"Education is learning what you didn't even know you didn't know." ~ Daniel J. Boorstin
I recently began my new fall courses at Granite State College, two years after making the decision to return to college and taking those tentative first steps in seeking out adult financial aid. Now, with six terms of Behavioral Science classes behind me, I'm more than halfway through my journey toward earning my Bachelors Degree.
I applied to participate in the GSC student blogger program with two intentions in mind:
- To encourage those adults who are currently contemplating returning to, or even beginning, college. For years, I had given much thought to finishing what I had started all those years ago, but was held back by fear. When I finally took those steps at 40 years old, I was encouraged by a couple of blogs I'd discovered written by other non-traditional students. Had Granite State College offered this blogging program earlier, I may have decided to take those steps even sooner. Over the past several months, I've enjoyed reading the various blogs written by faculty and students, and consequently have felt more personally connected to the college, even though I live in a remote location.
- To share some of my experiences over the past couple of years with others who have found themselves in a similar life situation. When I first started, I wasn't entirely sure if I would prefer taking evening college classes, where I would have face-to-face interaction with my professor and classmates, or online classes for college, in a format that would afford me a much broader range of educational choices and greater flexibility with my already busy life schedule. I'll be writing more about those experiences in coming days.
Is there anything that you have been wondering about that I may be able to answer for you? Are you longing to pursue education and career advancement, but find yourself wrestling with self-doubt? Are you wondering if there is such a thing in this economy as an affordable Bachelors degree? Are you daunted by the prospect of applying for adult financial aid?
Or, have you also made the leap, and are currently trying to juggle family, career, and school? Are you challenged with the task of optimally managing your time? Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed by coursework and second-guess the wisdom of your decision to take on these extra responsibilities?
I've been there. Not only that, but I am still working my way through all the dynamics of this chapter in my life. You're not alone, and I'd love to hear from you!