Today I am working on my 8 th college degree from an accredited institution as it is a 45 credit hour Master’s degree in Business Administration (also note my videos on my educated both one and two). Before I started my MBA program, I completed a 3 year 93 credit hour Master of Divinity degree and before that I completed two different 4 year bachelor degree programs that comprised of about 120 credit hours each. Before I started my bachelor degree programs, I had already completed the course work for four different 2 your associate degree programs that each comprised of about 64 credit hours. In all my college education has spanned from the summer of 1998 to a carefully planned end in spring 2014 (until I can afford my doctorate), and I have always strived to have full-time school for three semesters a year between those dates.
If not for the ability to do course substitutions for overlapping degree requirements, I would have needed 634 credit hours and 42 semesters at the maximum full-time rate of 15 credit hours a semester to complete all of my degree requirements. That would be over 21 years of college study for the traditional college student. Fortunately for me I was able to waver the first two years on both of my bachelor degrees because I had qualifying associate degrees, and I was able to substitute many overlapping degree requirements so that I would not have to take two similar classes to satisfy similar requirements for two different degree programs.
Although when I add my degree majors, degree minors, and college awarded certificates together, I find myself to be an expert on over 14 different college subjects, I must remind myself that many of the classes that I took as an undergraduate I had to attempt multiple times for certain fields. The fact that I could hardly read or write when I graduated from high school only added to this problem. If not for the fact that I had been kicked in the groin for many years in my childhood when I would be running home from school, I would have never had the drive to endure so much disappointment in college while continuing to persevere.
Being in college for so many years has granted me the opportunity to overcome a multitude of challenges. I have for example had times when I stayed awake for over 72 constant hours studying, going to class, doing homework, and working at my job. I have lived in a multitude of different locations and housing arrangements to minimize college costs as these have included a tent, a school bus, many different dormitories, my parent’s house, and a multitude of different apartment settings. I have had times when I would have to really stretch the meal budget, and I have had times when my only mode of transportation would suffer a major mechanical failure when I would be close to final exams, nearly broke, and over 450 miles from home. Overall, although the goal that I began in the summer of 1998 was so overwhelming that I could not even communicate it to others for fear of being seen as crazy, I now have more qualifications than anyone else that I know.
The key to my success in school is to never quit trying, take failure as a learning experience for future success, and to continue to hope for a better future. The belief that when God starts a work in a person that he will carry it out until completion (Philippians 1:6) has been critical to my success in college, and the concept that unless God does the work, the laborer labors in vain (Psalm 127:1) has also been key to my success. If not for Christ Jesus working in my life to accomplish the Father’s will, I do not believe that I would have anything really worth talking about.