Michael Turner - Writing the Next Chapter Myself



When I knew I was leaving the military, after six years of service, five of which were in Japan; I really didn’t know what to do next, or where to go. I dwelled on it for quite a while, with almost everyone around me telling me to do what I didn’t want to do. Should I go back to the U.S. and get a nine-to-five job? Should I stay in the Navy? Should I somehow become a stay-at-home-husband? Questions like these plagued my mind, and I didn’t really like any of those outcomes. However, sometimes, the thing you are really looking for has been right in front of you the entire time.

Deciding to attend Lakeland College Japan Campus (LCJ) was one of the best choices I could have made at that time. The size of the school is fairly small, so I have good relationships with the instructors. The international-ness of the student body expanded my conceptions of other cultures, as well as making all sorts of different friends and networks. Being in a two-year school gave me time to test out and figure what I really wanted to do after my college era. Also, after becoming a tutor in many different subjects, I discovered I enjoyed helping fellow students become better students.

Now I know what I want to do with my life, and LCJ gave me the starting path necessary to achieve that. A friend of mine once said that a dream is something that remains a dream until you do something about it, and it only dies once you decide to stop chasing that dream. He’s a pretty inspiring guy. But instead of trying to reach a dream, I’d rather create one. Instead of trying to chase the dream, I'd rather live it. It all started with LCJ, giving me the tools and know-how to write the next, upcoming chapters in my life, from the start to the end… and the next beginning.

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