I’m so excited for this opportunity to collaborate with 14 other bloggers on one theme: One Step Toward the Impossible. Each of us wrote about a time where the smallest gesture made a difference, and/or a goal that may have seemed impossible, but we had to take the first step. I chose to write on One Step Toward a College Degree Despite Odds.
In a previous post, Grit: How to Get What You Want, I briefly described my experience with my high school counselor. Here it is again:
It is my senior year of high school. I’m sitting in a large auditorium with a room full of seniors. There are several counselors at the front speaking to one student at a time about his/her future plans.
My counselor calls my name (of course she says it wrong).
We sit, and she examines my transcript (or pretends to).
She looks up at me behind her perfect wire glasses and sleek black bob. “What do you want to do after you graduate?” she asks.
“I want to be a doctor,” I say with confidence.
“College isn’t for everyone. Get a vocation,” she responds without skipping a beat.
This is my high school “counselor?” The person who is supposed to mentor and guide me into adulthood??? The person I’m meant to look up to? Why did she say that? Was it my clothes? My appearance? It couldn’t be my grades. I graduated with over a 4.0 weighted GPA because of all of my advanced placement courses.
I felt like I had been punched in the stomach. Deflated.
Guess what? I got over it, and in my head (luckily), I told her to screw off. I’d find my way to college with or without her help.
My mother was an immigrant from Korea who didn’t have an education level past junior high. I wasn’t in contact with my father very much growing up. My step-father(s) (there were a few throughout my childhood) didn’t have any college experience. I had no guidance from home on the college process, and my high school counselor (as shown above) was zero help. But I had a dream. I wanted to attend college, somehow and some way. My mother and step-fathers couldn’t afford to send me to college. They worked at various casinos, swapmeets, and convenient stores.
When I was in high school, college felt like a possible dream for only the select lucky few. How was I going to pay for it? Could I survive on my own and attend college? Fear brought more questions and choked my thoughts. I needed a plan, or my high school counselor’s words would come true, “College isn’t for everyone. Get a vocation.”
When a mountain seems too hard to climb, a goal set too high, or a challenge out of your reach, you have to take the first step. Then the next. And the next.
“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” Martin Luther King Jr.
My first step was to research how to apply to college and the actions needed to get into college. I didn’t have a computer at home because my family couldn’t afford one. As I had mentioned in a previous post, I spent my school lunch hours in the library researching everything I needed to know to attend college. The school librarian became my mentor and helped me with applying to take my ACT/SAT and to college. My first step made all the difference. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing without owing one cent and had zero family financial support. Where there is a will, there is a way.
Helpful Past Posts on College
I discussed how I paid for college in this video: How I Paid for College and Put $5000 in an Investment Account
Believe in Yourself
If I would’ve listened to the doubt from my high school “counselor,” I would’ve never attended college. I have a PhD in Nursing because I took one step forward toward college. What big goal do you want? Are you ready to take that step today? Have you taken that step toward your goal already? If you haven’t, I challenge you to do that. And please believe in yourself. I think that is actually the first step toward achieving what may seem the impossible. (Here is an inspiring short video about a college graduate who was homeless and fought to receive his college degree. I love his determination.)
Please let me know about a time you took your first big step. Did it pay off?
Have a wonderful day. Thanks for reading!
Please check out these other amazing and inspiring posts on One Step Toward the Impossible. You will feel like YOU COULD DO ANYTHING!!!
- Addison D’Marko: One Step at a Time
- Ajibola Sunday @ Inspirational Motivation: One Step at a Time
- Barb Caffrey @ Barb Caffrey’s Blog: Graduate School and One Step Towards the Impossible
- Camilla Motte @ Moms on the Go: Being Positive in a Negative World
- Divyang Shah @ i think my way: One Step at A Time Towards Impossible
- Jothish Joseph @ TheJothishJosephBlog: Friendship, a Step at a Time
- Ipuna Black: One Step Towards a College Degree Despite Odds
- Jane Love @ Harmonious Joy: Getting Rid of Labels
- Manal Ahmad a.k.a. iamthatgirl @ Sensible Nonsense: Happiness, One Step at a Time
- Mylene C. Orillo: Happy Birthday to Me
- Nicolle K.: Scaling the Wall that is NaNoWriMo!
- Sadaf Siddiqi: Taking One Step
- Sonyo Estavillo @ ‘Lil Pick Me Up: One Step Closer: Rising from the Ashes of a Tumultuous Relationship
- Tajwar Fatma @ LifeAsWeHaveNeverKnownIt: One Step at a Time Towards the Impossible
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