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Alspaugh_Formal Report_ENG301_SEC88450_Oct 2008

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A Story about an ASU Student and Career Discovery by April Alspaugh ENG301 (88450) Formal Report October 26, 2008
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Introduction Taking a look at my college experience and course history, one may say I fall into the category of professional student rather than a degree seeker. This, however, was not my vision. Before offering my explanation of why I chose ASU West and my major of study, there is some history I need to address about how I got to where I am today. When I graduated from high school in 1999, I had to decide which college I wanted to go to just as many students do. Personally, I never thought about college as an option – it was just something you do in life. I narrowed my decision down to two universities; one being Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ and the other Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. If I chose NAU I would be close enough to home to visit family often, but far enough to live on my own. Also, I had paid a visit to the campus with a previous graduate from the degree program I was interested in, and I absolutely fell in love with the campus environment. If I chose Pepperdine I would be surrounded by other people who shared my Christian faith and could help me stay strong in it through some of the toughest years I would face. Although I never visited the campus, its location in Malibu and the pictures on the web pages were convincing enough for me. After applying to both and weighing the tuition costs against the educational experiences I would receive, I accepted a scholarship to NAU. I began my higher education in the Fall of 1999 at NAU with an educational goal of majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Accounting. It did not take long for me to figure out I had to choose between the two because this sort of degree did not exist. I could either major in education with an “emphasis” in mathematics, or opt for a duel degree. Once again I was faced with a hard, life shaping decision. Because all my life I wanted to teach junior high mathematics, preferably honors students, I chose to take this path. After only one year at NAU, I ended my relationship with the college. I gave up my scholarship and enrolled in courses at community colleges back in the valley in order to accommodate for my personal life instead of my degree seeking life. I married young and started a family shortly after.
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