Tag: College

Considering Going Back to School

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Pretty much since the year after I graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree, I have toyed with the idea of going back to school and getting a second Bachelors Degree and then potentially pursuing a Master’s Degree.

Over the past almost 7 years that I have been considering going back to school, I have debated on what I would study, and where I would go.  I have a pretty good idea of what I would study, and the career outcome of what I want to do after I go back, and the whole reason to go back to school, I have narrowed it down from three options I have considered. I have also looked into projected industry growth over the next decade, and the path I am leaning toward has a higher than average projected industry growth, which is promising.

The School I want to go to, at least to get my Post – Bacc degree (second bachelors), would allow me to live in a state I have been dreaming to live in for years, and even if I moved elsewhere after I finished my degree(s) should I be able to stay at said school for my masters as well, I would get to live in said state for a good 4 to 5 years. That would be a dream come true in and of itself.

If things were to work out, I am still a little over a year away from starting school. It will take hard work and dedication to even get there in the first place and have everything fall into place that I need to fall into place, and then even harder work put in while I am there to make it happen.

I know this is a bit vague, and I am purposefully not saying what I plan to major in or the school I want to attend for privacy reasons, and should it not be the right course to pursue, and not work out, then the fact that going back to school is all anyone needs to know.

I feel like my 20’s were a time of self discovery, and figuring out who I am, and the path I am supposed to take. I have been able to do a lot of amazing things in my 20’s, and I have learned a lot about life and who I am, the things that I enjoy doing and that making me happy, as well as things that fulfill me and give me a sense of purpose. Due to the fact that I didn’t really have an idea of what I wanted to do career wise after college, and with the social science field being so broad and without a specific career outcome, I feel like I spent part of my 20’s being a bystander and inactive participant in my life and watched it go by, without being able to control much. I have felt lost, empty and confused at times and like the world was just passing me by.

If all goes according to plan and works out, this change will allow me to have a definite plan career wise and have an end game goal so that I know what I am working toward.

Part of why I had started my blogs in the first place, is because if I could help even one other young woman to see her full potential and set challenging yet attainable goals for herself and work hard to achieve it, and not listen to the haters and those whose goal is to distract us from what we are able to do, then I will have been successful at one of my goals.

I have had plenty of people tell me that I can’t do something for whatever their reason, but I am the kind of person that when someone tells me I can’t do something or that I shouldn’t do something, (highly dangerous to myself/others and illegal / immoral things aside), I make it my mission to do what I am told I cannot do, and prove people wrong about me. They aren’t living my life and they haven’t walked a mile in my shoes, so who are they to tell me I can’t do something and judge me for living my life the way I believe and know is right for me.

I am taking back my life, I know that going back to school, especially after being out for 8 years now (and likely 9 by the time I start school again), is going to be hard. I am willing to put in the hard work, and get the help I need while I am there, and take advantage of office hours, and ask a ton of questions.

What I am working toward has been on my heart for a few years now, roughly two or three as specific as it is, closer to six in the broader scope of the goal.

I still intend to keep up my blogs as much as I can, and share my experience of going back to University and pursing a second bachelors and then a masters, in my 30’s.

Knowledge is power, and education is so important. I am really beginning to see how important having and education is, whether that is in the traditional sense of post secondary education (here in the US we call it High School, other countries call it something different), or learning a trade after completing high school.

One day if I ever do have children, I want to teach them about how important their education is. I do realize and know that the statistics show that children whose parents have a higher education tend to also go on to have a higher education.

In my own life I have seen how important it is for a woman to be able to navigate and conduct herself in the business world. Even if she is able to and wants to be a stay at home wife and mother, she should also have skills that are useful in the outside world. What if her husband gets sick and passes away, or is seriously injured, or if he takes off, then what? In this day and age she needs to know how to build a resume, look for a job, go on interviews and work, in order to support herself and her family. Especially in urban life, needing to have two incomes is pretty much a necessity.

I am trying to not get my hopes up yet, as its still in its early stages, but should it all work out, I also look forward to the adventures I will be able to go on because of the change and move.

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Time to Hit the Books

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This spring I am making some changes. One of this biggest changes I am making is to spend more time reading books.

I love books, but I haven’t spent much time reading during the past few months.

I am going back and starting to read the Outlander series from the beginning. I have read Outlander and Dragonfly in Amber so far, but I finished Dragonfly in Amber months ago. I am starting from the beginning again, and plan to read them through, and get through the 8th book.

I also have the game of thrones series as well as many of the books that Gail Tsukiyama wrote. I had read The Samurai’s Garden in my freshman year of high school and actually enjoyed it, which is a shock since I hated most of the books I was forced to read in high school English.

My love of books and reading is why I minored in Literature while I was in University.

The first six books of the Outlander series were published before I went to university, but I didn’t learn of the series until after I graduated.

The Hunger Games series came out while I was in college, which is when I was reading them. The Divergent series came out after I graduated from college.

I always a trip through book stores, especially independent locally owned book stores.

In a blink of an eye it is mid – December

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I know I have missed another couple days of blogging this month. Life has just been so busy since Thanksgiving.

While I have had a few down days so far this month, my planner is reflecting the craziness that tends to be December (Christmas is literally in a week and a half).

Today was one of those busy days, where I wasn’t home most of the day and when I was home, I had a lot to get done.

I had driven down to the capital for a meeting, and had done some shopping while I was there. I had also driven out to see a good friend of mine, and take her coffee.

I left that area a little before 4:30 this afternoon to head back to the city. I got caught in rush hour traffic. That is always fun. I had stuff to put away when I got home, a load of laundry to do, and a few other things. This was the second trip down to that area in a week and a half. I really have missed living there. While a lot has changed, including me, the fact that I love it there hasn’t changed.

Making Memories and Creating New Traditions

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When I was in College, I had gone to the Tree lighting on campus only one year (my freshman year) of the four I was there. I had been busy the other three years, beings that the tree lighting was on Wednesday’s back then. It’s only been in the last five years or so that they started having the Tree lighting on the Friday night of dead week rather than the Wednesday Night of dead week. Friday night seems to work better for students and the community.

I know I went to the tree lighting two years ago (as I found that I posted a picture of it). I can’t remember if I went last year. It is possible though that I did.

It’s a great family friendly event. They always have a parade to start it off, and the parade always ends with Santa arriving on a fire engine. There are always some remarks made then all goes dark and Santa flips the switch to turn on the tree.

While there is always a good turn out to the event, I prefer going to this one, as it is in a small town (that I love), the parking situation is better, and there aren’t as many people / there is more room to spread out and still see the tree. I have never been to the tree lighting here in the city, but from the footage I have seen, it wouldn’t be my cup of tea. The tree lighting at the college I went to, is definitely something I could see making an annual tradition if I ever have a family of my own.

Events like the tree lighting, to name one, are events that I am making a mental note of now, for if I ever have a family of my own, I want to take my kids to, and give them childhood memories, to look back on, and remember special things we did as a family.

It Feels Like we have Turned the Corner on Summer

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A few short days ago it felt like summer would never end. It now feels like we have turned the corner from summer to Autumn. In the 10 day forecast there are only two days in the 80’s, all the other days are forecasted to be in the upper 60’s to mid 70’s, which should hopefully help with the wildfires burning in the area.

Today was in the mid 70’s, the skies were overcast and it was a bit humid, but other wise was fine. The winds were also calmer, which helped slow the spread of the Eagle Creek Fire. They are saying that the fire won’t be fully contained until sometime in October.

This morning I finished up a pair of socks, which I have been working on for a while, because I have been busy.

I also started another pair of socks. I have enough of the Wonderland Heather left that I am making another pair of Wonderland Heather and Marble Heather socks.

It’s hard to believe that the school year here in Oregon is back in session. It is just one of those things you have to think about when driving through a school zone.

I will be so happy if summer is really over. It is about time for it to be cooler and for the rain to be coming back.

The one nice thing about back to school and this time of year, now that school is in session and stores are trying to make room for the Halloween stuff? Awesome sales on school / work supply stuff like planners and lunch bags.

I had a couple interviews this past Monday, and yes I know it was a holiday. Maybe something will come of one of them. Even part time work is better than nothing. As long as it is honest work, no work is beneath me. I may have a college degree but I am not afraid of hard work, and working my way up from the bottom. I figure that all work experience is good experience and I have learned things from each of the jobs I have had. Everyone one career path and journey is different. If you would have asked me what I wanted to do 10 years ago, it was totally different than me now.

Going Back To School?

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For the past 7 years I have been looking for work, and had several odd jobs over the past 7 years. I began really looking for work while I was in my last term of college.

Now 7 years on, I have really seen the need to have more education in addition to the Bachelors Degree in Social Science that I already have.

At this point in time, I am seriously looking into going back to school. Social Science, especially at the bachelors degree level, without a teaching license, isn’t much use in the current economic climate. There are a couple of career paths I am considering, one is a bit more promising than the other, and I will likely pursue the more promising one. The more promising one, is also the more practical and have a clearer idea of what I need to do to achieve the end goal, which is a career.

My biggest hurdle now, is finding a job I can support myself on, so I can go back to school and further my education.

As of right now, I am looking at getting a second bachelors degree, and then going on and getting a masters degree.

I know I am not saying much about it, and being a bit cryptic. I will write more about about it, when I have more information, and I know for sure what I am going to be doing, and when things are lining up, and falling into place. Going back to school is still very much in the early stages, and there isn’t much to talk about yet.

Future Possibilities 

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The past week or so has been crazy, with family coming to visit, and stuff.

Overnight a storm rolled in, which took out power to many parts of the city, so I am writing this on my phone while I am waiting for the power to come back on. 

Amid the craziness, I feel like I have a direction career wise to work toward. It does involve going back to school and getting a second bachelors degree. My first Bachelors degree wouldn’t be wasted even with getting a second one. Getting the second one would hopefully allow me to tie both together in a career and be able to use both. The second degree I am looking at pursuing, is on the surface and in many ways very different than my first bachelors degree, but those who know me would see how they would both work together in my case. Until I know for sure that I am going back to school and moving, i don’t want to talk too much about it, but I just wanted to share with you all what’s on the radar. 

While there are parts of the Portland Lifestyle and culture that I love, I have known for a good decade that big city life isn’t for me. If it works out to go back to school, I would live in a city 1/4 the size of the city I live in now, and from there I hope to move to a small town or smaller. I know it would be harder with the whole food intolerances thing, but dairy free alternatives and Bob’s Red Mill flours can all be ordered, and a garden can be grown. I would totally make it work, and it would be worth it to live in a small town, and get away from the big city. 

I would also be outdoors more and get to use all my knit wears that I have been working on for the last few years. That also would be amazing. 

Where is Home

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Today was my week day off of work (I work 4 ten hour days). I seriously needed to get out of town for the day. So I drove to the towns I had lived in while I was in college. I had also grabbed lunch while I was in the area and shipped a couple boxes at the post office. 

I don’t know if it is just because I have been away from living there longer than I lived there or because I have changed in the almost 6.5 years I have not lived there, but those two towns are really no longer home for me. They were the home I needed when I was there, and an amazing home they were. I have come to realize that that chapter of my life is closed, and I will always love that area, and it will always have a special place in my heart as the first place that ever felt like home. Now I look back and go visit, I am not really sad about leaving anymore, the sadness for having left is gone. Now I look at it and see how living there changed me, and know that I want to feel about that area being my real home, some place else. I doubt I will ever feel that way about living in the city but I am sure I will feel that way about some place else, when I find the place I am supposed to be. 

I am kind of leaning away from living in the actual valley, mainly because it is typically then warmest and brightest, and I honestly have a hard time with the Heat and bright lights. I know I am Heat and light sensitive, so living in Southern California is definitely out of the question. 

I know I have been back in the city too long when I drive down Main St at like 3:45 on a Friday afternoon and am like “this place is dead”, when I know it’s not, I have just gotten used to the hustle and bustle of Hawthorne, Belmont, and Alberta that are very active throughout the day. Especially this time of year in that town not many people are out walking around at 3:45 on a Friday afternoon. All the college kids are either still in class, gone home for the weekend, studying or hanging out at wherever they are living or at a friend’s place. In small towns like that if the kids aren’t hanging out at a friend’s house they are at home, and there really isn’t much in the way of night life there. 

Yesterday my October Scentsy order arrived which I was and still am excited about since I ordered my first Diffuser and some essential oils and I am so excited to finally try a Diffuser and essential oils. 

I know I talk about it a lot about wanting and needing to live a more natural lifestyle for my own well being. I am not one of those people who shuns modern medicine and all things mainstream. I fully believe in modern medicine (I wouldn’t be alive if I didn’t), but don’t go running to the doctor for every little thing. If there are natural & effective remedies that are also dairy free, that help keep you healthy, help your body fight colds, allergies and such then I will go that route because our bodies are amazing when allowed to recover themselves with natural non synthetic help. 

That is pretty much what was on my mind today. 

Still trying to figure things out

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I can’t seem to get this post written, even though I feel like it should be written.

I have had a lot on my mind today. A lot of has to do with my future and career plans and goals. 

After I had realized that being a teacher wasn’t for me, I became kind of lost in terms of career goals and aspirations. I finished college and got a degree in Social Science with a focus in American History and I minored in literature. It will be 6 years in June that I graduated with my bachelors degree and I still feel as lost as I did then, and I have no idea what career I should have or what I should be working toward. 

Some people know what they want to do as a career from the time they are young, others take some time and figure it out through working several jobs in different industries. 

I know I have said it before that I want to read more books as I still have 7 Outlander books to read, as well as the newest Nicolas Sparks book, and the Game of Thrones books. I was a literature minor in College, because I love reading. Since high school I have started collecting books. I have a whole uhaul electronics box full of books and then I have been buying more since then. 

The six things that are constantly  on my mind are Gluten Free/Dairy Free food, knitting, books, blogging, a home of my own/homemaking and adventures not exactly in that order. I would love to find a way to get paid to do all the above as well as help young women who are or have gone through what I have been through. 

Working with my Hands. 

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For the past nine and a half years I have known nothing but being busy. It really started with college. At first, being that busy, was overwhelming, but then I got used to not having a life. I got used to getting up in the morning, spending the day going to classes, coming home and starting in on assignments. I would have dinner then be back to homework until 10:30 – 11:00 at night, on a good night. My assignments ranged from readings to math homework to science chapter questions, and Research Papers. I can’t forget about all the papers I wrote. During the school year I was constantly busy even on the weekends, and it was normal. 

After college I was at a loss for what to do, as jobs were hard to come by and I really had no direction, so I really got back into knitting and it became one of my passions. Being able to work with my hands and with yarn, making garments that were not only pretty, but functional and useful, I began realizing that I am a doer. I already knew I was a kinesthetic learner. That also has a lot to do with why I love history, especially the history of the early American West, as I could actually go and see the physical remnants of that era, as they still exist or have been restored and preserved. 

I grew my knowledge of knitting by trying new patterns and techniques, and would mess up then try again. I kept at it until I got better at it. My current “challenge project” is learning how to knit socks. I realize that I could go to the store and buy socks for a lot less than what good quality yarn costs, but that defeats the purpose of making my own. More specifically knitting boot socks that aren’t too thick for my boots yet are thick enough to keep my feet warm in the cold weather.  

I also enjoy being outside and working hard, getting fresh air and going to bed tired after a day of being outside. 

It has been a goal of mine to live somewhere, where I could have a garden and have a kitchen where I would be able to can and preserve food for the winter months. That also goes back to History, as women worked hard, had gardens, cooked, cleaned, canned and so much more. 

Lately I have been missing the sense of home I had while I was in college and had my own place. I miss having my own home, and being the woman of the house. The second apartment I had, was most definitely my home. I had decorated it, and had my own set of rules. I could have friends over whenever I wanted and could let them stay the weekend. One of the girls nights I had done, I had fit like 9 girls including myself in my tiny living room for pizza and a movie. It was a blast. 

Adventures have been amazing, to go, see and experience life inside and out of the city, mainly outside though. I have always loved the beach and the sights of the forest covered mountains. I never get tired of either.