I went back to school to learn the basics. If I can accomplish the basics of reading and writing, I would feel I am no longer on the outside. As I grew older, I felt the need to return to education to fill in the emptiness I felt inside. Every day I thought about it, I felt I was getting older without doing anything about it. One day I decided this was the time to do something about it, not tomorrow. I took the first step.
I went to Coláiste Dhulaigh and made the enquiries. My journey began. I started school in September 1999 in Rosary College, Raheny, which is part of Coláiste Dhulaigh. My first day I didn’t know what to expect. I was anxious and doubtful that I had made the right decision. That morning on the way to school I started to wonder about so many things. All my doubts and uncertainties had almost made me turn back. It’s a miracle I ever made it to my first class. That first day I was introduced to all the tutors and when all the introductions were over my journey began.
My step forward showed me that personal change, generally proceeds step by step. I realised believing in one’s self first and foremost is essential for personal development. For a long time I was just drifting along aimlessly. It was important to recognise my problem and take charge of my life without looking for excuses. I decided to empower myself with a positive attitude by taking one step, one day at a time.