It seems as if it was almost yesterday that I graduated from high school. A lost and confused soul trying to figure out which direction I wanted to take my life. About six years ago from today I started my first semester at CCP (Community College of Philadelphia), which is an experience, I will never forget.
During my time at CCP, I never had a stable major or let alone one at all. Because of my uncertainty, I ended up taking one of many basic courses: Liberal Arts. The subjects in the course included your Standard English 098, Algebra, and Psychology. When it came to my Psychology and English 098 classes, I had no problem passing them. Yet on the other hand when it came to Math that was a different story. It always seemed like one minute I would understand how to solve the problem, and then the next minute I would forget everything that my professor had taught me. Almost like I was in high school all over again.
After about a year and a half of taking Liberal Arts and failing miserably at math, I started to feel stressed out. I didn’t know where my life was going anymore and I just needed a break from it all. After taking my hiatus, I decided to take off another semester reassuring myself that this would be the last time. During my time off, I started to reflect upon my life thinking, “ Did I make the right decision to go college”? Even though I desperately wanted to succeed and make my mother proud, I just felt like something was missing.
One day while I was at home writing some poetry, I thought to myself “ That maybe I should become a writer?’’ For a long time I never considered my writing as nothing more than a hobby. I always thought of it as something I was good at and that was that. Until the day when I got my first freelancing gig which not only inspired me to keep on writing, but it also inspired me to start my own blog about 2 years ago.
Since having my blog and becoming a freelance writer, I have been blessed with many opportunities to write for amazing magazines and websites over the years. Opportunities that I know I could have never gotten if it wasn’t for me believing in myself. Yet despite all of the success that I have been able to achieve, there are still some lessons that I have learned that has made me more humble in this career. I have learned to accept the word “No” gracefully and know that sometimes you may have to go through a few “no’s” or rejections to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
I also have learned that having patience is key and that hard work does eventually pay off in time. Even though dropping out of college was not part of the plan, I can finally say that my life is on the right track. I have not only succeeded in my craft, but I have also proved that you can still be successful in life without having a college degree. Because what determines an individual’s success is much more than what you see written on a piece paper. Even though my journey of trying to discover myself took time, it made me realize that you cannot live your life according to other people’s standards or expectations. Whether it may be coming from your family or friends, you have to realize that this is your life and not anybody else’s. Because at the end of the day you only get one life, so why not live it to it’s fullest potential instead of living a life that is scripted?