Now that I caught everyone's attention. I will probably be around minimally for the next 3 years.
After much deliberation, thought, prayer, meetings, counseling, discussion, etc, I have decided with my husband's (and kids) support to go back to college. I am a college graduate (from Hickey) but only got my diploma because I, at the age of 18, thought I knew it all and just wanted to be done.
For years I have contemplated going back but never took the thought much further than that....a thought. I always felt bad going back.
Why now? Hickey contacted me because January 2017 is the last time I am eligible to enroll in their bridge program to graduate with a Bachelor's from that school. After talking to a good friend and mentor, I compared the programs at Lindenwood to the program at Hickey and have decided Lindenwood is the best option for my family.
I registered for my first cluster of classes, and already have my first assignment, due the first day of class. I start my communications cluster on January 5th. The last piece waiting to finalize is my financial aid award letter which I will not be getting for a few weeks but people are guessing what my big news is and I have gotten some pm's all over the board.
That being said, I will be devoting less time online, and less time on extra curricular activities and more time on school for the next three years.
I am nervous and excited all at the same time. Am I stupid for waiting 17 years to go back? Am I stupid for going back now at the age of 35? Am I stupid for going to college when in a few years we will be sending one to college? The answer to all of this is no. I am not stupid. This will only benefit me. I know this now but I was terrified of making this leap and the implications it will have on my family but I am hopeful that the short term disturbances in our every day life will be worth it's weight in gold when I am done with school.