Oh, college roommates! What in the world could possibly be more exciting or better, really, than sharing a hundred square feet of space with another person? Like you, that person is probably someone who wants to succeed, not become horribly malnourished, and perhaps find some sort of connection with another person in a thrilling new environment. And you’re inevitably going to run into issues.
It’s a momentous decision when you choose to go back to school years after your graduation; and whether it’s because you want to prove something to yourself or because your career depends on it, when you enter the world of education after a long gap, you need to be prepared for it, no matter if it is full or part time.
Life is no longer as simple as it was when you were in high school or college – it involves much more than just agonizing over lessons, assignment and exams and mulling over the fight you had with your significant other. There could be many other things on your plate now – a job, a family, and other commitments that are not easy to push aside. This makes going back to school a more challenging task, so unless you’re prepared, you could fail in your endeavor to earn a degree.
There are two ways you could go back to school, and each comes with its own challenges:
- When you decide to do it full time: There are very few people who would choose this option because it would mean putting their jobs and practically their lives on hold. However, if it is the opportunity of a lifetime or if circumstances demand it, it’s not uncommon to decide to go back to school full time. If you belong to this category, you’ll need to ensure that your finances are in order and that you (and your family if you have one) won’t have to worry about money while you spend your time slogging it out. If you’re taking out a loan to finance your education, make sure it’s worth the effort – you don’t want to be burdened with a loan that you cannot repay. Also, a full-time college schedule can be very demanding and you’re going to have to keep pace with kids who are much younger and more ambitious than you. You’re going to have a lot more on your mind than you did the last time round, and concentrating on your lessons is going to take a significant amount of willpower and determination. So psyche yourself to be mentally prepared, and give it the best you’ve got.
- When you opt to study online: More than 90 percent of those who choose to go back to school take the online route. It’s very convenient because there’s not much change involved – you can continue to work at your job and go on with your life as usual; all you have to do is make some time for your lessons and exams. However, if you’re not disciplined and dedicated to the cause, you could end up lagging behind your classmates and taking much more time to complete your degree than necessary. Also, you must put in a significant amount of effort to balance all the balls you’ll be juggling – work, family, social life and studies – without dropping any of them. You will have to make sacrifices and compromises in order to do justice to your degree. So if you’re prepared and ready to accept the challenge, find a school of your choice and get started.
Going back to school is a worthwhile attempt to improve the quality of your work life, enhance your professional standing, and achieve a sense of accomplishment.
This guest post is contributed by Debbie Owen, she writes on the topic of online doctorate degree. She welcomes your comments at her email id: firstname.lastname@example.org
After two years of finding sources, doing interviews, writing news stories, two newspaper internships, a math class, a history class, a science class, a media history class, a politics class, a law class… and meeting some of the most amazing people in the world, I’m done Journalism at College X.
I’m actually done.
It feels weird, I have to admit. I finished my last assignment yesterday and got my final marks back (79% in one thing, 86% in the other, for anybody keeping track) and cleaned out my desk. Instructor B stopped me on my way out.
“Are you done?”
And with tears in my eyes, I left the classroom I’ve been in for two years.
But the thing is, my college career isn’t yet finished. I’ve been accepted into another program at College X for the September 2010 intake. I’ll be taking a Multimedia course, updating my web skills and pwning n00bs in the process. 🙂
I’ll also be moving into an apartment (well, kind of- a house with three other people) on June 1st and spending my first summer away from home for the first time ever. Daunting, but exciting.
(Photo by cole24.)
My life has suddenly gone from medium speed with little stress to high-speed. With Wi-fi. And on a 3G network.
And I’m going to pretend I know what a 3G network is. Because I was hired (today!) for the summer as a tech support wench for a particular electronics company that shall remain nameless. Let’s just say Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow are fans of their products.
In addition to this change in my life, I’ve also started driver’s ed. Yes, I’m 22 and now learning how to drive. Yes, I should’ve learned ages ago. I am fully aware. Now, I’m sitting in a room full of 16-yr-olds every Wednesday after school.
I even had to pass in my old driver’s ID for a new one, since I got my last ID while in another province. Giving that up was a bit weird, I have to say. I love City X but my ID was something I was still attached to- something that separated me from the pack. And now I’m one of the pack. Kind of.
And then there’s school. I have a month left and I am officially done Journalism at College X. What a strange, strange thought. I graduate in late May. The whole cap-and-gown bit. I’ll miss the program in some ways. In some ways, I so won’t. (Political stories just aren’t my bag, baby.) But some of the first-year kids have become my closest friends. They’re on their internships right now and I miss them already. And it’s only been a week!
I’ve applied to the Multimedia program at College X for next year but have yet to receive my acceptance letter. I’m confident though.
Another significant stage of my life has just flitted by like a feather in the breeze.
(Y’know. Like that one at the first and end of Forrest Gump. You know what I’m talkin’ about, right? Right?!)
(Image by themullett.)