Hey, hey, hey it's day 3 of learning by example and not having to put up with what the "teacher" says.
Theresa Cardamone, finding herself suddenly unemployed and completely unemployable, made the strategic decision to return to school at the age of 55 to get her Bachelors degree in International Studies.
Obviously, everyone will have their own specific reason.
I feel that is what I am doing now that I have passed the 55 year old marker in the race of life.
I don't feel the need to return to college but I still want to do different things and achieve new successes in my life and in order to do that I have to learn different skills.
In the past year I have learned considerable skills on how to utilize the internet as a tool for financial gain. I have also completed the instruction required to obtain my real estate license and am now a sales agent in the great state of Arizona. Pretty soon, I'll be selling everyone condos on the beaches of the Caribbean (I'll be on the beaches, the condos can be anywhere).
It has been a long time ambition of mine to learn Spanish and I have completed over half of the Rosetta Stone program for Latin American Spanish so far.
Who knows, if things continue as they are I may even begin to learn how to play the piano this year…. I am excited.
How about the need to take ownership of your life. A lot of us have allowed the corporate world to take virtual control of our being for 30 odd years leading us with blinders on to believe that what we were doing was important.
Maybe there is someone in your life (family, friend, neighbor) that needs a positive example that you can rebuild your life and make it better.
It is very possible that you are looking for the future benefits of a degree or more education so you can become qualified to move into a new field that you have a passion about
Or maybe you just simply feel the need to finish your education.
Whatever the reason, make the decision to better your life like Theresa.
"I am a 55-year old freshman with zero college credits, I had a steep road ahead of me when I enrolled at NYU-SCPS (School of Continuing and Professional Studies) last fall. There was a 38-year gap since my last formal schooling. I had no SAT scores. But I did have decades of life experience to draw on which provided me with a strong foundation for academic success.
I'd been business manager/outreach coordinator for a prominent children's theatre, developed and managed a world-class Arabian horse farm, been heavily endorsed as a candidate for the Seattle School Board, lobbied the Washington State legislature on education issues, and ridden across the USA on the Bicentennial Wagon Train. I could drive a semi, clean a stall and/or entertain a sitting President of the United States.
But only one year ago, I could not secure a minimum wage job. I was being screened out because I had no degree. That ends here.
My B.A. concentration in International Studies will bring my resume up to date and I will maximize my earning potential for the rest of my productive life. I hold a 4.0 GPA, am on the Dean's list, and was just elected vice-president of my school's undergraduate student council.
Has it been challenging? Yes.
Worthwhile? Hell, yes.
It helps that my personal standards are in synch with the university's high bar. I was just notified that I have received one national scholarship, and have hopes for more. I am living proof that it is never too late to effectively pursue your education."
This is a great story and Theresa deserves our congratulations and our admiration.
If you have been following my blog this week and are wondering…….....Don't wonder, make your move.
Tommorow we will have another great example to enjoy.
Stay tuned and Thanks for joining me !!!