Many of us have kids who have started back to school. It’s that time of year. The start of this school year was different at our house. For the first time in 15 years, I also had a “First Day of School.”
After 15 years, I also headed back to school to pursue my Master’s Degree. It’s exciting, overwhelming, and a bit frightening – much as it is for our children. I am taking classes online for the first time in my life. Isn’t modern technology fascinating? Because of the internet, I am able to pursue my degree from the school of my choice even though we don’t live near the campus. I am able to pursue my degree while working and raising a family. I am able to go to school in my yoga pants and even pajamas if I want. I am still up at midnight studying and reading, so that hasn’t changed.
But, I am 37 now. I have a career, a husband with a career, a home to take care of, and I have children. College is much different now. There are no parties to go to. My late nights consist of me with my laptop, my books and a cold drink, a cold drink of water that is.
Life as a college student now is much different. I value my education so much more than I did when I was 18. My online discussions with my classmates are much more intellectual now because of our varied real world experiences. I can be in class at 6 a.m. or 8 p.m. depending on my daily schedule.
I have put off getting my Master’s Degree for many reasons. I had young children at home for many years and wanted to soak up every moment I could with them while I was able to be a stay at home mom. I worked two jobs and raised two children while my husband was deployed. We moved around quite frequently for a while. Then, 5 years ago, I was diagnosed with cancer for the first time.
I always wanted to get my Master’s Degree, but it’s taken me a while to finally get started. But here I am, 15 years later and I am finally getting back to school.
As we near my husband’s retirement from the Army, I see my Master’s Degree as an opportunity to pursue my dream of working at my college alma mater. We know where we want our “forever home” to be and I know that this degree will improve my chances of working for the university as either a staff member or professor.
I want my kids to see me going back to school as an inspiration to them to never stop learning. It may take me a few years to get my Master’s, but I am excited to be on my way to getting this degree.
I had planned on starting my Master’s Degree a few years ago, then cancer derailed my plans. But, I refuse to let cancer stop me from pursuing my educational dreams.
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