I'm Going Back to School

Last Update: July 30, 2018

So, it seems that I've been M.I.A. (Missing In Action) over the last few months. Sure, I've made a few appearances here and there, strolled down the red carpet, gave a few interviews, but I definitely haven't been my usual talkative self. It's almost been 2 months since my last post! Why, you ask!

I'M GOING BACK TO SCHOOL!!!

This decision has been years in the making, about 20 years to be more precise. Just a quick background: I graduated from high school in 1985 - yes, that is many decades ago - #57 in a class of 1100. Nope! that is not a typo! Turns out my high school is one of the largest in New York state!

I attended college upstate New York that September; not sure why or how I even came to this decision, but I decided to transfer just after 2 years and attended the well-known F.I.T. (Fashion Institute of Technology) in New York. Never heard of it? Well, Calvin Klein is just one of the major designers who is an alumnus.

I started working full-time pretty soon, so I would go one semester, take off 2; go another 2 semesters, take off 3. Not a very good recipe for success. I went back to F.I.T. about 10 years later to receive my certification in something that I never use, but getting my degree seemed to be lost in the wind. But the dream never died (hmm...great title for either a book or the next James Bond movie).


Many, many years later to a talk I had with Oprah Winfrey. OK... just to clarify, when I say "a talk" I mean I was watching her show and was talking to the TV. She had a guest by the name of George Dawson who learned to read at the age of 98! Incredible!

So, he learns to read, gets his G.E.D.; went to college, and writes a book "Life Is So Good" which just so happened to land on the New York Times best-seller list for a few weeks! This was a story that lingered on my heart for many years...

Fast forward another 10 years, I finally decided to go from talking to doing. Much of 2018 has been spent applying for school, looking into financial aid, blah, blah, blah. About 95% of what I need to take care of is complete, so on August 27, 2018, I start my first class at college as a full-time student, majoring in Marketing!

Will it be challenging? Absolutely! Impossible? Absolutely not!

One thing that has really inspired me while being a part of Wealthy Affiliate is reading about people's success; not just the monetary successes that many of us desire, but also how many people have grown in areas of personal development. This not only inspires me but gives me a confirmation that I can succeed in school and in business. So, in essence, all of you are a part of this journey.

Thank You!!! Thank You!!! Thank You!!!

The icing on the cake is this: 120 credits are needed to get your Bachelor's; the college I'm attending accepted 62 transfer credits, so I only have 2 more years, as opposed to 4, to receive my degree. That means I'll be graduating in 2020! How cool is that!


I have one more month of "freedom" before the madness begins, so I'll be seeing you guys around the platform. May we all continue to enjoy this incredible journey we call life; never stop going after our dreams; have cake; and always...

Strive to Thrive,

Veronica



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Trujunco Premium
Vee, shout out to the colorful, ingenious, well spoken you...!

There is little that encourages me more than a fellow traveler inspired by dreams goals and concrete actualization.

I feel that I came to be a part of WA that I might create a lifestyle of vital energy with the remainder of time I’ve left on the planet.

Though this interpretation may differ for each of us the thread of reason that might run though all :

“Hey, I am not near done learning, loving, expressing or playing this game of human being...and as there remains breath, so shall I breathe in, Adventure”

Love and respect, as you may already guessed...Shine Brilliant

David R.
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Swangirl Premium
Good for you Veronica! I got side tracked the last few years and dropped the ball on finishing my graduate degree. I checked back in with the school recently and my degree program doesn't even exist anymore!!! Good thing I already finished all the courses so I think they will have to allow me to finish the requirements to graduate. Last I heard that would be a comprehensive exit exam and tweaking/adding to my research papers for a portfolio. I hope it all works out but it will definitely feel good to actually have it done eventually.

I am so excited for you! That is so wonderful they accepted the transfer credits. You will breeze through these 2 years I know!!!

Jessica
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VeronicasLuv Premium
Thank you so much, Jessica!

What's interesting is that I had gone back to the last school I attended, to meet with the Director of Admissions to see what I would need to do in order to get my degree. Very politely, he stated that most of the classes I had taken were obsolete, so I would have to start from scratch! Imagine!

Several years passed before I took some serious steps to look into going back to school. So, this was one of the few occasions were procrastinating worked in my favor!

Keep me posted on your progress on receiving your graduate degree, Jessica. It's obviously something you want to finish, so I say go for it!
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Swangirl Premium
Oh there is no way I will quit until it's done Veronica! I just lost all motivation when I lost my Dad and then had so many health problems.

I am so glad you are going back and getting credit for all your classes!!!
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elores Premium
It's never too late for a shower of rain. Congratulations! and I wish you success in reaching your goal.
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VeronicasLuv Premium
Thank you so much, Delores!
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LouisaB Premium
Veronica, Congrats for going forward. Following your heart is a good thing.

You'll always be in our heart.

Have a successful school year!!

'Be Bright, Be happy, Be You!'

Louisa B
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VeronicasLuv Premium
Thank you for always spreading your joy, Louisa.
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ElaineSmith1 Premium
Hey Veronica,
That's awesome news!!! I'm so excited for you!!!!

Tried and True

Elaine
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VeronicasLuv Premium
Thank you so much, Elaine!
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Stella2 Premium
That's awesome Veronica!

I'm so glad you are following your heart. I wish you every success with your studies.

You know you have inspired me. I'm probably about 5-6 years older than you. And, I've been thinking that when we move back into the city in a few years, I'd love to go back to uni and finish the French degree that I never completed. Just for me, because I enjoyed it so much.

All the best to you!
Stella :-)
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VeronicasLuv Premium
That's incredible, Stella!

My mindset is to be open to whatever doors may be opened as I go back to school, but I'm not turning my back on developing my online business.

I'd love to hear from you once you decide to go back, Stella. As they say: "Ready! Fire! Aim!"
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Stella2 Premium
Absolutely Veronica!

Yes, I'm having to much fun with this online stuff to put it aside now. :-)

We'll def have to keep in touch!
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firstlearn Premium
I am backing you all the way Veronica.

Derek
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VeronicasLuv Premium
I appreciate your words, Derek!
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DebbieRose Premium
Hi Veronica...always good to hear from you..especially this time. I'm excited for you! There is no age or time limit to succeed at something we want. I know you will enjoy the experience. What about affiliate marketing...will this continue to be part of your education. Hope so!
Debbie
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VeronicasLuv Premium
Hey there, Debbie!

Oh, I don't have any plans to stop what I'm learning here at Wealthy Affiliate. This will require a discipline that I haven;t yet reached...now I'll be forced to become a lot more disciplined with my time.

definitely looking forward to this new adventure!
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BillCoton Premium
Well done Veronica I am cheering for you all the way, I am sure you will realise your dreams.

Bill
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VeronicasLuv Premium
I appreciate you taking the time to read and leave your words of encouragement, Bill.
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mmonterola Premium
Congratulations and good luck!

With your determination to succeed, you will make it.

Thanks for sharing.

Marita
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VeronicasLuv Premium
Thanks for the encouragement, Marita!
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laparra1 Premium
Good afternoon Veronica,

Oh, Veronica, this is absolutely brilliant. I am really happy you decided to make the jump.
I am living together with a man who decided to go back to school at the age of 40 and got his engineering degree.
I am taking my hat off for people like you.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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VeronicasLuv Premium
WOW! Engineering is not an easy subject, so I commend him. Thanks for the encouragement, Taetske.
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ladyluck2013 Premium
Way to go Veronica!
Sometimes it is all about the timing when making a big decision that will have a big impact on one's life. I say this because it looks as if you always wanted to go back to school but the timing was not right. I think that we all have wanted to do something but the timing was never right at one time or another. Now that you have made the commitment to go back to school, I have no doubt that you will succeed. Keep up the good work!
Deidre
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VeronicasLuv Premium
You're a wise woman, Deidre!

I used to wrestle with not having finished for many years, to the point of it being a source of shame. It's taken me years to accept the fact that even though it seemed right, the time was just not right for me, possibly due to not being mentally ready to make the commitment.

Now that I;m 50, soon to be 51, I don't plan on wasting time!
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Debs66 Premium
Wishing you all the best Veronica. With that beautiful smiling profile looks like you can't go wrong in your life.

Fabulous post full of your very joyful self.

You go girl!

~Debs :)
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VeronicasLuv Premium
My goodness, Debs, your words are so beautiful. Thank you so much!
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Debs66 Premium
Only talking from what I see. I already feel a good vibe from you. Your absolutely great.
Thank you for the follow I followed you straight back. Wishing you all the best veronica.
I am sat here smiling whilst I type, your smile is infectious.
Your a star :)
~Debs :)))
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marycmiller Premium
I went back to school many years after I graduated high school. It was the best 2 years, I worried about being the old lady in the class, and though I was the old lady the kids accepted me like any other student, it was great. I made incredible friends that I still have today, I had lots of fun and I learned so much, including about myself.

So go and have a blast, I wish you all the best in your studies and life experiences.
Mary
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VeronicasLuv Premium
I'm a bit nervous but definitely looking forward to meeting some hip Millennial students, lol.

I appreciate the encouragement, Mary. Thank you.
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CandaceRM Premium
I was in much the same situation as you, 2 years of credits, needed 2 years to graduate. When I went back to school the students were young enough to be my grandchildren and many of the instructors, were my children's age. I had great focus. I did all my thrashing around many years before. It was a pleasure to complete something that I had started so many years before. Good luck. Great decision!
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VeronicasLuv Premium
I completed a 2-week Math workshop last week at the school I'l be attending; I'll never forget how excited I was to see a 72-year old guy in the classroom. It felt great to be there, but it felt even better to see one other student who was older than me, lol. I guess vanity never truly dies.

I appreciate your comment, Candace.
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CandaceRM Premium
So true!
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JerryMcCoy Premium
Congratulations. May you grow as much in college as you have at WA.
Jerry
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VeronicasLuv Premium
That would be lovely, Jerry! Thanks for reading and giving me encouragement.
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JackieSmith Premium
Kudos to you Veronica!
You'll be fine - make it happen!

All the best.
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VeronicasLuv Premium
Thank you, Jackie! I'll come back to read these comments if I should ever start to panic.
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StunningBell Premium
Congratulations on your courage and determination. You already have the ingredients to make it happen, and congratulations in advance, future Marketing Manager.
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VeronicasLuv Premium
Aww... thanks so much, Nsoh!
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StunningBell Premium
You are welcome Vero.
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McWord Premium
Well done, Veronica!!

I did the same thing. Got my two year degree after serving in the Air Force, but then it took 34 years of life to finish college and get my degree. I remember getting my diploma and the administrator who handed it to me said, "It feels great, doesn't it?"

It will take a lot of hard work but I guarantee you'll feel the same way!

All the best to you with this quest,

mitch
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VeronicasLuv Premium
They may have to call security to get me off the stage during graduation, Mitch. Hopefully I'll be able to maintain my dignity,but we'll see...
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McWord Premium
Keep us posted of your progress, Veronica. I'm looking forward to seeing you succeed!!

mitch
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MKearns Premium
Learning opportunities abound. especially online. great for you!
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VeronicasLuv Premium
Although there might be a few classes that are offered online, I'll be doing the sitting-in-the-classroom student. It's close to home and will putt me in a new environment meeting new people.
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MKearns Premium
I love the old non-virtual classroom Veronica!
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VeronicasLuv Premium
I had considered taking online courses towards my degree, but although I thoroughly enjoy and appreciate the friendships forged online, nothing beats that one-on-one interaction.
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Imageguy55 Premium
great story especially about the 98 y/o man learning to read!!!
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VeronicasLuv Premium
I actually read his book a few months ago; it really is incredible that he gave himself that challenge, despite all that he suffered in life.

Thanks for reading, Thomas.
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DEversley Premium
Thanks for sharing V. This is great news. I wish you bountiful success in all that you do.

David
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VeronicasLuv Premium
I appreciate that, David. I'll take a armful of that "bountiful success"!
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