You will doubt your reasons for wanting to return more times
than you care to admit, but you didn't finish school all of those years ago and
now it is time to pay the piper. It will be a very fun, exciting time and give
you the opportunity to learn and explore and sharpen your mind, but it will
also be tough.
If you have children still at home, you will notice they are
instantly "needy." Your husband or wife will be more "needy." In fact, everyone
will be too NEEDY! So what, let them learn to do things for themselves. It
won't hurt your husband to run to Wal-Mart to pick up needed items and your
teenager daughter can hand wash her sweater from GAP as easily as you can. It
really isn't the fact that your family will need you more, it is the fact that
they will want to know you are there if they do. So they test you. McDonalds
and Burger King will no longer be their choice cuisine, they will want more
home-cooked meals, too bad, it was MickieD's before Mom went to college, and it
can be the Golden Arches until Mom finishes.
This time you can do it.
It's OK to let everyone else's petty needs wait. Sure, there will still be
times that a situation arises that your classes will have to be skipped, but
very few if you plan ahead and let your husband and children know that you
don't expect major deviations from your school schedule.
It is harder
to be an adult student than it is to be an 18 year old, still wet behind the
ears, young pup. You have responsibilities to take care of at home. These
classmates have a nice cold Keg awaiting them at yet another party. Your
Children and Husband are waiting on you to come straight home after class.
These kids don't have any particular place to be.
You struggle to find
the time to write your APA style papers, while these classmates breeze into
class and announce it took them all of a couple of hours to complete. It isn't
fair you think to yourself. Then , before you give way to a pity party , you
think back to your younger years in college, oh sure it was the best of times,
like no other time, but now you have a family to love and take care of... and
they're at home waiting on you. After all, they are the reason you went back to