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This post is sponsored by The American Women’s College and SheKnows Media

I was given the opportunity to attend a class at The American Women’s College at Bay Path University in exchange for sharing my experience in a series of posts.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been on this journey taking an online college course through The American Women’s College. I’m nearing the end of the course and have so much to share! I honestly never imagined that I would be taking a college course with everything I have going on. Having this opportunity has been rewarding, and a bit of a struggle sometimes, but it’s been fun.

Most recently, my professor had me write an argumentative essay. I chose a topic I was familiar with so I could add my own experience to argue a valid point. My essay argued that starting a blog can be a profitable way for parents to earn an income should they want to stay at home. How many of us out there would love to stay at home but have financial obligations that may not always cater to that lifestyle?

You guys, when I chose the topic I thought that all of the knowledge would just flow out of me, but I was so wrong! I did an initial draft as an outline, trying to lay out all of my thoughts and sources, which I would then piece together into an essay that had valid points and gave enough information for parents to read it, understand it and want to take action. The feedback from my professor was beyond helpful, but turning that outline into an essay was difficult. The points were laid out, but I had to connect them, transition and cite my sources. I had moments where I had to walk away because I felt overwhelmed. I can’t lie to you and say that it just flowed and I aced it – I worked my butt off for it!

 

College as a busy mom is tough, there’s no way around that. I have had to balance things, stay up late, and really limit my distractions.

The most rewarding thing though, is when I get my grades and my professor’s feedback. There’s little feedback on other things in life, whether or not you are on the right track, but with your education, if you accept the feedback and apply it, you can better yourself. Every week I’ve done just that, and it’s paying off.

The American Women’s College (TAWC) has given me an opportunity that I knew existed but never fully explored, and it’s one that I’m now considering as a viable option for me. I know social media and marketing, so exploring a degree in that area makes sense. It draws me in, it uses the knowledge I already have, and it interests me. I believe that’s the most important thing to ask yourself when choosing a degree path – what speaks to you? What do you already know? What do you enjoy doing? I absolutely loved my work in influencer marketing, and if I could get back into that I think I will have found my sweet spot. There’s also something intriguing about digital forensics (cybersecurity), but that would be a whole new world for me. It might be worth exploring the possibilities to see if a degree is feasible in my future! A few questions I already have – do remote opportunities exist? What job paths are there?

I have to finish up my final draft for my essay and get it submitted for a final grade, but I feel so confident going into this last week! I just attended my niece’s high school graduation, and kindergarten graduation for Gavin and Haley, and while I’m nowhere near graduation I did wonder what that would feel like. A college graduation for ME? IS that possible someday? Do I take the next steps? Should I?! Just this one class at TAWC has sparked so many questions for my future.

holding graduation tassel

I was so excited to finally receive my high school graduation tassel years later (I never got to walk, I had a two-week-old newborn at the time), so I can’t imagine the feeling of a college graduation!

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