Education and Me Being in college at the age of 31 is a unique experience for me. I started East Wilkes High School in 1994 and really thought that my education was really just starting to begin. Then in 1996 I met the man of my dreams and decided to drop out of school. In 1997 we decided to get married and have a family together; I thought this was what I wanted to do. The day I got married I instantly became a step- mother. About seven months after the wedding I had a little girl, and then eighteen months later I had a little boy. I always wanted to return to school but just couldn’t find the time. In April of 2002 I decided to go back to school and finish my High School Diploma. It was a challenge trying to do this with three kids, a husband, and a full time job, but I worked hard at it and finally got to graduate on August of 2002 and I received my Adult High School Diploma. I was very proud of myself. After graduating I instantly decided that I would continue to work and really didn’t think much about continuing my education. In the summer of 2005 I finally decided to go back to school and try to get a college degree. I started taking classes at Wilkes Community College in the 2005. By the spring semester of 2007, I had successfully completed many of my classes and was very proud of myself. I finally felt that I was doing what I was supposed to do for me and my family. Then on August 6th 2006, my husband was injured while at work and was sent to Baptist hospital. I was told while he was in surgery that he would have to have someone with him at all times, and would have to be monitored for twenty-four hours a day, so that caused me to have to withdrawal from all of my classes. This broke my heart because I knew if I didn’t finish it now and I stopped going that I would never go back.
In April of 2012 the doctor finally released my husband so that he could go