The length of time it has taken me to finish school is just unbelievable. But I did it. After getting an early start—as in, took my first class as a senior in high school—and taking huge breaks in between having three kids, I finally graduated. It took me over TWENTY YEARS, but I buckled down and got it done. I have doubts as to whether I chose correctly, but the result of all those years and all my hard work and stress is a B.A. in Spanish, a B.A. in Linguistics, and the TESL certificate. I chose to major in Spanish so I could teach it eventually, but I won’t be able to do that until I get my teaching credential… something I’m not keen on doing right now because I just need a flipping break! I love linguistics and I love to travel, so I thought the TESL would serve me well should I be able to pick up and go at some point in my life. Of course, I can teach ESL here, which I like the idea of very much. I think I’d probably fare better teaching mature, willing adults versus bratty disobedient kids, anyhow! So hopefully I’ll be able to do something with what I have so far, because honestly I’m not sure how much more school I can take. Don’t get me wrong, I love going to classes and learning, but I’m pushin’ 40 for cryin’ out loud. Anyway, I’m grateful for all of the friendly, helpful people I’ve encountered along the way at Mesa and City College, and San Diego State. I’ll never forget you!