It is hard for me to believe that I am doing this again. When I say “this” I mean “school.” I grew up in a home where my family always told me that I was either going to be a doctor or a lawyer when I grew up. I don’t do bad smells so lawyer it was. I graduated high school in 2003 when I was 15 and went straight to college. I received by first Associates Degree in Paralegal Studies and began working in a law firm. I took a break from school while I was working full time and life continued to happen. I married, had children and school was no longer the priority. I worked in a large corporate firm for several years. I divorced. I moved to a different city. I quit my job. I did all these things within a year and a half time. I was determined to start a new life for my children and I. However, after all the hard decisions I had made thus far I still was not living for myself. I was still trying to live the life that my family wanted for me; not the life I wanted. Last year I started my own business doing something I love and although it hasn’t made me rich financially it makes me happy. I can provide for my kids and now I am able to pursue my dream. I contacted the University of Texas at Arlington and thankfully I was accepted and have been able to receive scholarships with the grades I have from my previous education. I went to my family and informed everyone that it was never my dream to be a lawyer but rather to be an English professor. While they were not happy initially, they have accepted my decisions and support me. All of this brings me here. I am taking supplemental classes to help me prepare to complete my Bachelor’s degree in English to later pursue a master degree and later a doctorate. My goal is to teach English. I am thankful that I have been given this opportunity and my only advice is to never give up. So, after all this time, I have gone back to school. Therefore, it’s hard to believe, I thought that I would never be able to do this and yet here I am.