Education has always been a large part of my life. My parents came from a time when it was the way to get ahead, either that or being born to rich parents. Since I was obviously not born to rich parents, they instilled in me the need for higher education. Like most that went from High School straight to College I was not ready for the seriousness or social adjustments necessary to be successful at that time. But I am proud to say that even though it appears on paper that it took me 10 years to get my Bachelors degree, it actually took less than 3 years of actual class time.
Once I got done with that degree, I kind of hung up my student book bag for awhile and raised a family. I was still in the academic environment from time to time and taught for three different colleges part time teaching subjects like photography, travel and computer programming. I actually enjoyed teaching but there was not enough money or stability to try to make a career out of it.
I toyed with the idea of going back for a Masters degree several times, but never had the internal desire to do the work. Then my youngest got ready to go off to college. It was time for Dad to get off his butt and finish so that he could be a good example. So, I found a college that had Masters Program that interested me on the net and dove in. Before you ask, no I am not a Phoenix.
Then two things happened: I took grad level accounting and I had what I refer to as my cardiac adventure. With my ass thoroughly kicked (even though I did make an A- in the course and survive the adventure) I put the degree aside for a year. Then I was presented an educational opportunity at work that put me back in motion.
I was given the chance to attend a government run University that had an IT Masters program at no cost to me on duty time. I would attend week long intense classes followed by writing a paper about the subject of the course. It was work but I was back in a classroom and it was lightening fast – no time to get bored. I could take 3 or so courses a year and get my degree in 3 or 4 years.
So here is where I am right now: I finished classes at both schools in December and got an A in both. I have the books and materials for my next two classes from my civilian institution and I am signed up for a class at the government school in March and another in May. Finishing these 4 courses will put me over half way at both schools. My goal in the education arena before next riding season is to do just that, and get an A in all 4.