Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Don't Delay!

Deb Peterson recently blogged about returning to school: http://adulted.about.com/b/2011/02/01/what-to-think-about-on-a-snow-day-should-you-go-back-to-school.htm

I know this topic has been addressed many times, but it is a topic worth revisiting. Where are you in life - Retired and want to start a second career? Recently divorced or widowed and need to update your job skills? Empty nesting and want to finish your degree? Wherever you are in life, if you are asking, "Should I go back to school?" - the answer is "YES!!!"

Four years ago when I started my nontrad journey, I did not even know what a nontraditional student was. I didn't know there was a name for people like me. The only thing I was sure about was that I wanted to finish my degree and attending the traditional 4-year university was the only way to accomplish that task. So, here I am - one semester away from getting my Bachelor's degree in History.

I need to thank Deb Peterson and Elizabeth Shepherd for their continued encouragement to me and others like me as we trudge along this path of being a nontraditional student. Their expertise has proved to be incredibly valuable, time and time again.

So, where are you in life? Think you want to go back to school but not sure because of finances, time commitment, etc.? Start out small at the community college. It's more affordable and there are evening classes, so you can afford to explore your interests. Online versus traditional university? Look at the what programs are offered. For many people, online school is not as intimidating and can be done from the convenience of your own home. Others, like me, choose a degree field that is not available online. Still others like the social interaction of the traditional classroom. The possibilities are endless! Don't delay! Check out your options and apply this spring. Don't think you are too old, or too dumb, or too whatever. You are never too old, it's like riding a bike and the excuses won't get you anywhere. You CAN go back to school! Just do it! Stay tuned . . .


cupotea said...

I totally agree, going back into education is the best decision I've ever made.

aboutdeb said...

Zickbee, congrats on being one semester away from your degree! Woo hoo!

YOU are an inspiration to others out there wondering if they should go back to school. You did it!

I'm so happy for you.


Deb Peterson
Guide to Continuing Education
About.com, part of The New York Times Co.

E. Sheppard said...

Thank you so much! I am so glad that I have been of help to you. I find inspiration here at your blog too. :-) You absolutely, positively made my day!