This has been on my mind for a while now. I’ve actually filled out a lot of paperwork and am moving forward with going back to school. I have sent in my financial aid forms and my application. I don’t know if I will get enough to go or get accepted to the college. I don’t know if I really want to be the old lady in the classes. I’ll be looking at a second and possibly a third bachelor’s degree in English Writing and English Book Publishing and Editing.
Here’s what I do know. I want to learn more. I want to fine tune my writing and editing skills. I’d like to be a better writer. Will it help me to get published? I haven’t a clue. I’ll have to take at least two classes (6 credits) to be considered part time. When I look at the schedule of classes though, I want to take eight or ten of them. This of course would be WAY more than a full load.
Here I am 47 years old and considering going back to school. This almost seems foolish. I’m not getting a degree that will further my ability to make money in my day job. It might help with my writing business but there is no certainty about it.
There are tax advantages to going to school. I’ll get a tax credit for being a part time student. If I wanted to I could defer my student loans (not going to happen I don’t think).
I think between the two degrees there are about 14 – 18 classes I would have to take. If I take two classes a semester, it will take 7-9 semesters which is about four years. If I get student loans I could put money aside and take summer classes which would decrease the amount of time I would be in school.
Then there is the social factor. I’m not all that interested in the socializing or even the group work of going to school. I think this is the part that worries me the most. It is hard for me to think about being in classes with a lot of other people. I have to try to remember names and get along with everyone. I’m not sure at this stage in my life I want to play nice with others.
I have a lot to think about before I make my decision. There is still information I need. I have to finish off my application process. I have to see about financial aid. There is a lot to do and what if after all this work I don’t get accepted or get the money needed? Will I be disappointed? Am I crazy?