Returning to College during Middle Age

Returning to college at the age of 39 is one of the scariest and most exciting things I have ever done! It was a dream I had and knew that one day I would make it a reality. A reality it is, as I am now in my third year of college and although it has been tiring and trying at times, I know that quitting is not an option. Quitting is always easier than pushing forward and taking the hard road, but I feel that if others can finish at my age and older, then I can as well.

I remember how I felt when I first went to the college and actually signed up to begin. A voice was screaming, “What have you gotten yourself into?” I couldn’t believe I had actually gone for it. I knew I was already so busy with everything else in life and just didn’t know how I would do it all now. I knew there was no turning back at this point and now, three years later, I have learned so much and have come so far in my learning experience.

In a way it is comforting to know there are millions in my same shoes, going back to college or starting college for the first time after raising a family. My son is 23 and in college and my daughter is 19 and in college, and I hope that my going back to school has helped to set an example for them. I am happy that my children are going to college earlier in life because it really is much easier not to have all the extra responsibilities. With working full-time, taking care of a house, being married, and having two grown children who are going to school and trying to make something of themselves, there is a lot of extra burdens with trying to keep up with school work on top of all that.

One thing I have always thought of that makes my own troubles seem less bothersome, and that is to think of those suffering from extreme poverty and those who have no means to make their lives better. I think of these people and realize that with everything going on in my life, I have nothing really to complain about. My family is healthy, we have a home, jobs, obtaining a college education and as far as I am concerning a bright future lies ahead. For anyone reading this and contemplating going back to school, just do it! You will feel better about yourself and about your future. Good luck!