One of the hardest decisions of my life did not come when I married my husband, or even when I had my daughter. The hardest decision came when I decided to finally fill out my Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and go back to school. You see, I was not going to be a traditional student. I knew I would have a unique set of challenges ahead that would keep me from reaching my goal, but I knew I was making an investment for the future, like every other student.
My name is Caitlin and I am currently 25-years-old. I made that life-changing decision two years ago; a mere month after my daughter Ariel was born. Now I am facing the looming decision of graduating and moving on to a four-year college. I am still married to a man that I met in high school, and I still work while I juggle school and parenthood. When I have free time, I like creative writing or spending the day outside. When I first started this journey, I was not sure what I wanted to do with my life, but I knew I needed an education to reach my goal. My current major is Modern Languages here at San Jac, but I will be getting my undergrad in International Business with a minor in Human Resource Management from the University of Houston – Downtown. I was recently accepted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, which is a big accomplishment for me. I take almost all of my classes online because it fits my busy schedule. Some days, I want to give up and quit. When I have so many things to do in my life, I wonder if is it all going to be worth it in the end. However, it is days like this that I remember a quote that keeps me focused on what I need to do. “It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” Aristotle
I want to start blogging for San Jac to share my story so that I may give others hope. I want to show others, that in the face of stress, one can push on and accomplish their own goals. I can only hope that someone out there can relate to my story and find their own inner focus to be able to reach their own dreams. I will continue to share my story to show that even when you are a full-time mother, student, and part-time worker, that there is so much reward when you work hard, even though it does not seem like it. Thank you very much for taking time to read. Stay tuned for more posts. – Caitlin Auburn