Follow me on my journey to earning a teaching degree at WGU Indiana. I'm not your typical young student! I am beginning my journey at the age of 42, with 4 children and working hard to achieve my dream. I began my quest for education at WGU on October 1st, 2010.

Monday, August 22, 2011

I'm Still Chugging Alone

I'm still chugging along! My hope of adding another course this term is becoming a reality. I take my test on the U.S. Constitution next week. Wish me luck!

I have to say that I've enjoyed this course, and learned a lot too. It is incredible when you think how our founding fathers created and established our country. Many years ago I had the pleasure of visiting Washington D.C. and it was truly a dream come true for me. I did the whole tourist thing and strolled through the White House, sat on the front porch of General Washington's home, viewed the Declaration of Independence and was humbled by rows and rows of stone in Arlington National Cemetery. It was all so amazing to me, and someday I hope to take my children there.

I was raised by the God, Country and Apple Pie mentality. My father fought with the 1st Calvary in Korea at Pork Chop Hill and my brother served in the Navy and in the National Guard in Iraq. In addition, my other brother served in the army and my own husband served in the Marine Corps for 10 years. Coming from a family with such a military history has always taught me to respect and appreciate the men and women who keep us free. Studying how our country came to be was more of a pleasure than a homework assignment for me. I thought I knew a lot already, but I learned so much more this term.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Open up and say Ahhhh

Wow, I knew school would be a challenge but I never thought my health would be one of the foremost ones that I would have to face while juggling school. So far I have managed a surgery last term, and one this term with several bouts of colitis during both terms.

I am recovering well from hernia surgery. Unfortunately a couple of days post op I suffered a severe colitis attack, that sent me crawling to the emergency room. Now bear in mind I have had 4 children. Three of those children were regular births without a drop of pain medicine. But this colitis attack was worse than any labor pains I have ever experienced. It was for lack of a better word, awful. I hope to never experience that much pain in my life again.

I guess in a way all my health issues have taught me a valuable lesson. I need to take care of myself first if I want to finish school. I need to keep myself healthy, take time out for me, and not stress the small stuff.