Back to School

Back to SchoolThirteen years ago, I graduated from a Technical College with an Associate Degree in Marketing.

Next Wednesday, I’m going back to school to finally get my Bachleor’s Degree.

They say you’re never too old to stop learning, and while I may not exactly be as old as Rodney Dangerfield in the classic 80’s comedy “Back to School,” I figured there was really no time like the present.  I’d done fairly well with my current degree in the last 10 years, but it’s time to move forward.

I’m tired of being passed up for promotions because I lack a piece of paper saying I’m certified to be promoted.  I’ve grown weary of being turned down for job opportunities simply because I didn’t go further with my education.  I’m a smart guy.  I know this.  I can do better– and I will.

The opportunity to return to school actually sort of dropped in my lap, in a way.  I was on MySpace one day and my friend Mike, who I have known since I lived in Kenosha (and who reads this blog), sent me an Email asking me if I’d ever considered going back to school.  Oddly enough, just that week, I had thought long and hard about it, and decided that it was time for me to explore some options.  It was one of those “putting it out there” moments that just seemed to work. 

Mike works for Kaplan University in their Admissions department.  Kaplan is well-known and, in fact, accredited for their online courses.  It couldn’t have been more perfect, especially for someone in my situation– working full time, and not able to sacrifice the days and/or hours for classroom studies.

With Mike’s help, I enrolled in Kaplan’s Advanced Bachelor’s program.  Kaplan accepted all of my credits from my Associate’s Degree, so I will be able to complete my Bachelor’s in only 18 months.

18 months.  After 13 years, that seems like a drop in the bucket. 

I haven’t mentioned anything here yet because I wanted to be 100% sure all of the financial aid was secure.  I also wanted to wait until it was truly official.  No sense in getting myself worked up over something that wasn’t going to happen– not that that has ever been a problem before in my life. 🙂

My plan right now is to see how this works; then when I’m done I will consider moving toward my Master’s Degree.  Within a couple of years or so, I should be ready to go anywhere. 

The future is really looking bright for me.  I haven’t felt this optimistic in… well… 13 years!