Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve realized the importance of education. From the time I entered the halls of Elk Lake School as a kindergartener to my senior year at the same school, I thought about, and dreamed of, getting a college degree. Coming from where I do, and seeing the things that I’ve seen, only made the dream stronger until it wasn’t a dream anymore, but a burning need.
So I took a little detour. So it took me seven years instead of four. So I wrote research papers in the hospital after giving birth to my daughter. So I was a lot older than the other students. So what? I did it! Tomorrow’s the day! I finally get my college degree.
Along the way, while working on my undergrad degree, I dreamed a lot of other dreams. Some I’ve accomplished, such as publication of my poetry and fiction, getting accepted into a graduate program; while others I have yet to start work on. I learned a lot of things during my time at Keystone College, like creative writing and literature, science, history, and public speaking, but the most valuable thing that I’ve learned is that it is worth it to dream, and dream big. It’s worth it to try. I’ve also learned that accomplishment is not necessarily about catching the dream, but more about what you gain from the chase. Dream on friends!
Check out The Plume, Keystone’s literary magazine. My poem, “Breaking Stone,” was the winner of the Cameron Poetry contest, and I’ve been invited to read it for the trustees today! You can access it here: http://www.keystone.edu/news/publications/pdfs/theplume/ThePlume2012.pdf