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Posted by Alicia Babb on

As most of you know, I have been going to school full time since May of 2023. I made the decision to change to a different school, and after lots and lots of research, I landed at WGU.

Most of you also know that I am a morning person, and I like to go to bed with my chickens, so the idea that their mascot is a night owl is quite a "hoot" to me... On January 1st (yesterday), I woke up at 4:00 ready to hit the ground running. Welllllll... I wasn't able to. I looked on Reddit and in a few Facebook groups and saw that multiple people were having the same issues, so I emailed my program mentor (advisor), reached out to student support, and then went about my day.

At some point, I lost my mind and decided to completely redo my chicken coop... I'm pretty excited about this, by the way. During the process of removing the dresser that was being used for nesting boxes, that my chickens had decided to also use as a roosting area (and it was covered in poop), I received a phone call from student services (on New Years Day!!!) and they helped me to get started since my program mentor was off for the holiday.

I am so proud to say that after finished my work in the chicken coop, I came inside and got to work on my first course with WGU (after a shower, because--- chicken poop). In one day's time (not even the whole day because of my delay) I was able to make it through half of the work for the course. This is not because the course was easy, mind you, it's still college... It is because, number one, I was able to apply the knowledge that I already have, and number two, I was able to sit down and just get stuff done rather than work on a university's schedule. 

To say that I am excited about finishing my degree at WGU is an understatement. I love being able to work at my own pace, being able to work quickly on things that I understand, and then being able to take my time to dig into information that I don't have that same level of comfort with. I cannot wait to say that I have finished this first class and that I am moving on to the next one (which will happen in the next day of two). I am sure that some of these classes will take much longer to finish than others, and that's okay, because I no longer feel like I am twiddling my thumbs, waiting for what I can do next.

Happy new year! I hope everyone out there is working to make some positive changes for themselves, just as I am.


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