Friday, March 13, 2009

This story has a point: Part 3

And it has an end. This is taking far longer than I anticipated.

ANYWAY, to wrap things up, I’ll summarize by saying that a few months after the failed career attempts, I ended up becoming employed by the library. I didn’t know what to expect, but I certainly wasn’t anticipating falling in love with it the way I did. And I discovered a lot of things about myself. For example, while memorizing lots of biological minutiae is not a strength of mine, it turns out working with people is. And though I probably would have made a lousy teacher, it turns out I make a pretty good librarian.

Looking back at college, I can see that there were things I was really good at, but because they weren’t the things I wanted to be good at, I overlooked them. And when I was trying to find work, I didn’t take into consideration what excited me. But once I recognized and decided to appreciate my strengths and not to sweat my weaknesses, I found my stride.

So finally, The Point: It’s been four years since I graduated from college and resolved that I would never return. But after a few course corrections, I’ve decided to try again. I’ve applied for and been accepted into a master’s of library science program and I’ll start in the fall. I think things will go much smoother this time around.

Seems like an awful lot of writing when I could have just said, “I’m going back to school,” huh? So why don’t I throw in A Moral, too? Here it is: Sometimes it’s only after we’ve strayed quite far from the path that we can recognize when we’ve finally found it again.

And just for good measure, I offer A Tip: From time to time, a little introspection does a body good.

The End.


Erinn Merritt said...

Jessica, I've enjoyed getting to know you better from these posts. I too started with one degree and changes majors as well as colleges a few times. I have a bachelors in Business, a Masters in education, but now plan to stay home for as long as there are young children in our home. What a journey!

Cindy said...

Oh, Jessica, I so well remember when I first met you - how you were still grieving not being in a ministry! How God has used you, and will continue to use you in people's lives. I loved the months we spent praying together! You are a minister of God's love wherever you are - that I know! Thanks for sharing your journey. I know this new adventure will be fun for you! Kudos on not giving up, but continuing to explore and learn.

Jessica said...

Erinn, I love how it always seems to work out in the end. Glad to hear those babies are doing so well!

Jessica said...

It's fun to have people to share in the ups and downs with. Thanks, Cindy!