First of all, let’s get one thing straight! It’s NEVER too late to go back to school! There might be hurdles or things to consider, but it can be done. I had my first child when I was almost 19. I felt like I couldn’t go to college like all of my friends because I was pregnant when I graduated. So, I waited for a year or so and then went to a community college. I got my associates degree after two years and then my parents got divorced. Life was chaotic and so I put off going to a 4-year college to finish my degree. I worked and just sort of stopped dreaming about it.
3 Things To Consider Before Going Back To School
When I was 32, I met my now-husband. I had a really good job, my own apartment, and my car was paid for. But I didn’t LOVE my job. I wanted more, and I wanted my children to want more. So, I decided to go back to school and finish my Bachelor’s degree. I went to school online and after 2 years, working full-time, having 2 more kids, and dealing with a move across the country (along with a whole lot of other stuff in between), I completed my Bachelor’s degree. Six years later, I decided to get my Master’s and I am four classes away from getting it! Woo hoo!
But let me tell you! There are a few things you have to think about before going back to school. It’s a big decision.
How Are You Going To Pay For School?
First and foremost, you need to determine how you will be paying for school. Do you have the ability to pay for school out-of-pocket or do you need to get financial aid or student loans? Are you eligible for grants? These are all things you need to consider and if you don’t know the answers, you need to find out what your options are from the school’s Financial Aid office.
Online Or On Campus?
Do you want to go to school online, on campus, or a combination of both? This will, of course, depend on the amount of time you have to dedicate to school. Do you work? Do you have responsibilities outside of what attending school will entail?
What Do You Want To Go To School For?
Do you have a major in mind? Do you want to change jobs? Are you looking to get training in your current job field?
I am a firm believer that one can do anything that they set their mind to. If you want something badly enough, there is always a way to make it happen. There’s a lot to think about when deciding if you want to go back to school, no matter how old you are. However, it is one of the best decisions you can make. There is always more to learn!