Another school semester will soon begin. If you’re in school, are you looking forward to starting classes? If you’re out of school, what do you miss about it — or are you glad those days are over?
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At my age, I should definitely be “out” of school, and I should be glad that those days are over and well-behind me. As luck would have it, though, that’s not the case for me.
I am getting ready to begin my last semester of my Associate’s degree. I went back to school three years ago this September to finally get my college degree after taking a 33 year break from school. When I graduated from High School at age 18, I was extremely shy and my parents were not well off. I knew it would have been a stretch for them financially and it would have been a stretch for me personally so I went to work instead as a clerk-typist. If I had known then what I know now, I might have gone to school sooner. It turns out that I am a great student. Who knew?
When I went back to school in 2010, it was because the company I was working for was having financial problems and I knew I would soon be out of a job. Facing starting over, I wondered if I’d be further ahead with a degree. There were many times over the years when I wasn’t considered for jobs because of my lack of a degree. I often wondered if I could have been something other than a secretary, too. I came to regret not going to college when I was young.
I have had a great experience with my school and with the degree program I chose. Online learning rocks! It has not been easy working full-time and learning a new skill at the same time. I have wanted to pull my hair out at times. Wrapping your mind around web design and coding web pages is not easy. There are platforms (or Content Management Systems) like WordPress that make setting up web pages a breeze for beginners. In my college classes, we got down to the nuts and bolts and focused on hand-coding which is a different thing entirely. You don’t have the structure or the shell that WordPress gives you. You create all that from scratch yourself. It’s hard!
I am looking forward to starting classes, but I also feel a little sad, knowing that this will be it with Bryant & Stratton. My first class for the fall semester will be English 250 or Technical Communication. When English ends, I will have my Capstone experience (this is what passes for my internship). I believe I will be “selling” what’s in my Portfolio as I learn how to present myself and my skills to possible future employers. I’ve learned a lot from Bryant & Stratton. It is a great school. I’ve had some very good teachers.
I’ve enjoyed the whole learning process so much that I’m not done with it. I am in the process of enrolling with another online educator – this time to get my Bachelor’s degree in Web Development. Those classes will (hopefully) begin in January after the Associate’s degree ends. I am excited about the opportunity to go on farther with my educational quest.
I learned today that for the new school, I need to take a Math placement test (yay!). The good thing about the Placement test is there is no “pass” or “fail”. The test is just to determine where I am skill-wise. I also need to speak to Financial Aid to make certain I am all set there. If all goes well, I will register for classes in October and start (again) in January.
Yes, learning is very important to me. It took me 33 years to figure that out. Now that I’ve gotten a taste of it, I don’t want to stop.