Have You Considered Returning to School Since Having Children?
Lately I’ve been thinking about returning to school. I’ve looked up various colleges and universities in our area, and I’ve searched their catalog and degree programs.
This is nothing new really. I enjoy taking classes. I love stepping foot onto the campus, in the library, into the classroom. While tests are never fun, I like opening a book and learning something I didn’t know before, and then using that in everyday life.
Sometimes I take hobby type classes, like photography. Other times I enjoy academic type classes, like those in education or writing.
So it should be no surprise that now, a year or so before I return to work full time, I’m dreaming about going back to school. I can work with the degrees I have now, but I’m considering an additional set of classes that would enable me to do something a bit different when I go back full time.
So what’s stopping me?
Time, for one. As you know, once you have kids you have an enormous amount of work to do on a daily basis; and besides, how can I take night classes when most evenings I’m in my pajamas by seven and snoozing by nine?!
Then there’s the money issue. Have you seen the cost of tuition in some of the colleges lately? I’m looking at $300 per class for undergraduate courses! I don’t recall what I paid eons ago when I went through college, but it wasn’t nearly that much. The money spent would pay off in the long run, but still, you have to come up with it BEFORE you take the classes, not after you have a new job to pay for those classes.
Then there’s location. We’re only near one college that offers limited four year degrees; the next college is an hour away; and the college that has the program I want? Two hours one way! Since I can’t drive that back and forth every week, I’d have to consider online classes; but those cost about twice as much as the traditional in-class coursework.
I know it CAN be done. A great friend of mine, after years of working with computers, is now back in school to become a nurse. Her kids are a bit older and she's been able to take some time off of work to do this. The program is nearby, so it has fallen into place for her; just as it will for me, if it is meant to happen. In terms of going back at my age, I'll never forget what Dear Abby once told an older woman about returning to school. When fearful of how old she would be when she graduated, Dear Abby said –
Well how old will you be if you don't go back?
Right now I'm still searching classes I can take. I hope to figure out a way to do this.
What about you? Do you ever dream of returning to school (even if it is just a dream?). If so, what would you study? Or what is stopping you from doing so?