Many people question whether school is for them or not and for some they are right, school is not for them.
I wanted to share my experience.
Both of my parents never graduated from college and for them it was very important for my sister and I to get a great education. I remember how my mom used to drive us to school to ensure we went and how i hated the brown beat up car she drove us in. We didn’t have a lot of money but since my mom was a housewife, she gave us so much attention and took really good care of us.
I don’t remember my childhood very well but I do remember being in high school and taking an FBLA class (Future Business Leaders of America) and how this class shaped my interest in Marketing. I went to Newtown High School in Queens NY and was part of the business institute. Being part of the business institute definitely helped me decided to focus on business yet I had this real passion for Psychology. My last year of High School I was allowed to take a College Now course to advance my credits for college. I took Psychology 101. Psychology was amazing!!! The only problem was that I was afraid of it. I already had my own teenage issues and studying Psychology just made me think more. I studied Freud, Jung, Pavlov and they all had theories. I spent days and nights studying with a passion I can’t explain with words. I just loved it. I got an award for that class.
So I graduated and now what? College? Ugh what do I want to study? I was so confused. I mean I knew I wanted to study Psychology because I studied the mind without being asked to. I would just study self help/ self development books as a hobby.
My older sister went for fashion as a major and since I was confused, I took the easy route and chose fashion too. Boy was I wrong. I hated fashion. I thought because I liked shopping I would love fashion. BORING!!! I was sitting in a textiles class and all i could think was how different this was to studying the mind. I wanted something more meaningful something more me. I was a C student.
I took a group dynamics class and was the leader of a group presentation. I chose the topic about personality and careers because I was going through this issue at the time of not knowing what i wanted. I remember crying to my dad frustrated because I had already paid for the classes and was doing so bad. I felt frustrated. Through my frustration I learned a lesson. I learned to listen to who I was instead of ignoring who I was. For my project I took out a few books from the library like Myer Briggs Type Indicator or Personality Test which talked about Introvert and Extrovert personalities.
I took a personality assessment test http://psychologytoday.tests.psychtests.com/take_test.php?idRegTest=3242 and it helped me ask myself what i liked. I’m not sure if this was the exact one I took but it was similar. I narrowed down that I loved Psychology and loved business. I started thinking and since Marketing was around consumer behavior and knew i took a class in High School I really liked I decided to go for it.
When i changed my major to Marketing it was like night and day. I was a straight A student. I just loved each class. It was amazing to see the difference.
After I graduated and got my BBA (Bachelors of Business Administration) I worked for a few years and decided (with the help of my mom reminding me that I wanted this) that I needed to learn more about business so instead of just focusing on Marketing I focused on all of business. I got my MBA (Masters of Business Administration) which was super hard but worth it.
After getting my Masters, I felt more confident in the workplace because I felt that I acquired the education and skills I needed to get to the next level of my career.
Getting your MBA isn’t everything but I am happy that I was able to get it because I can rely on my own skills. My education was an investment on myself and it was the best gift I could have ever given me.
I think that my purpose was always more about the mind but I needed all the education, skills and experience to bring it all together.
Originally posted 2016-11-20 14:09:53.