I, of course, said yes.
By the end of that week we had gone down to the courthouse in Annapolis, Maryland and I was a wife and Rob was my husband.
After that trip in March I returned back to Kansas to finish off the last semester at the local community college. In May of that year I graduated with an Associate of Arts degree before loading my little Toyota Corolla up to join Rob across the country.
At the time I had every intention of continuing my education. I wanted to be a teacher while I was doing my Associates. But by the time I looked back into classes, I was ready for something else. So I dabbled in interior design for a session at the community college in Maryland. I had a come-to-Jesus moment and realized our plans of moving back to the Midwest after the military didn’t really support an interior design degree.
Enter graphic design.
The next year we had loaded that same Toyota Corolla, a Honda Civic and a moving truck down and started the trip back to Kansas. I was going to live in a one bedroom apartment with the dog while Rob spent a year in Kuwait. The perfect time to finish my schooling.
So I signed up to take online classes and two years later I graduated last summer with a Bachelor of Science in Multimedia Design and Development with a Web Design emphasis.
It took me 6 years after graduating from high school to get my degree finished. Six long, painful years.
There are a couple of things I would have changed about that path.
For starters, I would have not dilly-dallied around about what to major in. Changing my major three times added extra semesters that were nothing but a waste of money.
Then there is the money side of it. As a military spouse of a service member E-5 and lower (at the time)… I was qualified for MyCAA certifications among other degree paths. Had I looked into this form of tuition assistance I could have spent a year or two gaining an education that would easily transfer and not cost us a lot out of pocket. If there is one thing that needs to be shouted from the rooftops, it is the MyCAA program and how it benefits military spouses nationwide.
Martinsburg College is one school that does its part to help military spouses master a portable career. Since 2004 Martinsburg College has worked closely with the military community in an effort to assist service members and their families with their unique lifestyle. By providing a sophisticated learning management system and providing easy to use learning resources, Martinsburg College has over a 95% satisfaction rate among past students.
So if you are getting an education and the spouse of an E-5 or lower – do your research. The MyCAA program is there to help you – just like Martinsburg College. You deserve an education and you deserve to not stress about how you are going to get it.
For more information about MyCAA and Martinsburg College, please visit this special Facebook group full of helpful resources and information for military spouses.