I can’t believe I am starting college again on Monday. I received my Associates in Criminal Justice back in 2016 when I was 47 years old. And to be quite honest, I’m very content with just that. So why would I go back to college at this stage of my life?
There are a few reasons why. Because I am retired, I don’t have anything else to focus on at the moment (just for the moment). My husband works for the University, so I can attend for half price (winning)! My major will be a B.S. in Criminal Justice and all of my classes (fortunately) will be online (introvert benefits). Also, because of all of the classes I have taken over the course of my young/old adult life, I will be transferring in as a SENIOR! Amazing, huh? I thought so, too. 🙂 And lastly, why not go back?
Really though, my number one reason for going back to school is to keep my brain active. Sure, my mind is already overactive, but for the wrong reasons. It needs to have some consistency and focus. What better way than to learn about something new. To be truthful, when I told my Psychiatrist about starting school again, she was so elated! (Honestly, her reaction made me think she was joking at first.) She was very excited to hear about ‘something’ I was interested in doing again (I was really in a bad way several times last year). Me? Well I didn’t understand what the hype was about. I guess I wasn’t in a happy place to be excited like she was. However, I thanked her for being highly motivational and genuinely excited for me. It was much needed and appreciated for me mentally.
I already have a plan to study while my husband is working. That way I can have time to spend with him after work is over. This will definitely be a different scenario than before. Years ago, I was a single Mom working full-time while raising two teenagers who had extracurricular activities in school. It was a very stressful time in my personal life, too, but I wanted to accomplish something that my kids would have been proud of. I believe I did that. Now, it’s more of a challenge for me than proving a point to someone else. And I’m ok with that.
Until next time… be blessed.