After twenty-four months, 22 classes, 90 assignments (yes, I went back and counted), and countless discussion forums, Facebook posts and Skype sessions, I’m finally done my degree. Taking the first two years I did at Camosun College, I finished my Bachelor of Arts in Professional Communication through distance education at Royal Roads University, and couldn’t be happier with my decision to do so.
With that being said, one of the toughest questions to answer while in school has been what I can/want to do with my degree. I have come up with a few answers to that question, and more recently have discovered how it can help me in the personal finance community, but I would be lying if I said I knew exactly what I wanted my career to look like. What I can answer, instead, is what I learned about myself in school. And it should come as no surprise that my biggest lessons were taught by my personal experiences.
Apparently, I can multitask.
On top of working full-time, I started this program knowing it would take up a good portion of my spare time. Halfway through my degree, I started this blog. At first, I wrote whenever I needed to express how I was feeling. After a while, I started to notice which days got the most views and began sticking to somewhat of an editorial calendar. So, on top of my homework deadlines, I was also giving myself blog deadlines. Then, with the help of this blog, I started working with LearnVest and writing for a couple of other sites. With that came more and more and more deadlines…
I am passionate about prioritizing.
Despite enjoying some of the deadline madness, I have always appreciated relaxing and unwinding. I spent countless Saturday mornings on the couch, catching up on shows I had PVR’d throughout the week, and looking at nothing online but Pinterest and Twitter. I also listened to my body and, even if I wanted to finish something by a certain time, took a nap or went to bed when I needed to. And coffee, lunch, dinner and movie dates with family and friends were sometimes few and far between, so I worked hard to meet all of my deadlines and soaked up the moments I wasn’t in front of my laptop.
I love sharing what I know and learning what I don’t.
If I was an expert at anything, I wouldn’t be writing this post. Heck, I wouldn’t have gone to school! But what both my education and this blog have taught me is that I enjoy sharing my experiences and learning from others’. My degree taught me to open my mind to new ideas and blogging has taught me not to be ashamed of the errors I have made. I’m no longer scared to speak up when its appropriate to or ask for clarification of anything I do not understand. By being honest with both myself and you all, I have learned to accept help, help others, and be grateful for everything I have learned along the way.
Looking at these lessons, I can now list a few stereotypical skills on my résumé: project management, public speaking, teamwork, time management, etc. But words don’t mean anything, until you can explain how you gained each one of those skills.
What’s one thing you learned about yourself in school?