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I’m Embarking on a Challenging but Fulfilling Journey

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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 this blog post.

I started my motherhood journey when I was very young (only 18!), and I never really got to follow the “typical” timeline of life events. Now at 30, I’m doing something that’s kind of a big deal for mother of three.

I’m taking a college-level English course.

It’s exciting and challenging, and I can’t wait to take you on this journey with me. I’m considering my educational options for degrees that I can earn on a schedule that works for me, and that doesn’t require me to go to a campus to take classes.

My fellow moms, it’s possible. I don’t know why I’m getting so emotional right now, but the idea of empowered women going after their educational dreams is just downright amazing. Knowing that The American Women’s College at Bay Path University offers degree programs that fit right into our busy lives, no matter what age we are, just spoke to me.

I love being around empowered women. I love empowering them, motivating them and encouraging them to go after what they want. TAWC (The American Women’s College) provides more than 20 degree programs that you can take in-person or entirely ONLINE. Classes taken on campus are ONLY on Saturdays, meaning you don’t have to sacrifice appointments, work, volunteer work, etc. to make it happen. The programs run on 6-week accelerated sessions, and even before my class really kicks into gear, I can tell you that it’s the real deal. It will be busy, and I will have to put in the work to make it happen, but I know it will be so rewarding.

I haven’t taken any kind of classes in years, so this is pretty much a brand new experience for me. So far, I’ve only taken part in the online orientation and dipped my toes into the curriculum. At this point in the journey, I’m nervous, excited, and already feeling a little stressed out. Even though it’s only one class, it’s a big deal.

On the same day that my class starts, my first essay is due. I’m also busy packing for a 4-night trip to Chicago with the whole family for a cheerleading competition. On top of that, I have work I have to wrap up and an upcoming Girl Scout meeting to plan for… it’s a little crazy right now!

That craziness though, is never going to go away. I can’t snap my fingers and magically have everything packed, finished, and ready to go. Life doesn’t work that way! Life will never work that way, which is why time management is so crucial. It’s why having a supportive group of people around me is so important, because those lovely people keep me on track. At TAWC, I have advisors and coaches that, thanks to a fun learning assessment I completed, already know that I’m a bit of a procrastinator. They know what I will need to acknowledge to help me be successful in this first class. That’s such a highlight of TAWC and their SOUL program, which is why so many of their students ARE successful and earning degrees!

Going back to school is something I HAVE considered before and starting this class has got me thinking about other courses in the future. Digital Marketing Management is a degree option at TAWC, something I already know a bit about, which I might want to explore further. Digital Forensics sounds crazy cool, but it also sounds like it will be a LOT of work. Could I handle that? I see my sister-in-law about to graduate with her Bachelor’s and go off to grad school, I see my niece going to college this fall, and I can’t help but to feel a bit jealous. I didn’t get to take that traditional path in life. I graduated high school basically at the same time that I became a mom, and my educational journey ended.  

(Excuse me, crying a bit as I get to this part…)

Could it be “my” time? I’m almost 31, I have 3 kids, it’s been quite a while since I was in school… but is it my time to do something for myself, something that will propel me forward in life? Is it my time to find something I’m passionate about, go to school for it, and “make something” of myself?

What about you? Is it your time? Have you had that little voice in your head wondering about going back to school and what options are out there for you? It’s scary to even admit that yes, you’ve had that feeling. What degree would you even consider? Us moms rarely get to have “me” time, but sometimes you just have to make the time and declare, It’s My Time!

Over the next 6 weeks of this class I want you there with me. I’m taking this class for credit, so my booty is ready to work hard. Are you ready to see what being a mom in college is like?

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