As I look back 30+ years ago at my experience as a First-generation post-secondary student, I realize it was a huge step for me and my family. I was the first one of 19 grandchildren from a farming-focused family to go on to post-secondary education, and it was hard. My grandmother couldn't understand my choice and wondered, out loud, many times, why I was "wasting my time." This made me even more determined. I struggled, but between OSAP, Kraft Dinner and my mom's care packages, I survived. I didn't have any school role models or close friends to seek advice so there were a lot of bumps. I "fled" home every weekend but determinedly returned each Sunday night ready to keep going. By the end of second year, I found I could "do it" and became involved in school. Then, I truly enjoyed it. Also, a co-op job at General Motors launched me head-first into a corporate world and taught me school was valuable. It was teaching me to think and question and learn the language of business.
Bottom-line, each of us needs to make our own choices in life. If you truly want to try something, lay out your goals and plans and go for it. Sure, there may be detours, and the path may be difficult, but if you never try you'll never know. I'm glad I tried a different road.