Congratulations to the graduating class of 2015! You did it! Whether from Pre-k or an University, you accomplished something so great that not all are privileged to do! Don't take this moment or day for granted.
As you face your future, make sure you have several plans to achieve your goals. As I faced graduation 5 years ago, CSUDH Go Toros!, I realized my degree wasn't going to get me to my goal which was to become an elementary school teacher and eventually and Principal. I loved educating children and especially underprivileged kids, however, an BA wasn't going to get me there. I had to enroll into grad school and start my courses to finish my goals. Although I completed most of my graduate courses minus 1 class and 16 weeks of unpaid internship, I got pregnant! 😁 I hadn't planned for this and had no alternative. My life began to unravel out of my control. I thought I had failed, but in essence I was able to reflect and realize, I didn't want to become a teacher or a principal! I wanted to impact children not only in school, but outside and pour into them in other ways that would better benefit them. Education is an very important tool, but the title of teacher or principal only allows you to do so much. My goals had expanded beyond my degree. What do I do now?
Once I realized teaching or working within an institutionalized system of education was not for me, I began to pray and brainstorm how I could be a help to underprivileged children across the nation. I got an idea and I am currently working on and I am executing the vision as we speak.
The reason I'm writing this is that our lives may not turn out as planned, but we must look at each road block we may face as an opportunity to rethink our plans and somehow figure out life as it comes. Be certain as of what you want to do, but be prepared for whatever may come!
In closing, create an effective game plan that will help you reach your goals no matter what may come your way!