I did not graduate from Harvard University.
I was never a tuition paying, registered student there. I could never afford the tuition (whether I think it is worth it or not) and never even considered applying. I went into the Air Force as an 18 year old and retired 20 years later. I was a single parent for part of that time and then met and married my husband and we were a “dual couple” military family. We both deployed and worked 12 hour shifts. Between my military job, raising my kids and being a wife, there was no time to even think about college. I actually waited to go to college until my children were grown. When my daughter left home to attend college in Fort Worth, I enrolled at the local community college and studied Tourism Management and Hotel Management. Getting a degree was never my goal. I wanted to LEARN as much as I could about Travel, Tourism and the Hospitality industry. I used my GI bill to study what I was most passionate about. I worked a full time job (customer service, call center, night shift-3 things that can individually make a grown person run away or cry) and went to school during the day. I learned a LOT and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of class time.
If it weren’t for stupid Math, I would probably finish my degree.
I actually love learning. I just hate feeling stupid. Math makes me feel stupid, it is NOT my friend. Bottom line though, my dream is not to have an Associates Degree in Tourism Management/Hotel Management, My dream is to TRAVEL as much as possible, meet as many people as possible while traveling and share my experiences with as many people as possible in order to INSPIRE them to get out into this fabulous world and explore. I look at the world as one big classroom where everyone can enroll with NO tuition fee. It’s like “public education”. There is so much you can learn by traveling without having to spend any money (or very little). If you have the money and want to learn even more (or have unique experiences), you can afford “private education”. This would be travel that costs money (tours, vacations at resorts, flying to another country, etc.). The point is, if you want to learn you CAN. The opportunities are all around you and there is no excuse for not traveling and learning something new.
My husband and I were in New Hampshire this weekend for our nieces wedding. We flew into Boston and then took a bus to Lebanon, NH. I was going to have all afternoon Monday to explore Boston before flying back home early Tuesday morning. I have been to Boston with my nieces kids (in the middle of winter, NOT my favorite time to be in New England) so I really wanted to do something different and outside of the main Boston attractions. I decided to take the T and head to Harvard. When we lived in Williamsburg, I used to love walking around the campus of William and Mary. There is just something so inspiring about being on the grounds of historic Universities. The architecture alone is enough to keep me busy taking pictures all day.
I have never been to Harvard and the weather was going to be perfect. I did a little research and discovered they offered FREE student led tours. The last one was at 2 pm and I would just make it. It was only an hour long and would give me plenty of time afterward to explore a little more on my own. I could NOT wait!!! I was going to Harvard! Does this mean that if someone was boasting about where they went to college and said “Did you go to College?” I could now reply “Yes, I actually WENT to Harvard”. HaHa. I was cracking myself up and decided that it was a Bill Clinton truth. It’s sort of the truth--I did GO TO Harvard. I didn’t attend the University, but I did go there.
Then I decided I should try and make it a little more fun and be able to say that “I actually studied at Harvard”. So, I took a picture of myself posing or “studying” a map while on the grounds to prove my literal point. Here I am, studying at Harvard:
Wow, that just came to me as I was writing this.
Since I am not a college educated writer, I think being a field trip leader (tour guide/traveler) is probably my ULTIMATE dream job. I used to love watching Samantha Brown on the Travel Channel. She was living my life (just with a TV crew following her around) and I knew that if she ever met me, we would become BFF’s and live happily ever after. Now that she has had twins (Congratulations Samantha) and is busy being a parent, she might want to “tag me in” like a wrestling partner and let me take the baton and run with it (in case track is more your thing)! Until then, I will just continue to travel and share my adventures with you here (basically just pretend I am Samantha). And since we are in class, we will now have show and tell---Woo Hoo!! It’s picture time (cue applause and cheers)