Hello everyone. My name is Dexter Echevarria. I am currently a student at Post University, taking online courses in their Accelerated Degree Program. I graduated high school in 2011, started to go to school right after, but took a break. I started back up again in college in January of 2014, and am pursuing my Bachelor’s in Psychology. I also work full time at a retail store as well. I’m a very relaxed person, and have been spending all my time lately focusing on school, so that I can get good grades, and use what I learn towards my future career. Thank you for taking the time to read this.
From an early age, we are told that we have a plan that we need to follow for the future. We’re told that we need to do well in school, pick a great college, obtain a degree, and mentally plan what we want as a future job. But what happens when things change? When they don’t go as planned? When events happen in life that change everything? Sometimes we feel as a failure because we have to change our plans. Maybe not go to the great and prestigious college we wanted but start in a small community college. Maybe once we pick the degree we want, halfway through realize that we no longer want that degree and end up changing. Or maybe, altogether, realize that college at that point in time may not be the best for you. A lot of people can see all of that as failures, but it is not. Sometimes, it’s good that events happen that force you to change your plans. It’s never too late to “fix” what you think is messed up, and have everything back how you think it should be. Changing colleges doesn’t mean that your life is ruined. Going after a different degree doesn’t mean that your life is going nowhere. And having to take a break doesn’t mean that you’re a failure. Sometimes, “getting lost” is a good thing, because it can help you find yourself, your way back, and a new way to keep moving forward. All of this comes from personal experience. I had my whole life planned out. I was going to go to a local community college for two years and get my Associate’s in Liberal Arts and Sciences, then transfer to Eastern Connecticut State University and get my Bachelor’s in Psychology, and then after that go to University of Connecticut to pursue my Master’s, all while working part-time. I knew how long each would take for me, and then steps I needed to do. But doubts from myself and others changed all of that. I thought maybe I shouldn’t be there in college, so I ended up leaving. I felt lost, as if I didn’t know where my life was going. And I was hearing from many people how I would never go back to school, how once I left it would be so hard to go back, that I would just stay stuck in a dead end job forever. But that is not true. Being lost taught me exactly what I wanted in my life. I knew that even though I left, it was possible to go back. So I did. I started taking online courses part-time for an accelerated degree program, while also working full-time. Just because all the voices, whether they belong to other people or yourself, tell you that you can’t do something, that’s not true. There’s always time to make changes, whether if it’s to change schools, change majors, or just change your life course to get yourself back in school. There is always a way. Just always keep looking, and never give up, no matter how lost you may feel.