The drive that keeps you up at night

The drive that keeps you up at night

The daily schedules of adult students have one thing in common. They’re busy. Onlookers may wonder how they manage it all from caring for a family, managing a career, and working toward a degree. It is often passion that keeps adult students going into the late hours of the night and in the wee hours of the morning. It is a desire to make something more of them selves. They’re on a path and there’s no stopping them now!

Nicole is one of those busy students. She has a family, a career, and a desire to earn a degree. Here is her story.

Nicole’s schedule

4:30 am – Wake up and go to the gym.

6:00 am – Start getting the family ready to get out the door for the day.

Work until 5:30 pm and then go home and start cooking dinner while policing the teenager.

After dinner start helping the teenager with his homework while doing the dishes and the laundry.

After bedtime, start working on MY homework.

I don’t know about you but by that time of day, my brain is fried and I’m ready for bed. Yet, I start thinking about my new career path and how far I’ve come. I think about the fact that I’ve waited 20 years to go back to school and have about 14 months to go. I pour a cup of coffee from my new best friend, my Keurig, and tell myself I’m not quitting now!
Many people commend me for my dedication and wanting to better myself. My family is very supportive of my going back to school, yet on a day-to-day basis, they sometimes forget that going back to school takes time, which means time away from helping them with what they might need. As a mom, I don’t want my family to ever go without. Hence the reason I spend many nights up late working on homework while they are all fast asleep.

Nicole’s passion

Why go back to school? I have a decent job that I do enjoy and great people to work with. However, at the end of the day, I’m not passionate about it. I don’t yearn to go to work every day because I don’t love what I do. I don’t feel that my current job is my calling. My desire has been since early in my life, to help other people. I do think that is why I do enjoy being an Executive Assistant – I’m helping people all day long. But at the end of the day, my desire and passion to help others, sometimes at their darkest hours, is what pushes me to stay up late and get up early.

That desire pushes me to realize that my house will not be in perfect shape for at least another 14 months or more. That desire pushes me to show by example to my children that you can and should work towards accomplishing that desire that burns in your belly. You know what I’m talking about. That burn that you feel and the career path you can’t get out of your mind. That job that you are drawn too, that you feel you are called to. Working toward that diploma that will give you the opportunity to do what you are passionate about is what makes this difficult journey all worthwhile.
Many students with IWU Adult and Graduate Programs tell a similar story. It’s that drive for a better career and self-fulfillment that keeps them up at night. That drive will keep them going, motivated to finish and earn their degree. Do you have the drive to make your dreams come true?


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