My Summer Vacation
Do you remember the first day of a new school year and the teacher would ask how you spent your summer vacation? For the last two summers I could answer that I spent my summer ‘vacation’ in school. In less than three weeks, I will enter my sophomore year at Sinclair Community College. When I look back at my first year in school I never imagined I would be where I am right now. I went back to school because I knew I had more to offer the world than what I was employed to do. I’d long ago hit a glass ceiling that seemed to be falling down on top of me.
On May 19th, the glass ceiling came crashing down when I lost my job. So, I spent my summer going to school and trying to figure out what to do with the rest of my life. I consider myself fortunate that I did receive a decent severance package. The only setback I’ve experienced is that, according to the Financial Aid Office, I lost my job too late to qualify for Pell Grants for the 2010-2011 school year. I do have financial aid, but because of what I made last year, my loan amount dropped drastically for the upcoming school year. I won’t let it get me down. My goal is still to graduate from Sinclair with my Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts with a History Emphasis in the spring of 2011. In the fall of 2011, I will begin the journey towards my Bachelor’s Degree in History at the University of Cincinnati. By then, I’ll qualify for the grants I missed this year. It’s a far cry from the University of Florida, but I won’t let that stop my journey. I just have to make some adjustments along the way.
God gave me a tremendous gift when I was seven years old; the ability to play the piano. For nearly thirty years, I’d played the piano and organ and/or sang at many weddings and special events. For many years I averaged two or three weddings a year. I never had to solicit my services; people came to me. Now the time has come for me to put myself out there; I’m going into business for myself! I’m not sure exactly how I’ll do it, but I’ll make it happen! Right now I’m working on a name for my business and putting the specifics together. I can play piano and/or sing at weddings or any special events. I can put slide shows together for your special event, as well. For those of you whose weddings I’ve had the privilege to be a part of, I would hope you’d recommend me to your friends. I can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!