Do you want to go back to school?
If you landed here you likely are at least tossing the idea around some way or another. You probably have a ton of questions and wonder whether or not it is a good idea.
Earlier this year I decided that I would go back to school and finish my English/writing track degree. I was pretty apprehensive about the decision considering my age (I am 35!).
For some reason, my biggest worry was that I would be the oldest person in the class.
That probably sounds silly, I know.
My fear was that I just wouldn’t be able to keep up because I had been out of the education system for so long. As it turns out, going to school is kind of like riding a bike!
It’s pretty easy to pick up where you left off.
I am so glad I decided to dive in and finish my degree. It has been life changing, to say the least.
If you think you might want to go back to school but are on the fence about it, I am going to give you 10 awesome reasons you should make the leap!
To do something just for you
As mothers, we get so caught up in taking care of others that we often forget to do stuff for ourselves.
By choosing to go back to school you are doing something solely for yourself and that is a good thing. When we have things to do, other than parent, we are more fulfilled as people.
When we are fulfilled we are better, happier parents.
Set a good example for your kids
Okay, so this one is probably pretty obvious…But it is worth talking about.
When you go back to school and you are a parent of school age children it shows them that education is important to you. Kids are great imitators, so if it important to you it will be important to them. If you want to make good grades, so will your kids.
Pursue a passion or life-long dream
Is there something that you have always wanted to do but have put it off for the sake of motherhood?
It happens to all of us at some point. We keep saying, “One day I will do XYZ” and before you know it 10 years have passed and you begin giving up on that dream.
Here’s the thing, you are never too old to pursue a dream. I have always dreamed of being a writer. Between life taking a few wrong turns and then losing myself in motherhood I was beginning to give up.
I felt like I was too old to get into the world of publishing and that the younger crowd would have the upper hand. That just isn’t true.
So I decided it was high time to pursue my dreams.
Something to fall back on
This is a big one for me. A couple years ago my husband lost his job. He was the sole breadwinner for our household and I was a stay at home mom.
I can’t describe to you in words how utterly helpless I felt that I couldn’t go and apply for a decent job because I lacked marketable (credentialed) skills.
That is when I decided to never allow myself to be in that situation again. Even if I never actually use my degree to work outside our home. At least I still have it.
It’s a confidence booster
When you are limited in how you interact with people and how you stimulate your mind you begin to lose confidence in your skills.
This leads to low self-esteem and depression. When you go back to school it will remind you how smart you really are.
For me, this realization has been life changing!
You will stop feeling trapped
If you are anything like me, you chose to stay home and raise your kids. After a few years though, the grass is beginning to look greener on the other side.
You miss having a job to go to and doing things other than wiping butts all day. You start considering employment opportunities after your kids start school and you come to realize that you need a degree to do the job you really want.
You want to get a job, but it really needs to be worthwhile financially too. So working a cruddy minimum wage job is out of the question.
Now you start feeling trapped.
If this is you, go back to school!
What I just described is how I felt earlier this year. I really wanted to work but the only options are the schools and factories.
I wasn’t qualified for a school position and I don’t want to work at a factory.
So I started working toward my English degree and will eventually become a high school English teacher.
Use your new skills to make a side income
If you are an art or graphic design major try your hand at logo creation as a side business.
An English major would do great at ghostwriting, proofreading, resume writing and blogging.
A computer science major could design blogs and websites.
These are just a few ideas off the top of my head. I am sure there are many more.
The point is that you can make a little money using your newly learned skills BEFORE you finish your degree! This would also be a great way to build a portfolio.
You get to interact with adults regularly.
Moms do I really need to say more?
This is what I LOVE about college. I get to have meaningful conversations with adults almost every day.
Finish something you may have already started
Back when you were a young lass, did you start a degree and just didn’t finish it?
That was what I did when I was 21. I thought I knew everything and had fully intended to be a bartender the rest of my life. So I dropped out of school to bartend full time. It was fun for a while but then I started regretting my decision.
I wanted to go back to school but couldn’t afford it and refused to take out any loans. So I joined the Navy. Four years later I got out and had a GI bill and no desire to use it.
Fast forward 7 years and I finally decided to finish what I started! It was shocking to see how many credits I already had.
Improve your self-discipline
College has taught me so much about being accountable and following through with things. My tuition is paid by the VA so failing a class is out of the question.
Self-discipline means doing things that you may not want to do but know you need to do them.
There are days that I really don’t want to do my school work. But if I want to reach my goals and finish my degree (and not owe the VA a ton of money) I have to do it!
This self-discipline carries over into other parts of life as well.
There you have it! My 10 AMAZING reasons to go back to school!
Tell me, do you already have a degree? Or are you thinking of going back to school?