friends. While they were the USC and Ivy League hopefuls, I knew that I couldn’t get into that level of higher education. Long story short, I went to a public university in-state ( CSU, Sacramento), while many of my friends left the state or went to the USC’s and Ivy League’s of the world.
Moving on, when I applied and went to orientation, I was undeclared, meaning I had not chosen a major prior to attending. At orientation, though I declared a photography major. Spoiler alert: I did not graduate as a photography major. I ended up changing majors 2 years in, and made my own degree path in Digital Communications.
To keep it brief, my undergraduate experience was incredibly tumultuous and tempestuous. The last two and a half years can be defined as intense and extremely troubling, with faint glimmers of light along the way. Basically, I was probably on the verge of a complete emotional breakdown by the time I graduated. College was rough. And I am blessed to say that I graduated and I made it through everything and fairly academically strong as well. My biggest accomplishment was graduating.
During my final semester of my undergrad, I was trying to figure out what to do after graduating. I was not keen on getting my master’s degree, mainly based on other people’s experiences that was for a program I had zero interest in doing. But, I discovered through my internship and exploring the wonderful Google that the University of Florida had a Master’s program in Web Design and Online Communication, which is waaaaay closer to what I wanted to learn in my undergrad. So I powered through applying and getting references and spent 1 month (yes ONE month) studying before taking the GRE. It was basically the shortest application time ever to get everything done. But I was accepted and that’s currently what I’m doing. But going from California to Florida?!
Non-issue because it’s a distance learning program so I can live in California and earn my degree from Uni of Florida from the comfort of my pacific time zone. So far, it’s been a breezy experience and I do enjoy it.
This post has been very, very long now so as a closing sentiment: education is valuable but not all education looks the same for everyone. I took the higher education and distance learning path, some may learn better by doing than from an institution, and others are the traditional PhD candiates. What matters is we keep educating ourselves.
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