It’s graduation season again, which means I am once again feeling a little envious.
I have accepted that I am ill and will remain so for the rest of my life unless there is some sort of cure discovered in my lifetime. It’s okay, I can and do still have a good life for the most part. I don’t generally waste much time wondering what could have been had I not had these illnesses.
That all being said; when it is graduation season and I see photos of all my friends graduating from various prestigious colleges I do get sad and jealous. Then I feel guilty for feeling jealous.
I have never been well enough to complete any college classes. In fact, since my health first really started going downhill a decade ago there have been only two years of school that I completed without significant absences. Eighth grade and tenth grade.
I want to go to college to study Biology and specialize in Genetics. I would love to be able to contribute to the research affecting the connective tissue disorders community.
Currently I am looking at various not-for-profit online colleges. Online college still takes a lot of energy; a brain that is hard at work uses A LOT of energy points. However, at least there is not the extra energy loss from traveling to school, sitting upright in uncomfortable lecture halls and labs, florescent lighting, and traversing campus to get from class to class. Having the option to stay in your pajamas and attend class from your favorite recliner sounds good to me.
I am not enrolled anywhere yet, just looking at some options.