I was a 40 year old mother of two daughters. I was a sophomore student pursuing my adult college degree . I was a reluctant writer. I would break out in a sweat when I had to write a simple note to my child’s school explaining that I would be dismissing her early for an orthodontist appointment. I spent countless hours and days agonizing over every written paper assigned to me at Granite State College. Although I had friends, colleagues, and family members who offered to proof the papers I was tasked to write for my college evening classes, I was too embarrassed to allow anyone other than my teenage daughters to read my writings.
What changed all this for me?
What did I gain? I gained the knowledge, experience, stories, advice and support of an eclectic group of amazing writers. Our professor was a current, professional, published author. My fellow students were a mix of IT professionals, hospice workers, business owners, stay at home moms, librarians, widows, and the list goes on. Many of my classmates had published articles and short stories. When I arrived I saw myself as an outcast, being one of only two business majors. When I left, I was a struggling writer with the tools and confidence to continue on with my studies and tackle new challenges.
What did this experience do for me? This weekend intensive class, as all of the weekend college classes offered by Granite State College, offered me new experiences, new friendships, new learning opportunities and new found assurances. My days on the island began with a sunrise yoga session on the lawn instructed by Sonya, a classmate and accomplished writer and amazing woman. The days involved spirited discussions, workgroups and sharing of individual writings while sitting in rocking chairs overlooking the ocean. Our evenings ended with my sides hurting from laughing at the antics of Robin, our resident comedian! Marta, our librarian, had a dark, comical side that took time to surface; Alan was the quiet, token male, who had incredible writing talent hidden beneath his nonchalant demeanor. Jeanne was the mother of four children who wrote like she had no other responsibilities in life; writing was in her blood, in her soul. I learned so much from the many characters, writers, students in attendance.
If you are looking for more than an academic education, if you are looking for an experience, an opportunity, a life altering moment, please ask me about Granite State College and how it has changed and enhanced my life. I am happy to share my story with anyone who is interested.