|Posted on March 11, 2011 at 5:31 PM|
A couple months ago, I signed up for an advanced placement history class, simply for the purpose of seeing if I'm ready to tackle college level classes. Obtaining a college degree had always been a goal of mine and to me, has always been an indicator of success. Becuse of my injury, I learned this class was just too much at this time in my life. They say for a one hour class, two hours of studying is required a night. But for someone with a brain injury, this two hours turned into four or more hours. Between working in the morrning, going to class in the afternoon, studying in the evenings AND trying to work in therapies, I discovered this was just so overwhelming. After re-evaluating what I want in life, I realiized I don't need college to be labeled a success. I have so much more going on in my life that is already making me successful. For example my job, which I enjoy, volunteering and by just recovering from this injury, I have been labeled a success. I'm now realizing that college is not what makes someone successful. I'm not saying that college won't be in my future, but I now realize this will not determine whether or not I'm considered a success.