After graduating with a BA in psychology and a minor in social work, I found myself working in the jail system of a large city in the Southeast (location omitted to protect the not-so innocent). What an eye-opening experience!
My job was to screen inmates who had applied for the work-release program, which for them was essentially a “get-out-of-jail” card — their chance to live in a dorm facility and go to work each day.
Life is about making choices, and for some, they lead to the judicial system. I often wondered where things took a wrong turn for these folks, many of whom were only 18 to 21 years old. Regardless of how they ended up incarcerated, I learned two lessons from my “prison time” that I’ve found to be relevant in my career, outlook on continuing education, and life in general.
Lesson #1: There is always hope.
If you’re reading this, you may be interested in going back to college. What does hope look like when it comes to furthering your education? I’ve known people who decided to pursue a degree to give themselves more opportunities in the workplace. I’ve also known others who decided to finish something they started long ago, simply to set an example for someone close to them. If you relate to either one of these scenarios, you owe it to yourself to find out your options and discover more information on how you can turn your hopes into reality. The opposite of hope is despair: I once worked with someone who decided not to further their education, and the field they worked in dried up.
" You can’t remain shackled to your past or present if you want to achieve your future goals. "
Lesson #2: There is always opportunity.
The opportunity to go back to school, change your career or, like the population I worked with, to avoid incarceration again, is always there! Seize it. You can’t remain shackled to your past or present if you want to achieve your future goals.
Let’s face it, the unknown can be pretty scary, but my job at Johnson & Wales University is to help you find hope, capitalize on opportunity, and navigate through the admissions process. Just fill out the “Request Info” form on this page and we’ll contact you soon to help you explore your options.