College: UNR, TMCC, NECB, WGU

I have attended many colleges and universities and my struggle has always been making time for school.  I became successful early and working long hours has made it difficult to consistently attend school.  To make matters worse, I also struggle with ADHD, OCD, Anxiety, and Depression.  The mixture is terrible when trying to accomplish anything.  I am actually quite intelligent and very capable of finishing school as evidenced by my transcripts and evaluations.  There have been so many bumps in the road and I have been in and out of school for many years.  I finally found a program through Western Governors University that makes things a million times easier since I can do everything at my own pace.   I made a promise to my old foster mother and my biological grandmother when they both died that I would get my degree no matter what it takes.  I have always intended to keep that promise and I will hopefully be done by the end of 2022!

In high school and my earlier college years, the plan was that I would become a lawyer.  During the recession, I had a tough time finding a job and eventually found one working for a local Trust Company.   While working with this company, I read through many legal documents and made the realization early on that I wouldn't enjoy reading and writing such documents for the rest of my life.  Or at least not as much as I enjoyed the accounting and finance aspects of the job I was doing.  It was then that I thought I would get into finance and work with investments.  I later decided that I didn't want to deal with the risks and being responsible for peoples life savings, so I decided to stick with accounting.  While I don't do anything with the stock market on a professional level, I do enjoy corporate accounting and finance roles.  I have done remarkably well for someone without a degree and I catch on quick.  In the accounting and finance fields, you really need a minimum of a bachelor’s degree for most companies to even look at you.  Typically, a master’s degree or CPA license is required for most roles that align with my experience.  I am at a point in my career where I am overqualified for lower-level accounting and finance roles, but underqualified for roles that align with my experience – simply because I haven't finished my degree.  With a degree, finding employment at my experience level and salary will only become significantly easier.  This alone is a monumental motivator to finish school as quickly as possible.

While I don't have a degree, not many can say they are able to bill $45-$75/hour for their work.  Many also can't say that they do work that requires a significantly higher level of education than they have attained.  I have always been resilient and able to find my way, even when I don't know how to do something.  Once I figure out how to do something though, I am the best at it.  Then I get bored and move onto something else.    I can sometimes be slow at first, but I eventually excel at everything that I do.  It may be my anxiety and OCD, but I am a perfectionist and I rarely give up.   Life has forced me to figure things out on my own and find a way to make things work no matter what it takes.  I have used my resourcefulness to get where I'm at today and I truly have no regrets about waiting to finish my degree.  I know many people who went straight to college and either weren't able to use their degree or aren't happy with their chosen field.  Had I gone straight to college, I would be a lawyer right now and very unhappy with my choice.  My work experience took me down a path where I found a career I didn't know I wanted.  I couldn't be happier that I waited to finish college.