Five weeks ago, I went back to school.
I worked really hard to apply, get my 25-year-old credits transferred from three different colleges, and pull teeth to get a human being to talk to me without pointing me back to the university website that I'd already scoured for answers that weren't there.
I want my bachelor's degree.
I need it.
I deserve it.
I ended up applying as undecided and enrolled in a general ed course that all students at this college have to take before graduating, so no matter what I decide to major in eventually, I'll have this class done.
Just the one class.
Going back to college after a quarter of a century, believe it or not, requires something of a learning curve. For instance, even though the class meets in a classroom, all the assignments, homework, and tests are passed out and handed in on-line.
I miss paper. I really do.
Plus, with all my transfer credits, I'm coming back as a junior. I'm taking a junior level class.
The professor says things like, "If you've got a paper you've written from another class, just rewrite it a little to reflect what you've learned in this class." Yeah, I don't have a paper from another class. I don't have a paper from this decade... or the last one.
It feels like I've jumped into the middle of a marathon that everyone else has been training for for the past two years, and I'm still lacing up my shoes.
So, one class. Dip my toe in the water.
And I will admit to you: I have been far more stressed out by this one class than I think I should be.
Still, it's all okay.
It's just more squid.
Though there have been times I've thought it's really stupid of me to have gone back to school, stupid to being going now, for the most part I am happy. I am moving forward. If I shouldn't be in school now, when would I feel is a better time? And why wait any longer?
If I continue to take just one class at a time, it will take me five more years to earn the four-year degree that I've already half achieved. (I find that quite funny, actually.)
Since I've taken this step, The Husband is inspired to go back for his master's.
And he loves telling people he's married to a college girl. :-)
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