Friday, October 24, 2008

Going back to school... at my age.

I have always liked school. My sister used to tell me that I was weird because I liked school. I have always felt that school is important. I have always wanted to teach. I used to picture myself as a high school english teacher. Probably because I had a really cool teacher in high school and she made it look like a great job. She had a real influence on me and my interests, although I don't think she ever knew that. Anyway, I have wanted to go back to school for the last ten years. I was attending Weber State University when I got pregnant (yes on purpose) and with the circumstances of my children's birth it made things a little difficult. We are finally at a stage when I can start thinking about it again. I don't aspire to do as much as I wanted to in the past, but I am looking at a trade school of sorts so that maybe I can get to do something I like to do, rather than something I am settling on. Here is my issue... I am almost 35 years old. I don't want to be the old lady in the class with a bunch of 18 year olds. Good grief, I am old enough to have a teenager of my own! I also don't want to be looked at as the "mom of the class". I wouldn't mind making a few friends but maybe someone my own age group would be nice. I have been saying to S for  a long time that it is my turn to go  to school, but I feel that if I don't go soon that ship will have sailed. If I do go this will be a year and a half of frustration not only for me but for my family as well. I will have to get someone to watch my girls for the summer, be gone every saturday from 9 am until 5 pm, not to mention the money issue. The question is whether or not it is worth it. This is something that I have always thought I would enjoy, but what happens if I spend all the time and money and find out that I hate it? I am a firm believer in higher education, but is trade school really considered higher education? These are the questions that plague my mind right now. If anyone has any advice I would love to hear it. 

5 comments:

Taylor said...

Here's my two cents. Go for it! You don't want to regret not trying it ten years down the road. Don't think that you are the only one your age that is going back to school. I'm sure there will be all kinds and all ages. It will be tough, but isn't everything?

Manos said...

Both BYU and Weber State (and probably a bunch of other schools) offer independent study courses, that allow you to work at your own pace and don't require you to go to class. I don't know if this type of environment would work better for you or what the eligibility for these courses are, but it is something to look into.

Sarah said...

thanks Manos but I am actually applying for cosmatology school. (yes I know that I need to learn how to spell it first)

Jill said...

GO FOR IT! GOT FOR IT! GO FOR IT! You would do great! Your family will be happier if your happier! I think you (and your family) would do great!

Marit said...

Here's my two eurocents worth, from a Holland mom who lives in Holland!
GO FOR IT! I did when I was thirty and loved every single minute of it. And if you don't act like the class mom, you won't be treated like one. At my school it took a number of students a long time to actually figure out I was a real mom, I just didn't mention it!

 
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