Education & The Power to Change… My Journey to Now

I was that annoying girl who loved high school. Correction: I was that even more annoying girl who loved going to school because she got to see all of her friends and be social and hang out and talk through her classes. I rarely missed school because I feared missing out on some important social event. I loved most of my teachers, I loved pep rallies and school events, and even though I was in detention most Saturdays or afternoons for dress-code violations, I otherwise followed the rules, was super-friendly and bubbly and did I mention, probably annoying to everyone who wasn’t.

I did okay with a low B average, but I could have done better if I applied myself even just a little but everything else was just more important. When it came time for college, I knew I wasn’t going. There was no money for college in my family. And really, there was no big importance put on continuing my education either. And since there was no push for college, there was no incentive for me to even think about scholarships or financial aid. Even though I attended a private, college-prep high school that I worked to help pay for, I knew University wasn’t in my future. I didn’t even take my SATs because I thought “What’s the point?”

My plan was to go to a junior college, graduate with an associate’s degree and then transfer to a state college. Four years later, I was still taking only electives at that junior college and had only taken one class to fulfill my general ed courses: Environmental Science. I loved that class. In fact, it was that teacher and that class that prompted me to start my little eco company, beSmart beGreen almost ten years later.

My major{s} changed so many times that I honestly think I took just about every elective course that was offered. I began in fashion and interior design and worked to gain certificates in both majors but changed my mind one class short of getting certified in either. I was a pseudo-working actor at the time {commercials really only, but they were paying the bills} so I decided that I’d go for a degree in broadcasting and journalism, then theatre acting, then art, then business, then marketing… and so on and so forth. I’m telling you, I took so many classes because I just wanted to take them to learn and was so committed to it, I was an A student in everything but pattern-making. But I just couldn’t see myself actually finishing with a degree and heading anywhere else.

At around the same time I started teaching myself how to build websites. I bought a few books and used a friend’s company as a guinea pig and in 1997 became a freelance web designer. Remember what websites looked like back in 1997? I took a graphic design course at UCLA to learn Photoshop, Illustrator, and at the time, Quark. But I already had a strong understanding of Photoshop just by playing around with the program and learning by trial and error. I’m of the belief that college isn’t for everybody, but I’m a very good “self-teacher” and would consider myself a lifelong learner. I love learning new things and I’m constantly on the hunt for knowledge.

Because I’m of a creative mind, type-A personality, perfectionist, with an artist’s brain, this way of learning in life has worked for me. Even though I had the basic skills that made becoming a blogger in the beginning easy, in the past 5 years I’ve become a better writer and photographer, and have gained so many new skills in this new and developing profession, I wouldn’t even know how to categorize what I actually do on a resume. It’s so much! My “just do it/trial and error approach” to so many things in life really allows me to jump, take a risk and try anything that makes my insides electric with excitement. And since I cannot leave a job unfinished, I will continue working on it until it is complete no matter how many scratches I get along the way.

However, finishing college was still not the priority as everything else has become in my life. Do I regret not finishing? Sometimes, yes. But since I don’t feel like not having a degree has held me back because of who I am, it’s the little things about it that irk me, like not getting “the college experience” that all my friends had or the smug bragging rights about what University I went to. But what’s amazing is that I can go back now if I really wanted to and even take courses online to get my degree… and who knows, I just might.

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I decided to interview my friend Alison, who in the last few years went back to school for her Master’s in Psychology, and though she’s not currently working in the field, had some really great responses to my questions about continuing her education. Read below…

1. Why did you decide to go back to school? And what did you go back specifically for? I am the kind of person who needs to be involved in many different tasks. I currently work in TV and at the time I was searching for more of a passion-filled job. I have been battling with an eating disorder for the majority of my life and have been in psychotherapy for it. I went back to school to obtain my Master’s in Psychology in order to help people who have been struggling with eating disorders as well.

2. Was it a challenge to decide to take on such a big commitment with a full-time job and a family? It was definitely a challenge to juggle both work and school, especially being that my job was not a typical 9a-5p type of job. But, the school offered all-day long Saturday classes and a few night classes during the week. The second year of school, I was pregnant and working on my internship. So, basically, I was working two jobs, pregnant and going to school and studying. It was an insane amount of work. I would find myself almost falling asleep on my way from my TV job to my internship. Although, I have to say Saturday classes were typically fun. Which made it easier for me.

3. How has your education added to your life? Whether it be what you learned about yourself through the process or how it empowers you now. The education required for an MA in Psychology with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy required me to get real with myself and really understand how I got to where I am and all the obstacles that lead me to the field of psychology. The education really changed my marriage, for the better, and provided me with so much more insight and clarity into who I was as a person. Having this knowledge also has benefited my husband and me as parents.

4. Are you working in the field now? Have you worked in the past {and it’s over now?} What are your goals for the future? Are you happy with where you’re at, even if you’ve decided not to continue with the career? I am unfortunately, not working in the field as a psychotherapist currently. I am working as adjunct faculty at the Graduate school that I went to. I would like to be working as a therapist. However, for financial reasons I cannot just yet. I worked in the field during my internship and still need quite a bit of hours to obtain licensure. I look forward to the time when I can focus primarily on working with eating disorders.

5. Did you use any social media groups or networks and how were they beneficial during your education and after? I use LinkedIn and Facebook to stay connected to the field and people that I have met.

6. Explain why getting an education is important to you and if you’d consider more school? For me personally, education and hands on learning are extremely important because of the types of jobs that I am interested in. You must have the knowledge to do them. I am always considering going back to school to learn other things. We are a work in progress and learning more never hurt anyone!

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133 Comments

  • Kee

    March 7, 2013 |

    I graduated with a psych degree and knew I wasn’t destined for Grad school, so I immediately went into the workforce. In 7 1/2 years I have had different jobs in different areas and have finally settled with a non-profit. I think the fact that I didn’t pigeon hole myself with grad school helped me be able to go where my heart took me.

  • Ashley Elizabeth

    March 7, 2013 |

    I too was only 1 course, my internship to finish my program and get my degree. I am contacting my University to try and do my internship this summer in order to get my degree. I also have that in my head.. the “I didn’t actually finish” stigma. I want to be free of that and actually get my degree. ITS NEVER TOO LATE!!

    XOXO,
    Ashley

  • jenn~the stylish housewife

    March 7, 2013 |

    i really loved this post. mostly because i could totally relate. well, except for the loving school part. lol. but i went to a jr college and only took electives. and when my only classes were ceramics (yes, ceramics) and human sexuality (which i took with my then bf so we always got picked on)…my dad decided he was not going to pay for my education anymore. i went back for one more class (an english course if i can even remember correctly) but i just had no interest at the time. i also do not feel it held me back. i ended up working on wall street at goldman sachs and also at morgan stanley for YEARS with only a high school diploma. i am exactly where i am meant to be in life. but sometimes i do WISH i could go back to school…but only for electives…lol….photography, graphic design, etc.

    p.s. suddenly i wish i was using proper capitalization and such in this comment. LOL

    xoxo, jenn
    the stylish housewife

  • Mami2jcn

    March 7, 2013 |

    Even though I’m a stay at home mom now, I am really proud of the undergraduate and graduate degrees I earned. I think it sets a good example for my children to follow.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

  • Mami2jcn

    March 7, 2013 |
  • Anonymous

    March 7, 2013 |

    Sometimes/Many times taking ‘electives’ that you thoroughly enjoy is the best education in the long run. Because you have enjoyed those classes, you will instantly recall the information/knowledge when you need it. Whatever you have done, it worked out very well for you! A well-rounded person is the person who thoroughly enjoys her eventual profession.

  • Anonymous

    March 7, 2013 |

    I have plenty of friends whose grades were “C” average in high school and who are extremely successful financially and, more important, in the happiness in their lives today. The secret is ‘ambition’. The drive to improve ourselves.

  • Elizabeth

    March 7, 2013 |
  • Elizabeth

    March 7, 2013 |

    Education has shown me that there are always options and new paths to explore.

  • kellyr78

    March 7, 2013 |

    Education has given me the power to change because after attaining my MBA, many doors were opened in the workplace. This allowed me to move up within my career (which I will eventually return to) and have my ideas and opinions heard.

    kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

  • kellyr78

    March 7, 2013 |
  • laroyal

    March 7, 2013 |

    Such an amazing post! I earned my degree in Biochemistry and while I learned a ton about science, the biggest thing I gained from my degree was self confidence and how to assert myself in this tough world!

  • Elena

    March 8, 2013 |

    My education gave me an opportunity to help people stay healthy

    elena150980@yahoo.com

  • Elena

    March 8, 2013 |
  • ellie

    March 8, 2013 |

    I was pregnant with my third son while finishing my first semester of college courses. I thought it was important to finish no matter how hard it was at the time. It helped me get a good job afterward getting my degree and give my kids a better life

  • ellie

    March 8, 2013 |
  • Elizabeth Owensby

    March 8, 2013 |

    I was very lucky to have a high school physics teacher that saw my potential and encouraged me to study engineering. Only 10 years and 3 jobs later, I can say I have my dream job. I am a project engineer at a non-profit research firm in the power industry. The work I do has the possibility to better an industry that touches almost everyone. To this day I’m so thankful that I listened to that teacher that encouraged me to choose this path!

  • Emily D

    March 8, 2013 |

    my own education has been a great experience and it has inspired me to become a teacher and change students’ perspectives of school from negative to positive. love your blog!

  • Timbo

    March 8, 2013 |

    I will finish my master degree from Economics and Management in Public Administration in a few months. Sometimes i´m in doubt and so tired from all the exams, but i´m very glad i had the chance to educate myself, because a lot people don´t have the opportunity to do so. I hope i can get a better job in the future and my study was worth it. 🙂

  • akronugurl

    March 8, 2013 |

    im a stay at home mom and i like to go back to school

    freebiel0ve@yahoo.com

  • akronugurl

    March 8, 2013 |
  • astr!d

    March 8, 2013 |

    education is never a waste! i graduated college with b.s., double minor, and associates degree in 2002. i’ve been stuck behind my desk in my solo office, scanning patients MRI’s for the last 10 years and i’m soooooo tired! i want a change, a creative job, a wardrobe of work clothes instead of scrubs. i would love to get my non traditional teaching license and teach high school art. that’s a huge jump from medical. but i would love it!!!

  • Anonymous

    March 8, 2013 |

    I have regretted not finishing college almost every day of my life. Not because I don’t have a wonderful life, and not because I don’t have a job I love, but because, in my opinion, education = options. I believe that having a degree will give a person options that they otherwise may not have had.

    Jen
    cliffennifer[at]roadrunner[dot]com

  • Georgina Castellucci

    March 8, 2013 |

    I love this post (and the more personal details you shared with us!)

    My education was so crucial to me, my parents pushed me to do well all throughout middle and high school. I graduated with a great GPA despite putting too much effort into school as I was more interested in reading the books I preferred, playing sports and hanging out with friends.

    When I got to college on a partial scholarship everything changed. My sociology and philosophy lectures shaped my way of thinking and I was inspired by one professor in particular. I owe SO much to my professors (particularly my skill in writing) and am so grateful. I do wish to continue with more writing, photography, journalism and business courses!

  • Nichole

    March 8, 2013 |

    I also LOVED High School! I got really good grades and fortunately, school always came very easy to me. Going to college was definitely expected in my family, I am the youngest of 6 and out of all of my sibings, I only have 1 that did not attend college. I went to Junior college and then eventually to a University to finish my Bachelor’s degree in Human Services. While I am not using my degree, and will probably be paying off my student loan for the rest of my life, I am grateful for the education because it helped me figure out what was important to me in my life and what I wanted to do as a career. Now I just need the money to fulfill those dreams 🙂

  • onehourgirl

    March 9, 2013 |

    Coming from a hard working, modest family, seeing my mom work 3 jobs, and my dad work physically hard in his farm to give us 3 girls a decent life, my nly choice was to study.I became the youngest surgeon to graduate from my program, and now enjoy my work very much. I have a growing practice, and I am able to give back to my parents and take care of them in their senior years.

  • Rachel

    March 9, 2013 |

    I attended a university for a year, and had to stop because my parents couldn’t afford it. I ended up going to a technical school for a year and got a job in the healthcare field, intending to go back and put myself through college. Well, I ended up getting married and starting a family instead, which put my education on hold. I chose to stay at home and raise my children rather than returning to work or school. A few years ago, I went through a divorce, and that was my inspiration to stop wishing that I had finished my degree; I took action and started taking classes (at Kaplan, actually :)). I am now two terms from completing my Bachelors degree, and I am setting a great example for my kids. It’s never too late to go back to school!

  • susan1215

    March 9, 2013 |

    My education empowered me to make choices, which definitely changed my life. I have chosen to stay home with my children now and when they are older and in school I can choose to work part or full time. I have more choices with the education I have.

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

  • susan1215

    March 9, 2013 |
  • Jessica

    March 10, 2013 |

    After finishing college in 2.5 years with my bachelors, I was able to get a lot of great experience and will go back for an advanced degree eventually.

    jessicarwarfield at gmail dot com

  • Jessica

    March 10, 2013 |

    I tweeted too
    https://twitter.com/jessrwarfield/status/310777000820350976

    jessicarwarfield at gmail dot com

  • Allison Downes

    March 10, 2013 |

    Education has given me more opportunities, opened doors, helped me make better choices, and it sets a great example for my kids

    Thank you for the great giveaway!

    lola_violets_2010 at yahoo dot com

  • Allison Downes

    March 10, 2013 |

    Tweeted:
    https://twitter.com/Giveawayhog/status/310784403766931456

    lola_violets_2010 at yahoo dot com

  • Lisa Brown

    March 11, 2013 |

    Higher education, and my business degree, opened many doors for me and opportunities, which allowed me much
    personal growth and change.
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

  • Lisa Brown

    March 11, 2013 |

    2nd entry tweet – https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/311235416688828416
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

  • Andrea J

    March 12, 2013 |

    Graduating high school i had no idea what i wanted to do. I went to a University for a year and a half and still had no clue so i took a semester off. I finally graduated from another college after many student loans with a graphic design degree. Now i am 36 years old, married and I have a 4 year old daughter and i finally know what I want to be. I am in the process of going back to school to be an RN. I want to work with children with cancer. I now know what I was meant to do. I am just finishing up my pre-reqs and January of 2014 i will start the two and a half year program. I will still be working full time and going to class at night and on the weekends. It is going to be crazy hard but i know in my heart that this is my calling. i have never been more excited!!

    a_siwinski@yahoo.com

  • Ginger

    March 12, 2013 |

    Education has given me the power to change because it has opened up my mind to the options available to me. I know what I want to do, and education has given me the skills to do so.

    Plus, education can never be taken away from you!

  • Ginger

    March 12, 2013 |
  • JC

    March 12, 2013 |

    Higher education has given me more choices of life and work, I am able to do what I love while earning the living.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

  • JC

    March 12, 2013 |
  • Alexandra Alvarez

    March 13, 2013 |

    I knew from very early on that I wanted to be a psychologist and through investing in my education I am on my way to fulfilling that dream

  • rachel

    March 13, 2013 |

    It helps me pay the bills and stay out of debt! A good degree can equal a good job.

  • Jen Ell

    March 13, 2013 |

    I earned a degree in elementary education and quickly learned I hated teaching, so I there I was stuck with a degree I didn’t want. I went back to school and got my MBA in advertising and marketing and haven’t set foot in a classroom in about 8 years.

  • merle

    March 13, 2013 |

    my engineer degree helped me find a better job
    navygravY@hotmail.com

  • merle

    March 13, 2013 |
  • Kelly Massman

    March 17, 2013 |

    Education gives me the power to realize that I have talent and that I can stick to something so I’m not afraid to try new things. 🙂 Thanks for a chance to win and have a great day!
    kmassmanATgmailDOTcom

  • Anonymous

    March 18, 2013 |
  • Loretta

    March 18, 2013 |

    Booo. Not valid in Canada? ;(

  • Dee

    March 18, 2013 |

    Education has always been important, but I agree with you that sometimes it is the skills of an individual that speaks more to their ability to do a job than a degree. I have a college degree in writing, and have worked in my field since graduation, however I think that I have learned more in the work force than in 4 years of continued education. Thanks for the chance to win.

    Dbyrne1[at]gmail[dot]com

  • Gina Wildorchid

    March 19, 2013 |

    Having an education took me from being a secretary to an accountant! It really gives you a chance to boost your career and definitely gave me more options.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    wildorchid985 @ gmail dot com

  • Gina Wildorchid

    March 19, 2013 |

    tweet–https://twitter.com/WildOrchid985/status/314022533445849089

  • LivisMom216

    March 20, 2013 |

    I am currently 27 years old and after 4 years, $40k+ in student loans, and a BA in Communication I wasn’t heading in the direction I wanted. I graduated college right at the economic down turn and got so tired of having doors slammed in my face. I vowed to go back and get my masters so I can fully pursue the hospitality management industry with knowledge and experience. I am currently getting my masters and have never felt more in charge of my life or career as I do now. With a renewed sense of empowerment (the birth of my daughter is partly responsible), I feel more ready to keep my foot in the doorway so now one can close it on me again! Here is my URL to my tweet!

    email: mzmia85@hotmail.com

    https://twitter.com/Mzmia85/status/314478200250064897

  • Amy

    March 21, 2013 |

    When I was still in college, I worked as a customer service rep. There were many procedures not done right in the department. After I graduated, I was promoted to be the supervisor. I was able to make those changes and make the team better.

    So, education has given me the power to change, and make things better for the team and the company.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  • Amy

    March 21, 2013 |
  • wigget

    March 21, 2013 |

    education has given me the self-confidence to try for the top

  • clc408

    March 21, 2013 |

    Education has given me a satisfying career and financial independence.

  • clc408

    March 21, 2013 |
  • sarah

    March 22, 2013 |

    Education has given me a strong foundation and I feel like I can make solid decisions. I can also make persuasive arguments when needed to push a bit of change along.
    stigay at comcast.net

  • Rebecca Graham

    March 23, 2013 |

    Education has given me the power to make the right choices in my life.

    rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

  • Ashlee~Shevonne

    March 24, 2013 |

    Gosh, I LOVED this post & can relate on so many levels!

    There was no money in my family for college and I ended up joining the reserves to help pay for the expensive art school I had been accepted into for architecture. After returning from training I never attended the school but instead spent a year and a half changing majors and ruining my GPA. I decided to stop school and take a break which led to 2 deployments in Iraq. While I was at war all of my friends got their degrees and yes, I felt like I had missed out. In 2007 my lightbulb turned on and my passion for fashion was brought to my attention. This was prior to the second deployment but upon returning I signed up for sewing classes while working full time at a mortgage company. The corporate job drained the life out of me and I made the bold move of quitting that job for a retail job and going back to collage at 26. 2 years later I earned my BFA in fashion marketing and design and brought my GPA up from I won’t even say to a 3.86 (& I was pregnant in my last 2 quarters). Currently, I am due to deliver my child any day and not yet working in fashion but I do feel good about my degree. I look forward to getting back to work. Like Maegan, I love to learn and self teach and I got a great deal of knowledge from my own research and drive. Still, I can’t deny what quitting that deathly boring mortgage job and going back to school did for my life. I’m so excited and confident that I will spend the rest of my life making a living doing what I love! I’ve also learned the importance of being in tune with yourself and your surroundings. What you love and what moves you. I intend to pay good attention to my son’s strengths and interests and nurture them to the fullest extent while encouraging him to become educated in what he loves most.

  • MCantu1019

    March 24, 2013 |

    Education has given me the choice to stay at home if I decide to.
    MCantu1019 at aol dot com

  • Çağla Yılmaz Bayar

    March 24, 2013 |

    Hi Maegan,
    I have a master degree from Business Quantitative Methods.Last year,I worked as planning spacialist but today I can say easly “I am a dessert designer”.Am I regret to waste my time at Business school? No ,definetly not because my master degree gives me a self confidence and power !Nowadays, I try marketing my desserts from my home and design personel cakes,cupcakes and cookies.My business skills support my sweetart skills.I hope, this mixtures will give me succesfull.
    Kindly Regards

  • Tamar

    March 24, 2013 |

    my education has gotten me inspired to go into a field i love and have been extremely successful at!!!
    tamarsweeps-at-gmail-dot-com

  • Stephanie

    March 25, 2013 |

    Education (and putting myself through undergrad at UC Berkeley and graduate school) is the whole reason I have a career, am confident and diverse, and can lead my family and career in forward motions — to change whenever life demands it!
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

  • sy

    March 26, 2013 |

    I’m in the us because of my job which I got because of my education, I’m very happy with my life in the us and very happy with my education 😀

  • sy

    March 26, 2013 |
  • jakiesmom

    March 27, 2013 |

    it gave me the ability to walk into job interviews knowing i know my stuff and have a degree to back it and that i can aim high
    nannypanpan@gmail.com

  • danw78704

    March 27, 2013 |

    twitted this today, 27/03
    http://www.twitter.com/myspotme

  • Mysharona

    March 27, 2013 |

    It allows me to be able to run my own business successfully.

  • ky2here

    March 27, 2013 |

    College opened me up to the idea that people have different opinions and can all be correct in their own way.

  • ky2here

    March 27, 2013 |
  • SolDucky

    March 27, 2013 |

    Education has given me the power to change by exposing me to many people from very different backgrounds and lifestyles, with differing viewpoints, and helped me learn how to not just coexist with them but be in community with them as well.

  • SolDucky

    March 27, 2013 |
  • Valerie Taylor Mabrey

    March 27, 2013 |

    It has given me the courage to try
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

  • peg42

    March 27, 2013 |

    Educations has given me confidence to change jobs.
    Thanks so much.
    rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

  • peg42

    March 27, 2013 |

    Tweeted:https://twitter.com/peg42/status/317033879938670592
    Thanks so much.
    rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

  • ms-texas

    March 28, 2013 |

    by giving me a good job that i love for almost 26 years!

    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot)com

  • ms-texas

    March 28, 2013 |

    i tweeted here:

    https://twitter.com/bellows22/status/317134745471434752

    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot)com

  • April

    March 28, 2013 |

    Except for typing, all of my computer skills have been learned on the fly, in a must get this done now just keep playing with it until it works manner. Unfortunately, that means I have huge gaps in my skillset and would love to be more self reliant when it comes to handling computer problems or installing new hardware or just using my programs more efficiently. I’m planning on taking some courses to help with that shortly and if they go well, I might just change careers!

  • Meggiedarlin

    March 28, 2013 |

    My education has lead me to my current job where I help thousands of college students finance their educations.

    ighmeg at yahoo dot com

  • Susan

    March 28, 2013 |

    Education is a must to get a good paying job in this job market these day. I want to thank you for this awesome sweep and hope to win 🙂 It sure helped me. Thanks !!! corrysue@yahoo.com

  • Min K

    March 28, 2013 |

    My education is mostly out of the classroom but powerful just the same.

  • Min K

    March 28, 2013 |
  • Lynn

    March 29, 2013 |

    Both of my parents are immigrants. I am a first generation college student studying healthcare. I hope to change the world by helping patients get better and providing for my parents so they can have the retirement they deserve.

    rawrms at gmail dot com

  • bbrittbrat1398

    March 29, 2013 |

    My college experience has taught me very important life lessons. My education also opened new doors for me in my career.
    bbrittbrat1398@yahoo.com

  • Janna Johnson

    March 29, 2013 |

    My social work degree gives me the power to help others change their lives.
    Thanks! Janna JOhnson jannajanna@hotmail.com janna@feedyourpig on gfc

  • Anash

    March 29, 2013 |

    Education has given me the power to adapt to the changing landscape of the workforce which is less manufacturing and more computer know how.
    Thanks for a super giveaway!
    My email: anashct1 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  • Anash

    March 29, 2013 |

    Tweeted:
    https://twitter.com/anashct3/status/317521944167727104
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    email: anashct1 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  • angie lilly

    March 29, 2013 |

    Before college, I pretty much believed what anyone told me. I was very naive. After and during college, I learned that a lot of what I was raised to believe was not only false but extremely biased and based in bigotry. College changed me into someone that does not judge others based on religion, race, sexual orientation, or anything else if I can help it!
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

  • angie lilly

    March 29, 2013 |

    I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/MsTofuFairy/status/317675200072282112
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

  • Tamar

    March 29, 2013 |

    Education has empowered me to be my own boss and succeed.
    tamarsweeps-at-gmail-dot-com

  • Anonymous

    March 30, 2013 |

    I was the first in my family to get a college education, and I am so glad I did. I was formerly a spec. ed. teacher and now a school psychologist. Without higher education, I would not have the opportunity to work at a job I love. I get to inspire kids everyday. Life is good.

    seanm 1999 at hotmail dot com

  • Kim (Randominities)

    March 30, 2013 |

    Education has given me the power to be the main earner in my house after the recession knocked my husband out of a good job.

    I have a 2 yr degree that pays better than some 4 yr degrees. I’m lucky that it’s also a job I really love doing.

  • Kim (Randominities)

    March 30, 2013 |
  • Erica Best

    March 30, 2013 |

    higher learn is the best think u can for u and ur family because it make ur life easier in the long run

  • Erica Best

    March 30, 2013 |
  • slehan

    March 30, 2013 |

    At age 64 I continue to take classes and learn new things. Lately it’s been about essential oils and gardening.
    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

  • slehan

    March 30, 2013 |
  • Charity/CC

    March 31, 2013 |

    Education can open so many doors in your life.

    ccboobooy at gmail dot com

  • Charity/CC

    March 31, 2013 |
  • brendaelsner

    March 31, 2013 |

    Education has opened many doors for me and given me many different opportunities to choose from.

  • Angel Jacklyn

    March 31, 2013 |

    Optional tweet entry… https://twitter.com/kytah00/status/318216156500602880

    kytah00 (AT) yahoo (DOT) com

  • Angel Jacklyn

    March 31, 2013 |

    Education has brought me further in life & given me faith in what I do! kytah00 (AT) yahoo (DOT) com

  • Anonymous

    March 31, 2013 |

    education has led me into my field of helping others. Without it, I do not think I would have had so much direction jen gersch intime@myself.com

  • Anonymous

    March 31, 2013 |
  • BusyWorkingMama

    March 31, 2013 |

    I get 40 hours of professional education each year to maintain my CPA. Having a CPA in the accounting world allows me a multitude of career options.
    aleksnearing gmail com

  • miriama

    March 31, 2013 |

    Going to college gave me control over my life and self-esteem.

  • miriama

    March 31, 2013 |
  • Nancy Hall

    March 31, 2013 |

    Education has opened many doors for me. It also gave me the confidence to strike out on my own and know that I will always be able to support myself.

  • Nancy Hall

    March 31, 2013 |
  • pauline15

    March 31, 2013 |

    I didn’t take the easy way of obtaining my college education, but my company was really supportive, paid most of my tuition and allowed me to attend toward the end during work hours. It’s allowed me the ability to get some increases in pay and promotions into management positions. As a single mom, it’s great knowing that I can support my family on my own.

  • daveshir2005

    March 31, 2013 |

    My education has given me the power to have choices at many different jobs

    daveshir2005@yahoo.com

  • Whitney

    March 31, 2013 |
  • Whitney

    March 31, 2013 |

    I chose to go to college to strengthen my knowledge, and in turn it has given me the power to give an even better life for myself than I imagined.

  • Gianna

    March 31, 2013 |

    It helped me be more organized.

  • lmurley2000

    March 31, 2013 |

    i went back to school and got a degree it was hard for me but i’m glad that i done it

    lmurley2000@yahoo.com

  • lmurley2000

    March 31, 2013 |
  • Nicole Larsen

    March 31, 2013 |

    Education has given me power to be a veterinary technician. I am a stay at home mom now but attended college for a vet tech, so if i choose to go back I can!

    pittsy82@hotmail.com

  • Nicole Larsen

    March 31, 2013 |
  • Tabathia

    March 31, 2013 |

    It helped me gain marketable job skills which enabled me to get a great job
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  • Tabathia

    March 31, 2013 |
  • Katharina

    March 31, 2013 |

    Education has given me the power to change because of the self confidence I’ve found because of it.
    Katharina angelsandmusic[at]gmail[dot]com

  • IcyPinkLemonade

    March 31, 2013 |

    The company I work for you can’t have any job above entry level without a degree, no matter your skills

  • /\Heather/\

    March 31, 2013 |

    My education has prepared me for change, since life is about change. Once you know that change is inevitable, you won’t be so surprised and unprepared.

  • /\Heather/\

    March 31, 2013 |
  • MANDY83

    April 1, 2013 |

    I’m going to school now to be a rad tech. It’s a two year program and its hard, I’m not going to lie. Thankfully I graduate in May but I’ve gotten to know myself better during this program than I ever have before and I think its made me stronger and a little more confident.

    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

  • MANDY83

    April 1, 2013 |
  • smilekisses

    April 1, 2013 |

    Education gave me the options for my future. Although I didn’t use it the way I intended.
    dolniaks at consolidated dot net

  • smilekisses

    April 1, 2013 |
  • Thomas Murphy

    April 1, 2013 |

    education has opened the door to many unexpected opportunities for me.

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

  • Thomas Murphy

    April 1, 2013 |
  • Jill H

    April 1, 2013 |

    Education gave me the opportunity to get a higher paying job when I got out of school

  • Burgh Baby

    April 2, 2013 |

    A little hard work and a lot of education is how I managed to climb out of the trailer park and into a beautiful home.