The old guy at the back of the class…
Tomorrow is the day most of my parent friends have been (im)patiently counting down to. It’s back-to-school day in our area. Right now I’ve got three backpacks sitting in my kitchen. There’s one for my seven-year old who’s going into first grade at a new school., there’s another for my four-year old who will be going to VPK and then there’s mine.
I’m a full-time student at a local community college. I’m majoring in health care administration. I’ve actually been enrolled for a few semesters now and I’ve been doing pretty well. However the difference this semester is that I am taking two courses at one of the local campuses. Up until this point I’ve taken all of my courses online, but due to my admitted weaknesses when it comes to mathematics I felt the need to complete my math courses on campus.
I’m struggling with a range of emotions. I’m excited that I’m one semester closer to graduation. I’m also worried I wont be taken seriously by my younger classmates. I’ve found that many place judgements on students who didn’t go to college directly after graduating high school. This was my choice though. After high school I enlisted in the Army and decided to take that path. It wasn’t until my discharge that I really decided what I wanted to do with my life.
I’m also worried. Worried that I will be neglecting my children this semester by limiting the amount of time I have with them. I work a full-time job during the day and now I’ll be going to class two times a week directly after my shift ends. I wont get home until around eleven at night and they’ll all be safely tucked into bed by then. I know that this isn’t as important as having a stable career that comes with earning my degree, but it still lingers in my mind.
Most of all I want to be a good example for all of my children. I want them to continue to see my excitement as pursing my education. I want them to see that learning is enjoyable.
I can’t wait to come home and hear about their first day of school and I can’t wait to tell them about mine. Here’s to another year of classes, projects, bus routes, conferences and packed lunches.