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Helgerson 1Over the years as you think back to when you were a kid Going back to school meant a variety of things With it came all the emotions and feelings that you carry with you for the rest of your life At the time you had no idea what they meant or how to deal with it You just knew how it made you feel Like your first day at kindergarten scared and totally overwhelmed All night before my big day I threw up That morning I walked through the door sat down at my desk and threw up From that first day going back to school was a nauseas experience for me That was a long time ago and there have been many first days for me Now at thirty-three I have decided to go back to school It has been fifteen years since I graduated from high school At twenty-one tired of the blank nothingness that had filled the space inside my head Where I once had a brain decided to go to college It was 1988 I was a single mother and felt there was something missing in my life Not only that I wanted the respect and acceptance of family and friends I had it in my head that to be treated like an equal with men You had to have a degree The ability to have an intellectual conversation versus the typical hey baby or you dont know what youre talking about Really bothered me I didnt want to be thought of as lesser than based on my gender or less intelligent because I had tits Nor did I want to be in the stereotype women have been cast into throughout time Inspired by being the first in my family to go to college and the first to break the generations of abuse and addiction I would break the cycle and
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