This letter is dedicated to those young adults who are about to embark on their college journey and those, like me, who have learned a great lesson.
Courses Expire. Some you must retake if older then 3-5 years.
GPA NEVER Expires. Even if those old classes don't count.
Loans/Debt DO NOT Expire. And you have to pay (no pun intended) for more recent classes.
In my personal experience, the more I pushed myself to prove my intelligence to others the more it ended up hurting me. Anytime in my life when I have done something because of what I believed other's thought of me, I got hurt. From the bottom of my heart and the endless reaches of my soul I give you these pieces of wisdom:
The good news, it can be done. Don't ever give up! There is a way, you just have to find it.
My BS in Chemistry Biochemistry was/is a 2.65. I may have gotten what I wanted when I was 17, which was to "OOH and AAH" people when they ask me what my degree is and where I earned it. Especially as a hispanic female, it was a triumph above so many others.
Being smart hurts, or does it? It hurts when graduate schools looked at my gpa and assumed I was too busy partying to make education matter, when in fact it was the other way around. I never developed close friendships in college, wasn't very social because I was too busy trying to keep up in Chemistry and working in the lab. It hurts when I think of how stubborn and foolish I was to continue fighting through something. But then, I did enjoy the challenge.
I was not smart when I chose my major. Proving a point to others is not smart. However, I have learned the depths of my personal drive. If the 17 year old me could begin something that the 20 yr old me finished, imagine what I can do now as a more mature, wiser, and smarter woman.
Follow your dreams and passions. Give up when you must on tasks that no longer suit you. Never give up on yourself.
Got the world figured out?
I did, until it came crashing down. I had no choice but to start over and rebuild.