Well, it's official, I've been accepted into the University of Central Florida's College of Graduate Studies...looks like I'm heading back to school this fall. See?
Why, you ask? First, some back story...
I graduated high school in 2006 and started off at UCF as a Creative Writing major. After a semester I switched to Liberal Studies focusing on Journalism, Women's Issues, and Middle Eastern Politics. The next year I changed to an Art History major and remained happily so for the next year of class (although my grades may say otherwise...)
I went overseas for a summer in 2008 and came back realizing I wasn't happy in school at all. I changed things around so much because I honestly dislike institutionalized learning. And so the whole fall semester after my trip I sincerely contemplated dropping out of school all together. Maybe I wouldn't have a degree, but I had been working since age 12 and had plenty of experience in that department making me a valuable employee.
I don't make major life decisions without consulting people I trust, though. And many advised that I find some way to finish up my schooling and get some kind of paper that would state that I went beyond high school level. My mentor from my summer trip steered me toward seminary. John and I knew that we wanted to do missions full-time in the near future, and we knew that a certain amount of seminary credit would be required. Finally I found a purpose in my learning. I transferred out of UCF and into Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBA) to finish through and accelerated bible degree program. It killed "two pigs with one bird," enabling me to get that piece of paper, and finish all the hours I would need so I could hop onto the mission field asap. I graduated last December (2010).
So here I am again, a hater of the institution, signing up to be a part of one a second time. Why? Well, I work at UCF, and I get wicked awesome discounts on grad classes (6 credit hours per semester FREE!) So I'm seizing the opportunity to gain yet another tool that I can use overseas...a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) grad certificate. It's 12 credit hours, and at a pace of one class per semester, it will take me until the Fall of 2012 to complete it. Not bad at all. I'm actually a little excited about it, not because I enjoy writing papers and reading lifeless text books, but because I believe God has plans to use the certificate once I'm done to pour into the lives of kids and adults overseas...and that's all the motivation I need.
Question of the Day:
Did you ever consider dropping out of school? What kept you going?
How's life as a drop out? ;-)