This is it.
I am biting the bullet. I am doing it. I am returning to college to earn my Master’s Degree in English.
As I explained to my husband (in an effort to clear it up for myself), I have three reasons for doing this.
First, the kids are getting older and my homeschooling responsibilities are shifting from full time teaching to part time teaching and full time advising and guiding. Also, a lot of driving.
A lot of driving.
This shift in responsibilities has given me extra time for self improvement.
Second, my eldest child is heading off to college in a few months and the prospect of a home with fewer and fewer children seems to be getting closer much faster than I thought. I swore long ago that I wouldn’t be an empty-nester moms, purposeless and lost, who spends months crying her eyes out when her last child leaves for college. Seeking a degree in higher education will help me get a job outside of the home.
Third, my last paid occupation outside of the home was eighteen and half years ago. I was a technical writer. Well, let me tell you, technical then and technical now are worlds apart. After some research, I found that I would have to take many, many science classes and I wouldn’t be able to work from home . Basically, I would have to prove my abilities in a corporate environment before I could work from my home office.
Technical writing wasn’t going to work because (a.) I still have homeschooling responsibilities and (b.) I can study science but I certainly don’t enjoy it.
And then my kids said, “You know, you should teach at the community college. They need English teachers.”
It resonated with me. And when I say that I mean, a lightbulb appeared over my head . I thought about it. I researched it. And I remembered way back in the old days when I started my Master’s degree before shunting it to the side to earn big money as a technical writer.
So teaching English is the end goal. And a Master’s degree is the first step.
And here I am. Beginning a journey, older and wiser.