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Bernice Ybarra

BA Creative Writing & English - Fiction, Class of 2014

"I've had awesome advisors who were there each time I needed help because of home or health situations."

I've had awesome advisors who were there each time I needed help because of home or health situations. I've worked under several instructors and professors who were more than willing to offer time to a student. But basically my goals have been my dream, and I wanted to complete my dreams by a set time. I have set my time limits, and have studied as much as possible. This included the neglect of my grown children and grandchildren at times. However, I do not regret it—this is my time, and I hope to finish my degree by August of this year. My children are extremely proud of their mother and encourage me when I'm not turning down babysitting time. My husband is a big help; he sometimes explains the complications of algebra and geometry.

One has to decide to go for their goals, no matter their age or available time. A student should spend at least two hours a day on homework, and they will get through the class fine. Spend more than two hours daily and you'll get an A and a better GPA. Education is based on how much time one is willing to put into it. Instead of watching a movie, use the time to research and study. Instead of the coffee shop with friends, use the time to write a paper. Instead of the weekly bar date with friends, use that time to respond to posts. Instead of a life, use the time to get a degree. One's grades reflect the time one is willing to spend with his or her study time.