Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Life Changing Decisions

Don't worry. This post has nothing to do with my relationship with my boyfriend. It has more to do with my joie de vivre. Did you sense the sarcasm? Well what you might be thinking is probably not too far from the truth.

I went to the office around 7:30am today and prepared the materials for the meeting that was scheduled at 10am. I barely had enough time to photocopy the budget allocations that I did in a rush. I usually hate doing things at the last minute, but this time, it wasn't a matter of choice. It was an emergency situation that was just dumped on me. I'm glad that my boss thinks of me as an asset, but this was too much.

After all the work I did, you would think that I would get a big break, right? Well I did, indeed. I was presented 3 new clients to handle, which left me thinking "Why can't the day be more than 24 hours?" In short, I'm even more pressed for time. I was right when I said that my boss was getting me relaxed because I just came back from my vacation. Now that the mood was over, it was time to pull out the big guns.

When the meeting ended and 3 huge folders later, I literally dragged myself to class.

Just as I predicted yesterday, 20 minutes before class, people were borrowing notes from each other and copying them. Surprisingly, no one bothered me. A fellow student, who probably already finished copying lecture notes from someone else, sat by me and so I asked her why no one approached me. She said that it was because I was typing at a breakneck speed while staring at my laptop screen with such a destructive look that could possibly explode the machine.

She asked me why I was such in a hurry to complete my case studies that were due next week, February 1st. I told her about it, and she told me that she wished she worked before she jumped right into the Masters Course.

Back when I graduated from my Bachelor's Degree in Business and Finance, it required me to have at least 3 years of experience in the workforce. Before they created the new Accounting Degree, they only gave out certificates for it. So I had to take the board exam separately, and then I took another exam to receive an Accounting Degree. At the same time, they removed the 3 year experience that was required and changed it to "preferred".

Being me, I asked the administration why they took it out. They said that after students go out in the workforce, not many returned to further their education. They also told me that if I wanted to, I could register for the program then since I'm more than qualified.

Because I didn't want to leave my co-workers in the dust and I promised myself that I will complete the 3 year work experience as it would benefit me for when I continue my education, I stayed with my original plan and didn't enlist myself.

Whether or not my decision was a right one, was evident in my Progress Report. I am really glad that I stuck to my plan. Though people criticized me for thinking that I'm a drop-out/returnee (because I knew some of the professors, but no one knew me), I silenced them with my experience in the field (hah, in their face! ← I swear I was forced to add this by my sister).

Because of my celerity, one of my professors registered me for a 2 day workshop, Grant Writing 101. It teaches the specialized writing techniques and how to go about finding available grants. It gives you the basic fundamental elements of how to break the bank and make them give you the grant that you require, though I find it out of my league.

I was talking to my boyfriend about it today, and he said that it might help in the future. Now, I just have to find someone who can tag along with me because it says that it's registered for 2 people.

Some people might think that I have made all the wrong decisions because of how busy I am, but to be honest, I don't regret making them. I find that the decisions that I've made through a lot of planning, organization, and thoughts, had led me to a better path than what my life could have been if I hadn't planned ahead, and became a capricious person.

Mainly an advice to my sister:
So to those who are still in school, I would suggest that you start planning how you would want your life to be. Even if you only think about it for a minute and say to yourself, "yeah, that's what I want to be doing" and motivate yourself towards your goal, in the long run, I'm sure that when you look back at that minute, you'd be glad that you planned ahead.