There are so many career paths to choose from, but there was only one path that attracted me the most, and that was Physical Therapy. I’ve always wanted to do some good in this world, and this is one of the few careers that does just that. Only those with physiotherapy degrees OH can treat patients in helping them move, and relieve pain. This is very rewarding, seeing someone who was just in an accident, in great pain and trouble walking, learn how to deal with it and walk again is a wonderful feeling. It’s like learning how to remove a splinter from a lion’s paw, well except most humans aren’t so scary.
What eased my decision in this pursuit of a great career was the education. There are numerous physical therapist schools in California, and most of them are so affordable I couldn’t believe it. I was so happy to know that the path to an excellent career starts with an affordable 4 year degree. I quickly filled out my FAFSA, knowing that it will help cover the costs of education, and it was such a simple thing to do. I think that’s the toughest part, the cost of education. I thought I wouldn’t go through with signing up for college because I didn’t want to be in debt for the rest of my life, but for the promise of a feel good career, and financial aide, how could I deny myself like that?
Besides it isn’t like the career doesn’t pay off in the end. Just a quick little search on bls.gov, opened my eyes even more. I don’t think I’ll have to worry about debt once I complete my education, as this career pays well enough. There it said the job was in great demand, and sure enough a quick job search showed how much it was in demand. The list was endless. All I did was click “USAJOBS – Search Jobs” and saw the truth. Any job search I did produced great results. I can’t wait to start this new chapter of my life.
Life seemed fair to me at the time. I had a comfortable job in the retail sector with a forty hour work week. I did not have a set schedule, often having to work weekends and holidays, but it still seemed fair. I usually had a day, sometimes two days, off during the week. I viewed this as being beneficial, being able to complete errands during the week without taking a day off from work and losing wages. I felt this was a fair trade for the events I may have missed on the weekends and holidays from having to work.
On one of my days off during the week, I completed my routine early in the day and decided to watch some television. While not very entertained by the programming, I noticed a lot of commercials for continuing education. I figured that those commercials were intended for people that were either in between jobs, possibly contemplating a career change or recent graduates that were having trouble seeking employment. Since I wasnt in either category, continuing my education seemed unnecessary.
Upon returning to work, the topic of higher education arose. Out of all of my coworkers, all of whom were older that I, only one of them had a college degree. I later found out that he made more money than both of my supervisors and I combined. He did less work and came and went as he needed. He rarely worked on weekends and never on holidays. All of a sudden, life no longer seemed fair.
It occurred to me after seeing another commercial about continuing education that having a degree was the main reason this coworker made so much more money and had such a light work schedule. With the encouragement of both of my supervisors, I decided to pursue a degree. It seemed like a daunting tasks, having to balance a full time job and complete my coursework. It eventually became manageable and ultimately, exciting. It seemed like an entire new world had opened up for me. Opportunities are presenting themselves for a higher salary and a better schedule.
These opportunities are contingent on me obtaining my degree. With only a few credits remaining before completion, my anticipation is at a very high level. I will have more money and more time to enjoy it. Just like the guy in the commercial said I would.
So I’m sharing this story as a very non-typical example of a college student. A student who no longer needs to earn a living, but rather seeks to explore his passion so he can spend the rest of his life sharing the gift of what he loves.
I’ve spent my entire life, along with my wife, ensuring that my three daughters and one son get a first class education. I’ve sent them to the best colleges and they are all on their way to lucrative careers in fields of their own choice. I feel like I’ve done my part for my family. Thus, I can finally return to taking care of the one person whose educational needs were put aside during this time: myself.
You see, I never went to college. I dropped out of college when I was 19 years old after my father passed away in order to make ends meet for my mother and two younger sisters. I worked 3 jobs, 70 hours a week, for many years. Eventually, I started my own convenience store and built it into a pretty successful million dollar franchise. I fell in love with my next-door neighbor and started a large family as an expression of my desire to build a life with her. From there family life took over and spent the last 25 years fulfilling my duties as father, businessman, and husband.
Which leaves me where I currently am. My life has been good — very good. Yet, the only thing lingering in the back of my mind was that I never got educated. And I never built a career around my intelligence and my passion. You see, I love the study of psychology. The study of the mind. The intricate details of how I think. And every evening for the last 30 years I dreamt about how I could take my love for understanding how we think and feel into an actual life that could be of value to others.
Things brings me to my point. I got my GED, quite easily I might add, and have applied to a variety of full-time psychology programs. And, I was accepted into three incredible programs. I’ve chosen one, and will start next month.
Income is not an issue for me. I have enough savings to last for the rest of my life. Thus, this be a full immersion into the study of the mind, research of the mind, and understanding of who we are. I am looking forward to learning, and eventually looking forward to sharing, this passion with others in my career.
It is the worst kept secret in the world, there are now plenty of ways to get your college degree. It was the truth that I personally embraced when I decided that it was time to stop wallowing around and start doing something with my life. It did not take long to figure out what that something was going to be. I was going to start taking online classes in order to get my college degree.
There were some changes that had to be made in my life in order to accommodate for the reality that I would be taking these classes, but it was nothing that I did not think I could handle. As a matter of fact, I was very confident that if I did not take some courses that I would not be doing myself any favors.
The online courses are similar to what one might find if they were to go the traditional college route. The main difference here is that you do not have to be physically present anywhere in order to gain the benefits. This of course is a huge plus for those who have busy home and family lives. Since I personally was already working, I knew that this was going to be the best option for me as well.
Online courses are fun because they allow you to learn at your own pace and around your own schedule. You still have to be on top of things in order to really benefit from such courses, but there is no reason to think that you can’t do it. As a matter of fact, there is every reason to believe that you can if you are smart. You just need to learn to schedule your time in a manner that works for you.
I was happy to not have to take any time off work. I am sure that my employer was happy that I was not leaving either. We had a lot of work that needed to be done, and they were pleased to hear that I was not jumping ship in order to go and get my degree. I am sure that they would have supported my continued education, but this plan made it a lot easier.
With all of the options that one has now to get a degree, there is really no reason to not make it happen. Try online or tradition, whatever works best for you.
Scholarships are a God-send for those individuals that want to continue their education and explore the complexity of our world. I, like many others, received a scholarship to the university of my dreams and it single-handedly changed my course through life. I was highly interested in computers, software, and technology from the time I was a small child. My father had a computer at the time that operated through a command line on the DOS operating system.
I remember being fascinated by the complexity of the computer and the world it opened up with a few commands. I remember playing my favorite game, Budo: The Art of Ninja Combat, when I was around 4 years of age. Since then, my fascination with computers has evolved into a deep-rooted passion that has, in turn, provided me with a career. I remember sitting at the computer desk and typing in commands to the computer and letting my mind wander. I envisioned myself living in the fantasies that the computer brought to me. I could be a Ninja, working my way through enemy lines to save the day from evil!
As I got older, my interest in the video game side of things died down but my fascination with the computer itself grew. I started to understand that the games I loved were crafted on a framework of software. The software communicated to the hardware and produced images on the screen for me to enjoy. I began programming my own software to do things that I thought were valuable. I remember creating Celsius to Fahrenheit converters, simple text-based adventures, and other small projects. My mind was free to wander and the software was a tool to lasso that dream and bring it into reality.
As I worked my way through school, I began to notice that my fascination for computers could ultimately lead me to a job. I watched documentaries about software engineers, hackers, security analysts, and entrepreneurs making a living within this field. I was excited to know that I too could be among the few that were able to generate income from performing a task I would do for free.
Ultimately, I learned that college and education was expensive. Scholarships and working hard in my academic career provided me with a financial means to pursue my passion. To this day, I am thankful for my scholarship and the world of computing.