Sunday, March 17, 2013

Planning To Go Back To School. Really, I Am!

It’s been so long since I’ve written anything here.  My latest update is that I’ve decided to go back to school and pursue my Bachelor’s Degree.  I haven’t been in school in over twenty years so I’m not entirely sure I’ll be able to absorb anything.  But I heard that every time we learn something we grow dendrites in our brain.  Research suggests that the more active we remain not only physically but mentally, the longer we can prevent Alzheimer’s (which I fear more than death). So back to school is the plan and try to keep the brain from becoming a “couch potato”.

 
I’ll be pursuing an online degree because to be honest if I have to sit in a classroom after I leave work at 6:30, then travel 1 ½ hours to get home, I’ll experience burn out in the first semester.  I’ve been speaking to several College Advisors but I found out that CUNY and SUNY also offer online degree programs and the cost per credit is less, so I will go this route instead of Kaplan, Phoenix, Ashford, or Argosy University.

 
Researching schools, filling out the FAFSA, and trying to find scholarships is exhausting.  All in all I’m a bit overwhelmed.  I have to submit a writing sample with my application.  I shouldn’t have a problem with that, right?  Well, it’s kicking my backside. 

You see, if the writing sample could be on anything I want, it would be no problem.  I would write a brief story about the vampire who loves the girl, but the werewolf is in love with her too making it a love triangle and the twist is that she loves them both.  So what if that’s Twilight?  The Admissions office wouldn’t know, would they? 

Of course, that’s not what they’re asking for.  There are a series of questions that I must answer in essay format.  Boring! I have difficulty writing in that style.  I’ve drafted something but I’m terrified because it’ll be a determining factor in whether I’m accepted or not.

 
I took stock of all I’m feeling and have determined that I’m 60% terrified and 40% excited,.  The two emotions are sort of twisting together like two snakes in love.  So basically  this makes me terri-cited!!!  In addition I missed the deadline to start in May so I won’t be able to start until September.  Bummer!

4 comments:

  1. I am excited for you girl!! Go for it!!!! I have to admit, I would be terrified too! LOL!

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    1. Thanks! I found out about another University called Western Governors University (WGU). They're completely online, and the tuition is a flat rate for six months. The difference between them and the other colleges is that they're competency based and you work at your own pace. I'm seriously considering them. The Enrollment Counselor, Brad, answered all my questions and was very helpful.

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  2. I forgot say, I felt special seeing your babies ;o)

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    1. Well, they're adorable so I had to share.

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