When I was born, my mom had recently left off pursuing a criminal justice degree to stay home and raise her large-headed son. Then the other siblings started pouring in, or out, I suppose, and as Dan John is fond of saying: “Life happens.”
Over 30 years passed. Now she is going to go back to college after all that time; I could not be more excited and proud. Not that college is necessary for everyone, and it’s certainly not like she needs the career at this point. She’s going because it is something left unfinished. A nagging curiosity has sustained itself across three and a half decades and now she will answer its call after decades of toil and child-rearing madness.
“I just want it for me.” How great is that!
During my last year of undergraduate school there were several older students in my classes. I’m sure the teachers would say that they were easily the most dedicated students and the least troublesome. I talked with a few of these more advanced students and was not surprised to learn that, generally speaking, they were there with purpose, not just because it was “time to go to college.”
She’ll be doing correspondence courses, so no sitting in the classroom with the whelps for her, but the diploma will not say: This degree* is awarded to Linda Hanagarne, but it was completed via distance, so it’s, you know…I guess it’s better than no degree, right?
She’ll be done in two years with a Psychology degree. With the credits that are still valid, that’s the program that will allow her to finish a degree the quickest in a subject she is still interested in. I think I’m more excited about this than she is.
Anyone else here on the fence? Considering the great return to campus, virtual or otherwise?
Mom, I want a guest post about it.