Back to School for the Kids and Teachers, but what about me?

September 8, 2011 at 7:23 am | Posted in Life and Living | 1 Comment
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It’s that time of year where the kids get off the streets and the teachers return from summer vacation and summer jobs to go back to the classroom and learn and grow.  It is a ritual, ingrained in us all for such a long time that for a while, I thought I’d never want to be back in the classroom (hence never wanting to be a teacher).  But now, 7 years out of school, I am starting to get the itch to go back.

I was always a pretty good student and since I always knew my strengths and was incredibly organized (read: anal), I finished college in three years.  After college, while working at my first job, I was frustrated about not being challenged at work and not advancing as quickly as I was ready to, so I took an online certification program related to my work to further my career and better myself.

Now, I find myself challenged at work, but that itch is still there.  A big part of me wants to get a Master’s.  I guess I always want to continuing learning, and school would be an additional avenue for me to fill that need.  Which is why I don’t want my next educational experience to be related directly to the skill set I have acquired through my career.  What I found in taking the online certification program while at my first job was that I was far advanced, even as a newby, and I breezed through my coursework ahead of my class.  This time, I want a degree that will perhaps prepare me to take a new direction in my career when I’m ready to do so.

But right now, none of this is a reality, mainly because of the expense.  While my organization does reimburse for some education, I don’t know that I’d take an approved course of study, and right now, I still have about five years to go before I am fully paid off with my college loans, and can’t imagine taking on another long term loan.

But I know at some point in the next ten years or so, I will likely go back to school.  I don’t know when exactly, but the time will come, and I will be grateful for the challenge and the benefits of completing another degree.  After all, what’s better than a life where the learning never stops?

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  1. sometimes I wish I could go back in time when I was a young kid and have that first day experience again. for me first days are bad and good. the worst first day was when I was in 6th grade and I just moved to a new town with a new start. I did not know anyone but I knew I had to be brave. I met real nice people and the school was a lot nicer then my old one in yonkers public school. One thing that stands out from that day was when I had to sit alone at lunch time. In a short time I was able to meet nice new friends and the rest is history.

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