I first started college in 1995 in the medical field. I shortly after got offered a promotion at my job at the time, and unfortunately dropped out of school. A few years later I started a family. I was under the impression that my job would last, and so would the fiances. Taking on that position was the biggest mistake of my life. I wish I could go back in time and I would have stayed in college and finished my career. Even though today, I am glad that I chose to go back to school and change my area of study. I always tell my children, "Work Smarter Not Harder," that is my motto I live by today.
I lost my job in 2005 after my third child, the company sold and the owner had gotten sick. I thought I would be at that job forever. I knew my job well, and I was the best at what I did. I understand things happen for reasons that people may never understand and maybe this was the reason. After working at thankless jobs for years to come, I decided to go back to school. I returned in 2010, only this time I changed my area of study to "Computer Information Systems."
Technology is always changing, and I noticed at my thankless jobs that everything was starting to become more "technology based." I did not even know how to open a tab, I was scared to touch a computer. I was scared because I did not have any experience, as I was coming up everything we did was hand written. As I became older, I decided I wanted to learn and needed to learn. You can not stay young forever, I was tired and I wanted to make a difference and wanted my children to be proud. I wanted to set a good example, and I did. My children are 17, 13, and 10 years old and they are already talking about what it is they want to accomplish when they grow-up.
As I mentioned before, I have been in school since 2010 and that is because life happens. Sometimes you can not control things like your health, death, or other of life's little corks. I just recently accomplished receiving my "Technical Certificate in Computer Information Systems." I am so proud, it took a while and I did it. This is not my only goal, I want to achieve my Associate degree, but I am out of aid and I need assistance to finish my last few classes. This is why I am applying for Scholarships in hope that I can receive financial assistance. As many of you know, when you get closer to finishing your program, the classes get harder. I would really like to finish my classes and program and dedicate my time not only to my family, but to my education. It is very hard being a single mother of three children and going to school. "A closed mouth does not get fed," that means if you need help, ask for it.
My goal is to become a "Personal Instructor," and to travel to senior centers and people's homes to take the time to show them the basic computer skills. I am not going to charge ridiculous prices, and my dream is to make this a family business. My oldest son in very good with technology. I would like to accomplish something that no one else in my family had done. I also want to make it to where my name lives on and I can make a difference in the lives of others and my family.