Topic: RE: Thinking of going back to college...nervous...confused...
Hi! I recently went back to college last fall at 40. I too, had a vocation that paid well with the government, and didnt' need a college education for that. After about 15 years in that position, and moving around with my husbands Naval career for the last 20 years, I realized that my job didn't give me what I needed, other than a paycheck.
I knew I always wanted to go back to college - but cir****tances never were right for me to start. Last summer, my husband retired from the Navy and we settled down in Southern California. I figured now would be the best time for me to go back. I can count on my husband to be home and not deploy - and we would be staying in one location.
I knew what I wanted to pursue. Before married life, and kids at an early age, I wanted to go to school and get my MFA in Ceramics so I could teach at the college level.
So, here I am 22 years later, at age 40 an a freshman in college along side kids that are younger than my oldest son. (He is 21). I was terrified - and thoughts of failure ran through my mind. I had severe doubts and those evil little voices in my head almost changed my mind.
I can tell you two semesters later, and maintaining a 4.0 average, I am loving my experience at school. It is so rewarding to me - and it is such a sense of accomplishment for ME. Beyond wife, mother, employee, etc.
I realize that this is where I am supposed to be RIGHT NOW in this phase of my life. All of my experiences leading up to this point have been learning experiences that just help my learning in the classroom. I have several kids that have followed me from one class to another to be in the same class as me, because they like the point of view I bring to discussions, etc. (And I am like a surrogate mom to many of them!)
Everything I thought I would have trouble with school have been completely false. I relate to most of my professors on a personal level, and have learned so much in such a short time. I say DO IT!!!! You will not regret it.
If you are interested in a certain field, take a class or two. You don't have to figure it out the first year or so anyways......do what intrests you! You might surprise yourself!
Good luck! If you have any questions or need any support, let me know! You can do this!