(blush) and I’m one of them.
This is thrilling and humbling at the same time. All I’ve been doing is slowly taking courses at UMaine Augusta and gradually accumulating my credits. I’m just going the distance, three credits at a time, just like so many of you who read these posts. Somehow, my version of being a nontraditional student became part of this article in USA Today.
This came out while we were still on our long weekend in Boston. I’m giddy – from too much good food, too little sleep, and pure pleasure at being included in this article. I’ve heard from people on the blog, on Facebook, by email, by phone, and in person and, let me say, I’ve been on a high.
It’s taken me a full day to process this, but I think what it comes down to is, we all have a story. We all have our own deeply personal paths that we follow, or pave, or get pushed along on. I’ve made my path public, and it landed me in the paper. But mine is just one of many, many versions of going to college as a nontrad. Ms. Blake, another student who shares her heartfelt story in the article, has her version. All of my fellow students have their versions.
And you have yours.
So I will turn the compliments that I have gotten in the past few days over to you:
You are inspiring!
You are a great role model!
You make us proud!
YAY for nontrads!
u are amazing…
Mom is awesome (personal favorite).
We each have a path, but somehow our paths converge and we are part of a movement. So many of us are returning to school or starting fresh as adults with complicated lives and lots of distractions. So, if I may be so bold, yay for us!
One last pic (I can’t resist). Here’s to all those who are on an unconventional path – the Gagas and nontrads in the world who are, coincidentally, in the same issue of USA Today!
One more time, here’s the link.