Hey there, Ladies! I want to share this little number with you guys that is perfect for chilly days. I also want to let you guys in on my story of taking a few years off after high school and the benefits of waiting to go to college.
Here are my outfit deets for you! I’m a firm believer that cowboy boots go with ANYTHING. Honestly, I found these ones at AE a few years back. I found a similar pair here at Famous Footwear (until I can afford Tony Lama’s) if you are looking for an affordable alternative. My lace up sweater dress is from Tobi’s. It is also available in black, mauve, or wine. It’s great to bundle up in on the chilly days, and it is really easy to simply throw on as you’re running out the door. You can also check out my other post where I’m sharing how to style an oversized sweater dress.
As some of you may know, last year I decided to go back to school. I really can’t say “go back” since I never attended college in the first place. Last Fall, I went to school (better?). At 22, I am in my second semester of college, and I LOVE it! So today I wanted to share with you guys a little about that and the benefits I have found of waiting to go to school or even going back years later. It is what I chose to do and looking back, there are so many reasons I’m glad I did.
I graduated from high school in 2014 and remember then saying that either I would go to school right away, or I wouldn’t go at all. It was not something I wanted to put off or wait. I chose to pass on school and instead picked up more hours at the job I was then at. And then two years ago I got the urge to go to school. I had signed up for classes in 2016 but after getting the tuition bill, flipped out a tad, reconsidered what I was doing, and backed out. But a year later, and I decided I would just go for it. I just had to try at least one semester and see. I didn’t want to look back down the road and regret not even giving it a try.
Last fall I enrolled in classes and I loved it. As a freshmen, though, I admit I was in classes that were full of 18 year old freshmen, and even high school students. But during those few months of learning and watching those around me, I was so thankful for that 3 year gap, and here is why.
For starters, I actually wanted to learn. Coming out of high school, so many of us were burned out. You did a lot of studying, homework, and need I mention the ACT and SATS? To go right into college is a big change and can be draining and obligatory. But college should not always be that way. I was plain out excited to learn not just about my major, but also about different subjects. If you go into college dragging your feet it is going to be so much harder to gain what there is to offer (and what you paid for!).
Next, I was just more mature. I took my schooling serious and realized the importance of it and doing well (I just couldn’t afford to do poorly). College is such a big jump and you don’t want to get started on the wrong foot. But just over those few years, I had grown up a little bit more. With so much more homework, you have to learn to juggle, prioritize, and not stress out over everything.
I’ll be honest with you guys. I didn’t like feeling “behind”. And I wasn’t. Plenty of people wait to go to school and many go back years or even decades later. But most of my friends were entering their senior year as I was entering my freshman. But really, it’s just not a big deal. And it should not be what holds you back if you are considering pursuing an education. What you learn is so valuable and is something that will always be with you. It’s all about going at your own pace.
During that 3 year break I worked and learned how to do different tasks at my job but also how to work with others and within a business. I also picked up blogging during that time and have dabbled in photography. And though blogging has been an on, off, and on again cycle, it is something I enjoy and love to do. Point is, I learned a lot during those years about myself and life that have helped me now in college.
So who knows where this will take me. Currently, I am planning on working towards my interior design degree. Although I will say right now, that IS NOT set in stone. This is the same girl who didn’t think she would go to college. So I’m not saying anything for sure. Hopefully this encouraged you. Maybe you are thinking about going back or did go back after a long break. I would love to hear from you and anything you learned along the way.