Hi I’m Ashley Earp! I know everyone thinks of the ideal college life as fresh out of high school looking forward to making their dreams come true and having new experiences in a new atmosphere. However, in today’s society it sometimes isn’t possible or is thrown away all to easily. I was one of those people, I was rebellious and way to careless after highschool and I attended 1 semester of college. Now that I am 25 and a working, married mother of 2 young kids I am also a college student. I work 40+ hours a week, take my daughter to school, take care of my wounded veteran husband and manage to maintain a 95% average in all of my classes for healthcare administration and nursing. I also run a small business from my home as well!
I went through the 3 week orientation and then started my first set of courses. It took some getting used to and with two young kids it wasn’t easy, I had to figure out a routine that worked for everyone. It wasn’t unusual that I was up every night until 3 or 4 in the morning doing my school work then getting up at 8 to get ready for work and take the kids to daycare. I’d get home around 9, feed them dinner get them bathed and in bed and get to work on my work. It was difficult but as I worked and saw my GPA and grades staying well above what I thought I could do it gave me the confidence to push on and keep going at the pace I was.
I am now over half way done with my degree, I graduate July 13, 2013 with my associates in healthcare administration and I don’t plan to stop there, after I graduate I will be beginning my RN schooling. While doing all of this I work as a caregiver at a local assisted living facility 40+ hours a week, I help out with my oldest daughters preschool class, take care of everything at home and my husband with his VA papers and appointments. It’s always a full day, and I know MANY other people out there do the same thing on a daily basis as well, but if you asked me 3 years ago whether or not I thought I would be where I am today I probably would have laughed. It’s taken me a lot of ups and downs, long nights, tears and fighting with myself to figure things out and get where I am but I wouldn’t change it for the world. I’m finally proud of what I am doing and where my life is going, I’m proud that I will be able to provide a stable future for my family.
I never really thought that after giving up on college when I was 18 that I would have the opportunity to go back and achieve what I wanted to with my life. If anyone were to ask me how to get the motivation or when is the right time? It’s now, why not! What better time than now to start making things better? Putting it on hold will only make it harder and harder for you to go back. Think of what you really want to do for the rest of your life, what makes you happy, what motivates you? After you have answered these things, decide if you want to go online for school or if you want to go to a hands on school. Most every university now has an accelerated program option for their students. That’s what I chose along with the online option because it let me do everything at my own pace, but still had structure to it. After you decide that look into schools and see where would be best for you and what will give you the best experience and best education for your money. If you’re worried about the stigma of “Companies don’t accept diploma’s for online education the way they do traditional universities.” That is a complete myth. Considering many online programs are from traditional universities, it really makes no difference. 98% of the time the content is the same and 100% of the time the curriculum requirements are the same. Make sure that the school is an accredited university and start looking into enrollment and seeing an advisor that will help you through all of the hurdles there are to enrollment and getting started and settled in the program. Have them help you get all the paper work done, verified and turned in so that you can get into the program and start as soon as possible. Bottom line, don’t let anyone tell you you can’t do it or that you won’t succeed. You are who is in charge of your life, you make your decisions and you know what is best for you. As long as you have the motivation and drive to succeed you will!