I am sure there are many out there, just like me, who have thought about going back to school for a long time. Well I finally did it about a year ago, and could not be happier about my decision. I wrote my first blog about this great challenge back in February, click here to read: http://hub.hindscc.edu/blog/bid/360775/My-Latest-and-Possibly-Greatest-Challenge
This blog will hopefully help someone out there with their own decision about going back to school.
First things first: Have a goal…it gives you that confidence to take that first step. And we all know, that taking that first step is the hardest. But once you take that first step, there is no turning back! So think about what it is you would like to get a degree in, then talk to a counselor about what it would take to get that degree, then register for that first class. Do what it takes. Fill out a FAFSA form. If you are a single parent like me there is money out there for you to go back to school; you just have to apply. Search for “free money” using online scholarships, but don’t over borrow.
Once you get enrolled, stay focused on that goal. Register early each semester to ensure you get in the classes that you want, and more importantly, need.
Take advantage of night and online classes. For most of us parents with a full-time job, that is our only options. I was really nervous about online classes, but now that I have taken a couple, I really enjoy them.
Get your family and friends on board. This one was not hard for me. I have plenty of support from my kids, boyfriend, bosses, co-workers, etc. My kids understand all too well when I have to study instead of making a meal for supper… We have sandwich night way too often. And my boss or my boyfriend are always wanting to know how I did on a test, or what I am studying tonight. It always helps when you actually have to tell someone the grade you got (makes you want to work to get that A.)
Don’t be afraid. It can be really scary going into a classroom and being the oldest one in there. But I have found that we are all there for the same reason, and honestly, after a few classes I just don’t think about whether I am the oldest in the class anymore.
Stay motivated. Whenever I don’t feel like doing homework or going to class, I just picture myself walking across that stage at graduation. Works every time to give me motivation.
Last, but certainly not least, do it for your kids. If you set an example for your children, they are more than likely to attend college and enjoy the benefits of earning a degree!