I am not what you would call the traditional student. I am 46, have been out of the job market for some time while I was home raising my children, and never received my bachelor’s degree. But my life is different now that my kids are older and I have more time to do the things that are important to my own sense of self-accomplishment. I decided that it was never too late to do what you love to do and it wasn’t too late for me to go back to school and finish what I was not able to all those years ago. And so now I am enrolled in a nonprofit management degree program and loving every minute of it!
I have to say that my biggest concern about going back to school in the traditional sense was sitting in a classroom with kids that were half my age. I just felt like it would really derail my efforts and all that I would be consumed with was how I old I was and out of place. I know that may seem silly and in the end maybe I would have really loved it but I just know that it was a huge obstacle for me to go from thinking about going back to school to actually doing it.
But then I discovered the option of online learning and everything changed for me! I knew the Internet was a powerful modern tool but I had no idea that it would allow me actually go back to school from the comfort of my own home – where I could focus on my studies and not my age!
I immediately set to work finding the program that would suit me – that would give me the option to do something that I really loved and that’s when I found the nonprofit management degree program. I had volunteered for many nonprofit organizations over the years and this would allow me to really get involved and embark upon a career that I loved.