I am an advocate of lifelong learning. These posts are inspired by my experiences as a student. What I’m gaining through my education and how it is a part of who I am.
The process of obtaining my education has been long and grueling. I have moved around the country a lot, and transferring credits
isn’t so easy. However, I have learned a lot through my experiences and have gained a great appreciation for having an education and the work involved in gaining knowledge and a marketable degree.
Here is an excerpt from a letter I wrote to a college of my choice to entice them to except me into the school – I was accepted:
To me learning can be compared unto a seed, like Alma’s analogy in Chapter 32 of the book of Alma in the Book of Mormon. All students must have faith sufficient to plant a seed in order to begin their education. They then exercise their faith to nourish this seed through study. The seed is good. It will grow. If they labor to nourish the seed, they will progress and gain knowledge. They will begin to love learning and the seed of learning will begin swell within them. The fruits of their labor are harvested when they bless the lives of others with the knowledge they have gained.
I have faith and desire sufficient to plant a seed. In the past, I may not have had the understanding of how to nourish this seed, and I have harvested bitter fruits. I have since learned from my experience. My desire is renewed. I want an education. I have a greater understanding today of how I can do my part to work hard and labor to nourish the seed of knowledge. I intend to work hard that I may reap sweet fruits of success and bless the lives others around me.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Update: I completed my undergraduate degree in 2013 in Health Promotion Studies, with two little ones at home, and lots of support from my excellent husband, and friends in my ward.