“I am clearing my mind and figuring out where I want to be in life. I have a bachelor’s degree in professional health sciences from USA but it is hard getting a job. I am overqualified for some. It is hard getting interviews with the ones I qualify for because I don’t have enough experience and it is hard getting that experience. I am working the front desk at a hospital right now. I was taught all of my life to go to college and get a degree and you will get a good job. Nursing and engineering are the degrees that are paying well. I did the nursing program, but in the last semester I lost my mom to esophageal cancer and failed out. I tried to fight for my spot to stay in, but after losing my mom like that, it was so painful that I couldn’t go back into it.
My mother died four years ago. June 16. The cancer diagnosis and her dying in Thomas Hospital happened so fast. That pain never goes away. You just learn how to deal with it. Mama was my rock. She taught me to work hard and love others. Before she died, she made me promise to take care of my younger sister. That is a promise I keep no matter what, but it isn’t always easy. My sister let fear take over her life since our mom died and does not drive. We live in Bay Minette and she goes to Coastal. I drive her to her Tuesday night class in Fairhope. I have become a second mama and making sure she graduates. I try to get her to make changes to take control of her life. She can do it. I am trying to listen to my own advice. I am learning to let go of the hurt and the walls. I am learning to be patient, but I am ready to see the light somewhere.
Work experience verses a degree. Is it worth it going into debt? I don’t know. I made more money working in retail for seven years and selling clothes. Now it is pulling teeth hoping to hang on until the next paycheck. I need to get a second job, but it will be harder to take care of my sister. I know this is only a season in our lives and we will both figure it out. One day mama will be proud of both of us.”