Week #25: Education.
I’m incredibly grateful for the education that I have received. I was so fortunate that my parents picked an excellent school district when we moved to Chesapeake. Overall, I had really good experiences throughout elementary, middle, and high school. I think fondly of many teachers that I had over the years!
After high school graduation, I was one of the very few that didn’t have to take out any loans to be able to earn my college degree. I don’t say this to brag, not at all – I say this out of incredible gratitude to my parents, who worked so hard to help me get a great education from Longwood. I have multiple family members, co-workers, and countless friends that have student loan debt. That makes me sad! It also makes me angry. Higher education has changed so much, and it’s even changed in the six years since I graduated.
Now, I’m grateful that I have a job that offers educational assistance to its employees! I have used it for several semesters, and it has been a significant benefit. I’m almost done with my Paralegal Studies degree after nearly five years.
I can’t say enough good things about the quality of the education that I have had over the years. With that said, I’m inspired by countless others and their stories.
- The ones that have worked multiple jobs plus loans to pay for their education themselves
- The ones that raise or have raised children while working full-time and attending classes
- The ones that work tirelessly for years to educate themselves in the field that they are passionate about.
- The ones that go for the Ph.D.
- The ones that simply have a high school diploma and are just amazing husbands/wives, mothers/fathers, hard workers, volunteers, and so much more than their educational experiences.
My hat goes off to you all!
Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂