I took that trip to Harvard last month as a vacation of sorts from work and Los Angeles, to visit a friend, and to fulfill the final part of the process of returning to Harvard. It gave me something to look forward when I was at work, bored out of my mind or frustrated with dealing with customers. Thankfully, I was cut from work the Friday before my trip; I didn’t have to lie to them about why I was leaving for a week. My employers didn’t know my educational history; they hired me through a temporary work agency and never mentioned my education.
There were moments when I resisted the idea of returning to Harvard, either because I felt that it wasn’t for me or because I felt that my educational interests could be better met at another institution. In this year-and-a-half away, I did a lot of soul-searching and ultimately came away with the answers I needed to justify continuing my education, especially at the same place I had left in the middle of the semester the previous year.
There were moments when I wanted to become part of that two percent of students who don’t graduate from Harvard, but I ultimately saw that the life I want to lead is near impossible without an academic degree.
Si Dios me da licencia, estaré de nuevo en Harvard el 31 de agosto, listo para empezar el año escolar el día siguiente.
This post will be published about an hour before my plane is due to land in Boston. I’m giving it another try at Harvard. Let’s see if I can complete my education in my fell swoop or if I will be one of the non-traditional students, who studies for a while then takes a leave to work, only to repeat the cycle.
Updates will clearly become irregular once again, but more substantial. If I do join one of the different papers or magazines, I’ll make sure to post my articles here.