Ten years ago, I had started classes at Iona College. It was amazing. I loved everything about it. I had three absolutely amazing years of my life making countless friendships and memories that I will cherish for the rest of my life.
I didn’t finish my degree. Everyone kept telling me, that I would probably never go back to school once I left, and for a really long time, it seemed like that was going to be true. I just wasn’t putting in the effort needed and I didn’t have the drive and so I thought those three years of college classes and tests and academics were just going to be a part of my past.
Eventually I decided that I didn’t want to quit or give up. I had promised myself when I left Iona in 2009 that I would finish my college degree for myself. That it was an important goal and something that I refused to sacrifice just because I chose to have a child and move home and change the path I was on.
” You cannot fail unless you quit, so don’t quit. “
Let’s fast forward to today. This is my first day of classes for what I like to call, my very super senior year. In the past 10 years I have learned more about myself and taught myself so much about what it truly means to not give up.