As this is the first week of my master’s program, I have reflected a little on how I got to this place in my life.
I was born deaf but after many surgeries, I was able to hear, but not hearing during a key development phase, I am dyslexic. I did not learn to read until I was 12 years old and was in remedial English classes until I graduated high school. I attended some college classes in 1997-1998, but after failing English 101 three times I gave up on earning a degree.
I was tutoring me, now, wife in 2015 in history 101 and government 101 and she asked me why I didn’t have a college degree. I told her how I only needed English 101 and a Speech class and I would have enough for an associate degree. She convinced me to re-enroll in college and then she tutored me in English. With the use of Microsoft Word and Grammarly, I earned my associate degree in 2016.
After I finished with the classes in 2016 to earn the degree, my wife asked me what I planned on doing when I retired from the army. After some thought, I told my wife that I had always wanted to own a business, so I didn’t need a degree to pursue that goal. My wife pushed me to investigate a degree that might help me learn how to run a business. After some research, I found a degree that would offer classes that I thought would help me get closer to the goal of owning a business. In the fall of 2016, I started my journey into pursuing my bachelor’s degree. In the summer of 2019, I conferment of my bachelor’s degree with Summa Cum Laude honors in Business Administration with a concentration in Entrepreneurship.
I had the opportunity to finish my degree a year earlier had I chosen to forgo my concentration on only pursue a Business administration degree. Joking, I told everyone that my associate degree which was a general studies degree was for everyone else, but my bachelor’s degree was for me, so I pick what I wanted.
When I was nearing the end of my degree, I looked around at the affordability of a master’s degree that would add to the bachelor’s degree. When I found the M.E. degree at Western Carolina University, I found a degree that had the affordability I needed with the student reviews that I wanted.
This blog will be my thought as well as assignments for my pursuit of earning my Master’s of Entrepreneurship.