Your mom went to community college

After I graduated from high school, I was offered a full-ride scholarship to a local community college. It wasn't exactly what I had imagined, but it was the best opportunity available at the time. My scholarship paid for tuition AND books, which meant that I was able to get my pell grant (free money from the government) back in cash. So I was getting paid to go to college. Literally.

In order to keep my scholarship, I had to maintain a 3.5 GPA. The thing was, I hated community college. I hated taking online classes and feeling like I was getting jipped of the "college experience". I was super involved in high school, and that was a huge part of who I was. So the transition was hard for me. Too hard.

Then I lost my scholarship. Which wasn't too big of a deal because I was almost done at the community college and my pell grant easily paid for all my classes and books. But I hated it, and I am insanely surprised that I managed to complete 60 credits with a 2.82 GPA. Finally, it was time to close the chapter on my community college life.

To a point, my first couple years of college were more like a job to me. It was something I did in order to get money. Not because I wanted to. I had zero motivation during my classes and honestly had no idea what I was doing my life. College was simply a business transaction for me. And it definitely wasn't a top priority.

My son was the most important thing. I wanted to raise him. We learned in our high school Psychology class that a majority of a child's personality is developed in the first few years of life. That is what I focused on. I wanted those first years of my sons life to be...important. I wanted to know that I had an impact on him, and for him to know that he wasn't a mistake.

I don't regret any of this for a single minute. I have the greatest memories of those years but none of them involved college. Every single one involves my son and the amazing time that we got to spend together during this time. I look at him now, and I glow with pride.

I raised him. I changed my life plan for a reason. Because I knew that it would be worth it in the end. My son is my best friend, and he acts exactly like every way. And I wouldn't trade that for the "college experience".

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