So, how about a full time college student?

Nope – I don’t have somebody looking for a job.

Nope – I don’t have a friend that has moved into my house.

Nope – I am not running a match making service.

I, myself, have gone back to school.  It has been in the works for some time, but it is now official.  I have the books and everything and I turned in my first test last night.

How do I have time?  I don’t, but that’s not the point. I have opted for a fully online course of study to make it more manageable for my schedule.

Why create one more thing to do for myself?  It’s important to me.  My sister has started school too – and whichever one of us finishes first, will be the first. That’s huge.  And if she finishes before me, I’ll be second to that any day of the week.

Why full time?  The GI Bill pays more if you go full time.  That, and I only have 14 months of benefits left – I have got to get hot on getting finished.

Why post about it?  Because I know there is something important to you that you have been putting off because:

  • you don’t have the time
  • you already have too much to do
  • other’s ridicule your decision as “too big” or “too much”

We have talked before about going big.  I am now getting comfortable with the idea of dreaming big. I have got one shot at this thing they call life, and I am gonna ride it for all it’s worth.

Need more encouragement. Me too! Pam over at Escape from Cubicle Nation (I love that title) does a great job of explaining why it is important to jump right in.

And this is me…jumping…all in. 

Comments

  1. I congradulate you on your choice to complete your degree, as busy as we can be at times, having that certificate is very important. I too completed my degree online and it was fun, but at times very demanding. It takes a great deal of discipline to complete assignments on your own without the help of a teacher, but at the end it is all worth it, not to mention the fact that the GI Bill will cover the tab. Good luck with your couses, I know that you will do great. You are a GO GETTER!!! Dream – Beleive – Acheive
    GOD BLESS – Jason

  2. What are you majoring in? I am a history education major at East Carolina University.

  3. holy crap- you’re nuts!

  4. Jason – thank you so much for your support. You and Tina are great friends to me.

    Derek – BS in Psychology…I love that a Bachelor of Science is referred to as “BS” hehehe. History…you and my husband would get along beautifully.

    Lani – who are you telling…but you had better hope I’m not too nuts – guess who will have to hear all about it
    🙂

  5. Congrats sweetie! You know I’m here when you need another person to lean on.

  6. April: You’re only nuts for taking the classes online. Online classes are a lot harder and time consuming than the in class classes but then again, unless you can fit in your real estate practice, parenting and wife duties and all the rest and go to class at night, I guess you have no choice but to go nuts and do it online.

    BS – yeah that also describes half of the classes you will have to take to get your BS degree. I had to take a bunch of psychology classes myself to teach. As a history education major, our degree is in history education but our teaching license will be in social sciences, so we can teach, history, political science, psychology, sociology, and so on so we have to take classes in all those disciplines here in North Carolina.

  7. April,
    I am so proud of you and you are a great inspiration. You are SUPER woman, juggling so much it does take a lot of commitment and displine and you of all people can do it.
    Good Luck
    Love you!

  8. Jeanie – you are the best! I don’t know what I would do without you.

    Derek – I am gonna have to disagree. I find online classes to be much more conducive to the way my brain works. And you can’t beat the self scheduling.

    Tina – Thanks so much. I am fortunate to have friends like you and Jason.

  9. April – another reason to wish you lived in Des Moines… it would be great to have a student with your keen insights in one of my classes. (I’m fortunate to have many students like that, but I’m a “greedy professor” – there are never enough bright, fun, insightful students.) All the best! You’ll be as amazing as a student as you are as a person!

  10. Good for you!!

    I keep threatening to go back and finish my MBA. Maybe I will….

  11. Timothy – alas, I would never make it through a traditional class…scheduling with the children makes that very difficult. Thank goodness for online courses. However, for your class, I may work an exception.

    Jay – GO!!!!!

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