Have you ever thought about age becoming an obstacle for us to study at the university again? I was concerned whether I’ve left it too long to study for a bachelor’s degree as I am 21, which is an age most students obtain the degree. I am sure that many of you have heard this worry before, but I believe now that it’s never too late to start again. Here’s my brief story before I enrolled at the University of London.
Previously, I failed in business law and macroeconomics class because I found no motivation for studying the business program when I was 19 years old. So, I dropped out from Webster University and shortly after I decided to help with my parents’ business. One year later, I realised that my world was bland and mundane from doing work that I didn’t have any passion or interest for in my heart. I felt the urge to find whoever I am in this world.
So guess what, I used my free time on weekends registering for short courses in many fields – fashion design, acting, modelling, singing, speech, and pattern and sewing classes. Most of these attempts were failures, I hadn’t found any spark or focus from myself when I tried those activities. I became so hopeless, feeling like I was suspended in life as I couldn’t find my true desire. That was until last New Year’s Eve, the day that I had no plan whatsoever for a holiday. I used my whole day thinking about what I loved to do in my school years; I found myself remembering a happy memory of myself showing my leisure typing stanza and my written diary to my host family and my favourite English teacher in Coldwater, Michigan during the year of 2012. I recall being encouraged by the teacher who gave me a compliment for my ardent creativity.
That was the moment my dream was enlightened after such a long time since I graduated high school. Thence, I wrote my inspirational essay called “Change of my heart” for the night of New Year’s Eve. Although, I didn’t have such a wonderful time counting down the final fireworks with my friends and family; my spirit was rejuvenated. I rediscovered my desire for writing and it had guided me to find my purpose and direction in life once again.
I had a marvellous time writing at my leisure and after a while, I became confident in what I aspired to. Thus this led me to find a new program to hone my comprehension and writing skills. That’s how I found this English degree program at the University of London International Programmes. The flexible study method means I can focus on my work at my parents’ shop and my studies, and my ambition to become a better writer at the same time.
There are many people who become successful later in life, and they prove to us that age is just a number. Remember, it’s never too late to begin again. The person who hasn’t achieved anything isn’t the one who has not made any mistakes or has not taken a new direction later in their life. So be glad to find your passion in your lifetime and do take action to achieve it.
Keep in mind that “Better late than never,” quoted by Spencer Johnson, the author of “Who Moved My Cheese?”
Lio Lee is currently studying CertHE English University of London program by Distance Learning in Thailand.