When you’re 35 in college

6 Jun

No I didn’t take a break.  No I didn’t have kids.  No I didn’t have a career and decide to go “back to school.”  I have severe mental illnesses that have kept me from obtaining a BA even though I’ve been in college, mostly community college, since graduating high school; nearly 16 years ago.  I have a few associates degrees.  I often got hospitalized or had to finish semesters on incompletes or withdraws because of my mental illness.  I was limited to the number of courses I could take without having to much stress which would worsen my psych symptoms.  I’ve completed one full year at UC Davis now.  I have a year and a half more to get by double major or two Bachelor’s degrees.  Will I be stable enough to do it?  I think so.  It’s been 2 years without a hospitalization, and the voices have only had a couple episodes.  The thing is though with chronic acute illnesses you never know when the next episode will hit and how severe it will be.  For now, I’m appreciating the year I got under my belt and planning the future as if it will be stable and doing by best to help facilitate that.

2 Responses to “When you’re 35 in college”

  1. G. Collerone June 7, 2017 at 12:07 AM #

    I’m proud of you!! I am also happy for you!

  2. manyofus1980 July 8, 2017 at 4:51 PM #

    thats awesome marci well done on getting through the first year! think positive things may just work out and there might be no symptoms hospitalations etc. I’m rooting for ya. xoxox

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