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            People say, right after graduating high school, you enter the real world. It is a time to mature, grow up, and start making your own decisions. However, I did not take it near as serious as I should have. It's a critical moment in my life, where the choices I make during the next few years will dramatically affect the rest of my life. Seeing how I didn't take the first step to the real world serious, I was placed on academic probation at Western Kentucky University. After this, I was not allowed to attend Western the following semester because of my grade point average. The situation that I was in, made me realize, that I need to start looking at higher education from a different perspective.
             When I first started Western, I was extremely excited. I stayed on top of my academics. I did very well up until the last month of the semester. I had early classes from Monday to Thursday. I started talking myself out of, getting out of my bed every morning. During this time, I would miss three out of four classes a week. My grades started slipping, and by the end of the semester my grade point average wasn't high enough to go back the following semester. I didn't think it was a big deal. I didn't even know if I wanted to go to college at the time. I was there more for my parents than I was for myself.
             Later, I started to realize, I had made a big mistake not taking it seriously. I was very confident that things were going to work out for me without any effort. I knew I wanted to do something with my life, I just didn't know what. Therefore it seemed like, when I was at Western, I was just wasting my time. Not realizing, that even though I didn't know, what I wanted to do with my life at the time, I should have stayed and continued to work on my general ed requirements. Then I could make a choice on a major.
             Western wouldn't let me back in until I sat out for one semester. Since I changed my outlook on higher education, I didn't want to waste anytime.

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