I’ve been asked numerous times “Why are you going back to college at your age?” so I decided to answer that question. Actually, there are a variety of reason. Here are a few of them:
I’ve always felt like I left something undone and now I’m going to finish what I started. During my growing up years, my dad always complained that he never got his high school diploma. Although he was extremely intelligent, it always bothered him. I kept telling him to quit complaining about it and go get one, but he never did. So when I heard myself doing the same thing about my college degree, I decided I needed to listen to my own words!
I’ve always loved learning. When I was in college, though, I was too excited to be away from home to appreciate my studies. Now that I am back in school, I am enjoying the challenge of learning new things. Even though I am a published writer, this is a chance to learn more about my craft, improve my skills and expand my area of influence in writing.
A college degree has become like a high school diploma. The current thinking is that if you don’t have one, you must not be very smart and you certainly won’t be a success. I know this is not true as I know many successful people without college degrees and some unsuccessful people WITH college degrees. However, this is my chance to remedy the fact that I don’t have one.
Another reason is that my daughter, who is a lot like me only a bit smarter, also quit college. Although she took college more seriously than I and made excellent grades, she also decided to deviate from her original plan. Therefore, she lost her scholarship money and was never able to go back. I asked her if she wanted to go back with me. She did. So I paid her way, too, until she got her scholarship back. (She is now on total scholarship, grants, and loans.) Going back to college at the same time as my daughter is quite an adventure because we’re both very competitive! We compare GPAs and honor society memberships all the time. (I’m losing – but only because of my GPA from the 60’s and 70’s!) It also gives us something new to talk about and we’re getting to know each other better as adults instead of as mom and child. That’s a wonderful side benefit.
Finally, here’s a reason I didn’t think about until after I started. There are a lot of hurting people in these classrooms. As I talk with the kids, I discover that many of them are living a life of no hope. They are disillusioned with the world, the media, the government, church, and life itself. They have money, technology, and “freedom” to have sex and do whatever else they want in a world with no rules; but something’s missing. Maybe God has put me on a college campus, today, to be their friend, to encourage them and to share with them how God has filled that “hole” in my life.
Those are a few of my reasons to go back to college. I could probably think of a dozen more. The bottom line is that I am at the time of life when I have the time, the money, and the interest to pursue my unfinished, college degree. And with God by my side, helping me along, I am looking forward to the task.