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Winning Essays 2013 > Miranda

Winning Essay: Miranda Hoffpauir

Why a Degree? 

MirandaI want a degree from Northwest Vista because I feel I now have the self-confidence to move on in my life. My name is Miranda Hoffpauir. I am 34 years old, business owner, and wife. I have been attending Northwest Vista College for two years full time and now ready to earn my Associates in what I love; Business.

Now, I didn’t always know what I wanted to do “when I grew up.” I took years to find myself. Having dead end jobs for years, I knew that I will not go anywhere in life if I continue down that path. I still felt like I was missing something in life. I knew I had to change, but I have never thought of myself as smart. I started to attend Community College in Dallas and needless to say, I didn’t do as well as I should have done. I saw college as this huge lake, with people playing at the edge, dipping their toes in the water and people in the deep water in the middle swimming around like sharks. I was just dipping my toes in the water playing along the edge.

All that changed when I moved to San Antonio. I got laid off and didn’t know what to do. I decided to risk it all and start a business. That was 6 years ago. I am doing well, enough to live on. Years of trying to start and run a business with no help or really having a clue what I was doing drove me to further my education. I was ready to get in the deep water with college.

Now, knowing what I want to do and the roads that have led me here have already changed my life. After being at Northwest Vista, I found brains I never knew I had. Making great grades, getting involved in actives that will define me forever, I feel my life is coming together. This is what I was meant to do. I joined the Student Leadership Institute, Phi Theta Kappa, and The National Society of Leadership Success. With a GPA of 3.8, I have never been more alive. I have found this inner strength and self confidence in me I never knew I had. I have made wonderful friends, now play golf seriously, and started belly dancing; all because I have this self-confidence. College has helped me find myself after all these years. To help me find that self-convenience I had deep inside me to push myself.

Over all, I have that burning inside me to continue; to jump in that deep water in the middle of the lake and swim with sharks. I want it all, and I want to go get it. I want to earn my way as a hard working person in and out of school. My time in college, by far, has been my best and I now have the confidence to continue to fulfill my life goals.