Something to blog about

photograph used with permission from Tammy and Johnny Salaza, admins. of the Facebook page:  Pensacola LIFE--The Page

Photograph used with permission from Tammy and Johnny Salaza, admins. of the Facebook page: Pensacola LIFE–The Page

So, my search for the right school has come to a close.  I just wish I had known yesterday what I know today.  I spent over an hour on the telephone (and this, from someone who doesn’t even use her cell thirty minutes a month) talking to a recruiter from an online school.  (I won’t mention the name of the school.)  The guy was too conversational, which was a red flag–I don’t trust people that are too friendly, say how much they like me, even though we’ve just met, and over the telephone, at that.  After a laborious process of navigating the school’s website (which was sort of like a PowerPoint presentation), I started to have this bad feeling, which didn’t go away until I met up with the recruiter at Fortis Institute (formerly Capps College) here.

This other recruiter (at least, I’m assuming it was the same guy) called every hour on the hour, according to my caller I.D.  Talk about a waving red flag.

The Fortis campus is just a few minutes up the road from my house, the program is $20K cheaper than the other school’s, and it just felt right.  I will be starting the Medical Billing and Coding program in March <crossing fingers>.

So many years, I’ve avoided college because I didn’t think I was smart enough.  I took an assessment test today at the facility and the recruiter told me I had to score at least a 13.  I scored a 31, and she told me a score over 30 was almost unheard of.  I needed that boost of confidence.  Math (the kind that mixes letters and numbers) has always been the bane of my educational existence.  That’s why I didn’t stick with college, because I knew to get my degree, I would have to pass it, and I was so convinced I wouldn’t be able to.  I know it won’t be easy, but I also know if I try hard (and focus) enough, I can at least pass it.  If only I had known at twenty-two what I know at thirty-two…

I was one of those lazy people who only wanted to do what came easy, assuming that all those who got Master’s degrees didn’t have to work as hard as I did to get an A.  I look at this new chapter of my life as a challenge–a challenge to work my brain in a different way, perhaps even help me hone my creativity even more.  I am a big believer in simplifying our lives in any ways we can (for example, I have a housecleaning schedule I stick to, which helps, because I am forgetful, and I don’t have any more bath towels or dinner plates than I need), but that doesn’t mean we need to be simple-minded.  We should all be lifelong learners.

The biggest catalyst/inspiration in making this decision was my daughter.  Of course, I am doing this for myself, too (she was just the final push), but I want to be an example to her that you’re never too old and it’s never too late to learn a new skill, to better ourselves, to work towards financial peace.  For so long, I’ve worked low-wage restaurant and retail jobs, where most bosses, especially if you do a good job, would prefer to hold you back so they can keep you where they want you.  In getting an education, proving my worth, I will be bypassing all that.  I like to shop and eat, but I don’t want to work in those kinds of settings.  Those jobs are fine, as long as they’re temporary, and you’re working towards something.  I think one can actually have more enthusiasm for a job like that if they know it’s only temporary, that better things are coming.

Having this program of study under my belt will also give me the confidence I need to look for that job, be proud of my resume, not be nervous at an interview, etc.

I can finally see what is at the light of the end of the tunnel, a path which has shortened considerably, now that I know what I want to do.

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