You’ve made the decision to go back to school to further your education and learn new skills. It’s a very exciting time in your life. You know you’ve made the right decision, but now your life is becoming more stressful and is dramatically changing. Your free time has suddenly diminished. What do you do now?

Perseverance. defines perseverance as, “steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., esp. in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.”

This is a reminder that there are many students wrestling with the same time restraints and the daily exhaustion of a busy life in order to get an education. Busy people get the most accomplished. We hear from many of your classmates. They are working, caring for their children, grandchildren, or parents, volunteering their time to charities, and they still find time to get an education. At the start of this fall season, we want to remind you that you are not alone. You can meet others like yourself on eCampus, an online community for Penn Foster students, faculty, alumni, and prospective students!

It’s true that distance learning has special challenges, but you can succeed. Stay focused and on track. Continue with your studies, fight for the education you want, ask for help, and persevere.


Fall seven times, stand up eight. ~Japanese Proverb

The drops of rain make a hole in the stone not by violence — but by falling often. ~Lucretius

If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking. ~Buddhist Saying

I may not be there yet, but I’m closer than I was yesterday. ~Author Unknown

When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. ~Franklin D. Roosevelt

Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of
doing the hard work you already did. ~Newt Gingrich


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