Pursuing My Higher Education Goals

822 WordsJun 21, 20164 Pages
. I am two months away from beginning my second year of my MA in History through the University of Memphis. I made the decision to go back to school because my husband is currently pursuing his career goals, to be an Officer in the US Army. We decided with moving around so much now would be the time to pursue my higher education goals because it can be done online. For example, since June 2015, I have moved from Lakeland, FL to Columbus, GA to Savannah, GA, and am in the process of packing up our latest apartment to move back to Florida while my husband deploys to the Ukraine for around five months. Going down to one full-time income has taken a hit on our finances, and by receiving your scholarship, I will go less into debt with student loans. (Currently my balance is 30,000.00). It is not just about the money; by receiving my MA I will be able to make some positive changes in my life. Before going back to school, I worked as a Social Studies and Drama teacher for a title-one school in Winter Haven, Florida. My students came from a variety of backgrounds, but most were poor and read at the third-grade level. My students were between the ages of 16 and 21 and were in grades 6-12. Teaching those students and giving them an appreciation for education and learning after most of society had given up on them, seemed to be more of a reward to me than to the students themselves. While Social Studies and Drama were the subjects I taught on paper, I taught these students better
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