1. Confidence and a strong desire to work hard to succeed make a huge difference in my ability to believe I can do well in college.
2. My horrible grades from college in the 1990s don’t define the academic Amy anymore, especially since I got a 4.0 GPA this semester.
3. It is weird having professors who are younger than me, but some of them are wonderful.
4. Class participation and communicating with professors make a big impression.
5. I absolutely cannot procrastinate on school work. Just the idea of it makes me want to break out into hives.
6. I never want to write another paper about Niccolo Machiavelli again. Quizzes on the proper use of the comma, however, are fun.
7. I love my major. It’s so me, but I never would have had the confidence to tackle it when I was 18.
8. I never expected to be an involved student at my age, but now that I am, I can’t imagine just going to classes.
9. I love hearing my kids say, “Mom, I’m proud of you.” I also love how they ask me how my day was, instead of asking me if I washed a particular shirt or if I picked X up from the grocery store.
10. I rock and college is fun this time around.
So…..this school year is done! It’s been an amazing year filled with a lot of self-discovery and new knowledge. I’ve learned so much about myself and this, to me, is as important as the academics. I couldn’t have done it without the support of my family and friends. Last night, I was getting giddy about the idea that I would be done today, as well as the idea that my husband and I are going out to celebrate tonight–and he scheduled the sitter and planned it all. He really does rock.
This year has brought many wonderful experiences and many more are coming. My hard work has been recognized by others and I found out today, on my way out of my last final presentation, that the campaign I worked on with my 3 other team members has won a New England PR award. We get to go to an awards ceremony in June to accept it. What a way to end the year!
I will be taking a summer class for six weeks starting on May 22, but that will fly by and one class seems like a piece of cake right now. Then I get to enjoy the summer with my kids. It’s perfect!
I had a conversation with my husband last night and we were talking about the fact that I really can do this. Because I have an academic dismissal on my record from the mid-90s, I always felt insecure about furthering my education. I didn’t think I could handle college. Not only can I handle college, I can do well. When I said to M, “I can really do this”, he responded, “I know you can. You are the only one who didn’t think you could.”
He’s right. Self-confidence is half my battle.
Thank you again for your support. Thank you to those who’ve believed in me when I haven’t believed in myself.