Back to School, Nine Years Later

September 12, 2013 at 7:46 pm | Posted in Career Moves | 1 Comment
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This week I started my graduate school program.  It’s something I’ve talked about doing for years, but there was always something holding me back.  Between the financials, timing, and my uncertainty about what kind of program I wanted to do, I put it off, that is until now.  With my wedding behind me, now is the time for me to take this on.

I was always a pretty good student, not the best, but I got a fair amount of honors and fought for my opportunities.  In high school, I was just shy of the required average to get into AP Spanish, and with an appeal, I got in, and beyond that, I did so well that I was able to obtain 6 college credits before even taking a college class.  I had something to prove and I proved it.  It’s the way I work.

In college, I was determined to stay competitive.  It helped to know my strengths and what I wanted to do.  I paid close attention to my requirements and found unique ways to obtain credits.  I took online classes over breaks, took honors classes, taught and took fitness classes, all to get credits.  The effort paid off and I graduated early, putting me ahead of other new graduates entering the workforce.

So here I am now, back in the classroom, and so much has changed — mainly the technology.  I have to learn how to be a student again.  I have to figure out how and when to study and how that fits into the rest of my life.  This time, I will not rush it.  Being in a program is enough of an edge this time around.  This time, I want to rejuvenate my career, become inspired by others who have similar goals but have been on different paths than me professionally.  My group of 15 students is so diverse, and already we are forming a bond, helping each other, venting to each other, supporting each other.  It’s exactly what I need.

But I’m still scared.  I just don’t know what to expect, so I’m taking it step by step.  It will take me some time to get back into the swing of it, and this time, it’s really up to me to figure out how I balance work, my personal life, and this new challenge I’ve given myself.  In the end, I will find a way to conquer.  I have to.

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  1. Man, I remember going back to school to get my Masters. Darlin, you’ve always been a girl that’s worked hard to do well. So excited for this new part of the chapter in your life! 🙂

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