Maybe you’ve been thinking about going back to school, but you’re scared. Guess what? Everyone who goes back to school is scared. Heck, even the instructors are nervous those first few days. 🙂
It is hard to think about disrupting your entire life to do something crazy, something you have no guarantees will ever pay off. Trust me, I know. Been there. Done that. And I’m not saying it isn’t scary, or that it shouldn’t be scary. Everything worth doing is scary, and hard. As Tom Hanks said in “A League of Their Own,” “The hard is what makes it great.” Not everyone is cut out for college, but if you think you are, don’t you owe it to yourself to find out for sure?
If you need another reason to do it, though, something a little more tangible, check out this article from The Business Journals: http://www.bizjournals.com/bizjournals/on-numbers/scott-thomas/2012/12/grads-earn-85-more-than-those-without.html?page=all College graduates, on average, earn far more than workers with just a high school diploma.
There’s a quote from C. JoyBell — “Don’t be afraid of your fears. They’re not there to scare you. They’re there to let you know that something is worth it.” So being afraid of something new is normal!
Before you think “what does she know?” let me tell you my story: I’m the first person in my entire extended family (which numbers now about 120 people, with cousins and their kids and whatnot) to go to college. It was not expected that I would go. In fact, it was expected that I’d graduate high school and probably go get a job at Wal-Mart or something. But I had a journalism scholarship (which is going to be its own post one day) and I went to the local community college.
That wasn’t easy. That was scary. I was pretty antisocial — nix that, I was antisocial — and I had no clue what was going on. You guys have it so much easier today! Everything is given to you upfront. When I was 18, we had to learn it all on the fly. It was awful. I failed classes. I didn’t know why I was there. I didn’t want to do journalism (like I said, own post soon!), and I didn’t know what else I wanted to do. There was no expectation that I would graduate — except from myself.
And so I graduated, four years and many, many classes later.
From there, I went to Wichita State University. I was older, wiser, and less antisocial. I knew what I was doing. I’d learned my hard lessons already. The only scary thing there was keeping up with the work load, which, since I’d chosen to do a double major, was a problem of my own making. 🙂
So that’s part of the reason for this blog also — to see if I can help anyone else not make the mistakes I made, and see if anyone out there can benefit from my experience.
The point is, it’s January. If you’ve been thinking about going to college, NOW is the time to go talk to someone and get enrolled! And that will be the subject of my next post. For now — go see which colleges are in your area. Look at tuition. Look at programs. Maybe you already know what you want to major in, and maybe you don’t. It doesn’t matter. Those first two years aren’t about your major, they’re about getting your core curriculum classes out of the way (unless you want to go into something like an EMT program, in which case, you already know your major!). But — take that first scary step.