Say what’s real…(Back to school in my 30’s, yay.)

Say what’s real…(Back to school in my 30’s, yay.)

A while back I left college early.  I was a college dropout before Kanye West made it popular.  I never had any intentions on leaving early but the financial burden did not appeal to me at such a young age and without the support of one half of my parental unit, I decided to leave school in my freshman year and begin working.  I promised myself that I would one day return and earn my degree.  Over the years I did receive my certificate in Radio Broadcast and Audio Production which lead to my career in radio at Sirius XM and the success of my independent podcast The B Side Show.  I enrolled in universities offering continuing education classes with the intention to master my craft in photography and film.  The education that I received from college level courses, seminars, workshops and independent studies lead to the start of my visual arts business.  With extensive film and photography work in the field, studio and wherever possible I immersed myself in the world of photography and film.  During this time I also ccreated 3 short films which have all been recognized by various film festivals.  I travelled, worked for big named companies and small independent brands.  I wrote and published a book of poetry.  I established a home for myself, loved, laughed and LIVED.  I am of course still learning (and working, traveling, loving, laughing and LIVING) and while still on my journey to master my craft for myself and to provide my clients with the best product possible, I have finally decided to fulfill the promise that I made to myself over 10 years ago.  I have officially enrolled in college and am on track to finishing my BA in Communication…at 31…shit happens.  Life happens!  My path to finish my education is a a realistic one and I honestly wouldn’t have it any other way.  Yes, I often wonder how my life would be if I had that piece of paper in my possession now rather than a few years from now but I don’t regret my decision to do this thing called life my way.  I could name a million reasons why I chose to go back and they are all valid however the one that trumps all is the fact that I want to finish school for ME.  I need to do this for myself and now that I’ve officially signed on the dotted line, taken out the loans and have already started my first course, there’s no turning back now.  Even as I sat and questioned myself, my decision and my intelligence while taking a quiz that began with mathematics that I haven’t seen in 10 years, I chose to keep going.  I’m not quitting.  Not this time.  I’m walking across SOMEBODY’S stage with a diploma in my hand and you’re all invited!  You’re invited to the process, the journey and the celebration because please believe when I do receive my degree it’s getting tattooed on my BACK! Not really, but it will be an important milestone.  Enough talk, I have homework to do.

Posted on: July 20, 2015Shavon

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