I Am A Non Traditional Student Essay

1012 Words Feb 26th, 2016 5 Pages
I am a non-traditional student who began my college matriculation 15 years after receiving my high school diploma. When I was graduating from high school, I was afraid of becoming an adult. I had lived a sheltered life compared to my peers growing up on a dairy farm. Instead of pursuing a college education, I got married and started a family. I was fortunate to be a stay-at-home mother during that 15 year gap in formal education. This allowed me to mature comfortably into a role of an adult with a secure personal identity. I have experienced symptoms of depression and anxiety since I was a teenager. I refused to seek any form of treatment since I refused to believe it was a problem. In June of 2005 I finally sought treatment for my depression. I was given medication by my family doctor; the medication afforded me the ability to change my attitude. I was no longer suffering from constant anxiety and was able to appreciate how my rumination upon none existent problems was unhealthy. Receiving treatment helped to give me a new perspective on life and my personal identity. The freedom I felt from the alleviation of my depression and anxiety symptoms motivated me to take on new challenges in life. When my youngest child entered kindergarten, I began college. My deeper understanding of myself provided me with the courage to pursue a college degree and a future career. I had allows had a love of learning and maintained an active mind, but now I was able to use that…

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