Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Will you come to my celebration party when I graduate?
“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance” Derek Bok
I'm really getting serious about taking some college courses. I've been thinking about this for a long time, a thought so easily shoved to the side when life gets busy with work, and play (very important) and the all of the things we have to do when we become adults. It's not necessarily a self confidence issue, that's blocking my view. It's more of the question, "dear GOD do I really want to write papers again?"
Well do I?
I asked myself this over and over. Then I had a conversation with my manager at work, who is taking classes right now. He said, "you understand that VZ will pay you money for this, right? Well, they'll pay a portion of the cost"
Isn't that kind of a no-brainer? I don't know that I have a goal in mind, other than to stretch my mind wider than I have in a long time, like a rubber-band. Hopefully not to the breaking point. A degree? Yes that is the obvious goal. Will I tie it into telecommunications? I think it's silly not to, that's what I've done for a long time. I love what I do, even when the possibility of RIFs (reduction in forces *shudder*) rolls around every six months. I keep rolling with them, I'm still employed. Has to be a good sign.
My life is going to change quite a bit if I do this, because I don't like to take on anything with a "halfway" attitude. If I do it, the work involved comes first. It has to, I'm paying for it. I'd love to just go to school full time, live that college life where one can actually do it in 4 years (or 2 depending upon your degree/goal) but I have a job that I won't give up. So this will take a little longer than most.
So..... this is me mulling it over. And making an appointment to see a counselor at a nearby College. And seeing the possibility of my name written down on an 8x14 piece of paper, framed in gold lettering, with my degree listed above it.
Can you see it?
When I whine about having papers to write and being brain-tired will you sympathize? Will you come to my celebration party when I graduate?
Have breakfast with me tomorrow and we'll talk about my options. You pick. (whisper, Cafe Brazil is SO good) no pressure......
See you soon,