ENCV – 0027-01C
22, April 2015
Challenges Encountered on My First Semester Back at College
When I first decided to return to college for spring semester, I didn’t realize how difficult it would be. The last time I stepped foot on this campus was eight years ago and I didn’t have any responsibilities. I wasn’t a mom or a wife back then. I was 18 years old and full of ambition and the desire to make something of myself. But things changed once I met with my now ex-boyfriend Michael; he had money and owned an online marketing company. It was exciting to learn new things and Michael helped me create my own online marketing company. That seemed like an amazing feat at the age of 19. I didn’t have a care in the world or any desire to go back to college after seeing the amount of money I was making. Unfortunately, being young and not smart with my money, I blew it all on stupid stuff and lived in the moment I didn’t save any money or even think about my future.
After three years of having my own online marketing company and working with Michael, we decided to merge our companies into a larger company, but that was a mistake. Michael had plenty of money but he turned to drugs and started to become violent towards me. Before I knew it, I had been with him for five years, through the good and the bad. Unfortunately, it became apparent that he wasn’t going to change when he became so physically and mentally abusive I had to leave him and our joint company behind. I had to start over and that wasn’t easy. I was 23 years old with no college education and no job. Thankfully my family stuck by me and helped me through that difficult time in my life. I was able to get back on my feet and meet new people.
I met George Smith when I was 24. George was such a nice guy, I knew he was the one for me. After a year together we got...