Why now?

“A very good friend of mine, who would go to the ends of the Earth for this organization, or for anyone who might be at a point in his/her life where they needed a helping hand, asked if I would consider sharing my most recent post from my personal page with all of you wonderful people here. Before I do that, here’s a little bit about myself: I’m originally from Sacramento, California, the youngest of three. Today I call Colorado home. I am a retired Army Veteran who served for 20 years. I did three combat tours in Iraq and two combat tours in Afghanistan. Other overseas tours include two peacekeeping missions in Bosnia-Herzegovina and one tour in Kosovo. I started out as a printing press operator, then I moved over to the Intelligence field. Duty stations include: Fort Shafter, Hawaii, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Katterbach Kaserne, Germany, Fort Carson, Colorado, and Joint Base Elmendorf – Richardson, Alaska.

If there is even a small benefit to anyone here in doing so, it would be a privilege to share a little bit of myself here and my ongoing pursuit of higher education, from my most recent post:

“Even though I already had a good idea what my final grade was going to be for my last class, I just received the official notification about an hour ago. 98.5% A

I’ve been asked a few times: why now? What suddenly made you decide to sign up for college classes?

The answer is quite simple, really: it’s because I wasn’t smart enough or disciplined enough to do it when I was younger. That is the cold, hard truth of the matter. School bored me like nothing else. I had absolutely no interest whatsoever in education & learning. I believed it to be completely useless, worthless, & a total waste of time. I actually thought I could get by in life by doing the absolute bare minimum & achieve the same results as my better educated counterparts. And yes, I really was stupid enough to believe in the illusion I had created for myself. And after joining the Army, I thought I had it made. Why should I trouble myself with school now? With my Military knowledge & experience, I can do anything I want when I get out.
Or so I thought. But such would not turn out to be the case.

In time, I would figure out just how completely wrong I was in my line of thought. I took a class here, a class there, but I still wasn’t taking things seriously enough to go the distance. It wasn’t until I was near the end of the Army Line that I came to the stark realization that I just didn’t quite have the right knowledge to continue on in the ‘real world’. I had hoped I might find the right opportunity with the right person that could set me up for long-term success, but such was not meant to be. If I was going to ‘take it to the next level’, it was going to have to be ME that would have to take that next, bold step into creating a new beginning for myself.
Now that I have a few classes under me (eight thus far), I’m seeing that it really isn’t all that tough, & I’m even finding myself enjoying the learning experience for the most part. I have also been challenged with some of the course curriculum, more than I expected, but I still managed to get through it.
Back when I was younger, if anyone would have told me that I would make straight A’s when I was finally ready for college, I would have thought that person would absolutely need to be committed for having such ridiculously optimistic thoughts about me.

I also felt there was something else in my life I needed to do. I suddenly felt a strong need to finish something I had started so many years earlier.
And here I am, almost halfway into finishing the degree program I signed up for last November. If all goes well, I should be a college graduate by this time next year.
It’s a great feeling to be where I am now, albeit, at a place long since overdue.
And yet, everything just feels so right…………”

Posted by David.

We learn from school. We learn from our mistakes. Either way… it’s worth learning.

SGT David Berkowitz

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