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Laura's Corner

I work very hard and am attending college to obtain my degree in the Human Service field. Writing makes me feel alive and gives me the opportunity to touch those whom I would not be able to otherwise. Last but not least, I have been blessed with two amazing daughters who love me completely and support my dreams. Feel free to contact me with questions, concerns or feedback.

Turn the corner.....

you may find what you're looking for.. 

I've turned a few corners in my life.  Some expected, some which have been completely last minute.  I feel very fortunate to be so very young and also have the opportunity to do whatever, whenever with whomever.

The last couple of months have been absolutely amazing.  I have a job I love, I enrolled at UW-Milwaukee and I am working out like crazy.  For the first time in my life, I am sleeping good, smiling on a regular basis and have goals I'm working very hard to achieve.

As a young girl of 19, one serving in the U.S. Army, not really knowing which way to go, I was blessed with two daughters by the age of 21.  I gave up everything, my military career, education, full time work, etc, to raise my girls.  I started from the bottom up, worked my way towards the top and started over more than once. 

It wasn't until I talked with a previous co-worker which lit a fire.  We had been discussing the military and the fact I had served 24 out of 48 months which meant I lost my initial G.I. Bill.  He told me that if I had enrolled in Wisconsin and returned to Wisconsin as a resident, I would be eligible for the Wisconsin G.I. Bill. 

After a trip to the local Veteran's Administration office in West Allis, I was put in touch with Jim Duff.  Hard core is how I describe him, yet this man did everything in his power to get me my education benefits.  After three semesters at MATC, I decided to take a break in 2010.  Mid-summer last year, after yet another corner was turned, I finally enrolled in UW-Milwaukee and decided on two classes.   My final grades in English and Africology, A- in both!!

I can't begin to tell you the excitement I feel knowing I'm achieving my lifelong dream regarding education.  From little on, I knew that I had it in me to become something so much more than even I could imagine.  Learning has always come easy to me.  Granted, until I took Africology, I had absolutely no interest in History outside of the Titanic and Holocaust.  Yet, something inside of me stirred and I couldn't wait to learn more about this history of Africa and slavery.  English, on the other hand, was another story.  Having to write reflective essays wasn't as easy as it seemed.  I had to learn big words and begin to comprehend the concept behind controlling purpose and so much more.  From the minute I began, my thought always strayed towards, "I blog, if I fail this class, I'm going to feel quite foolish", to say the least.

As I continue my education, and attempt to figure out what I want to be when I grow up, I have a few ideas.  First, I want to help others.  I want to be the hand that someone grabs on to in order to get out of whatever hole they've dug.  I want to work with others who are ready, willing and able to get help.  I also want to help others reach their fuller potential.  It's up to them to do the rest.

Whether it's social work, therapy, nutrition, personal training, teaching, or anything along that line, I'm still on my way.  I'm walking the walk and talking the talk.  I'm becoming a better me and feel so much more empowered.  One day, I'm going to be that girl.  The one who not only talks about education but includes the degree within.

To everyone who believes they can't achieve what their heart desires, you can.  I put my little girl dreams on hold for 20 years and believe most have as well.  Do something, anything, to begin the walk.  Surround yourself with others who have goals and dreams and are doing whatever they can to achieve them.  There is absolutely no excuse.  If you have time to surf the internet, you have time to take a class once a week.  Look into financial aide, scholarships, or save up a little at a time.  If education isn't for you, volunteer and get out there in order to have opportunities you would have never had the chance to experience. 

If you need direction or help, feel free to email me at Laurie53219@yahoo.com.  I don't check my email every day but will respond whenever possible.

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