• Lydia Gray

Why I Chose To Go To College Online

There were several factors that played into my decision to go to college online.

Here are the top three that helped influence my decision:

1. Relationship

2. Family

3. Career

1. Relationship

Okay, so when you read my first blog post then you know that a big part of my story is the relationship that I was in my senior year of high school. One of the main reasons that I chose to go to college online was because he did not want me to go off to school and leave him. I agreed to stay around and go to college online to pacify his request.

I learned a lot from that failed relationship and I am very grateful for the lessons learned during that time in my life. This was one of many clearly orchestrated events by God that has me on the path that I am on today.

Oddly enough I decided that the next year I was physically going to go to college and create a whole new life for myself. Which leads me to point number two.

2. Family Influence

First of all, I have the most amazing family. They are all supportive and have always looked out for my best interest. As it turns out, there were members of my family that encouraged me not to go off to college as well. At the time I didn't understand why and I'm not sure I will until I (hopefully) have children of my own.

I'm unbelievably grateful for the guidance and Godly example displayed by my parents. My dad could tell that I was struggling. He knew that I thought it would be easier to go off to school rather than face the fear of not knowing exactly what I wanted to do with my life.

Godly parents and family influence is another example of how God has clearly orchestrated the events in my life that led to my decision to go to college online.

3. Career Influence

At the beginning of 2016 I decided to really just put my entire situation in God's hands. I put all my trust into Him and tried to do what He was asking me to do. As always, God came through in unimaginable ways months later.

My dream job quite literally fell into my lap and I haven't looked back since. I would have been crazy to give that up for the "college experience."

So as most of you know one of the many hats I wear is that of a "wedding planner". This is surreal to even type. It wasn't until recently that I introduced myself to a client as their wedding planner because I didn't feel like I was worthy of the title. This has always been my dream and now I am living it! Had I gone off to college I would not be currently living this dream.

Now don't get me wrong, there have been days when I just wanted to crawl under a rock and give it all up for something easier. But most days I am awe struck that I get to live this beautiful life.

Online college is not for everyone. It takes discipline. You are your own accountability partner. It is fast paced and stressful. I've been committed and that's why it has worked for me.

So, only one semester left and while I'm excited to close this chapter in my life it is also bittersweet to contemplate. Looking back from where I started and seeing where God has led me today has simply been amazing.

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