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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-14-2003, 04:27 PM Thread Starter
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I want to finish...

my education. I am afraid to do it. I am terrified of going back to college.

I want to stay a SAHM forever! Can I just go buy some kids? Blackmarket still up and going? JK of course.

I want to make myself happy and also if anything ever happens to DH and I that I am stable with my own financial fallback.

Why am I so scared to even get the info in the mail.

Has anyone gone back to school after being a SAHM for 10+ years?

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I would love to help you out, but I'm in the same boat. I have to work part time at night and I hate it. Click here to enlarge I want to stay home!

I have been thinking of going back to school, but every time I look online I chicken out. Maybe we can hold each other while we do it together. Click here to enlarge
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My Mom went back to school with 4 kids 4th grade and younger. She finished her English degree and also got an education degree. She was a substitute teacher for about 20 years after. She went to school while we were in school for the most part. My two little bros went to daycare part of the time. I didn't always like that she was gone or that she had to study (or that meant Dad was making dinner). But I do remember how proud I was of her the day she graduated. So just go on back...it'll be worth it in the long run.
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What about making it easier on yourself by just taking one class for now and forget about the whole career/degree thing for a moment. It seems to be overwhelming you, so take the pressure off. Order a catalog from your nearby comm. college and look for a class based purely on enjoyment--art, literature, science. Whatever floats your boat. Don't worry about if it'll fit in w/future ciriculum (sp?) requirements---most likely it will, under electives---for now just take this one step.
The first month or so will probably feel really weird, but you will quickly acclimate and feel more comfortable. As the semester draws to a close and it becomes time to decide whether or not to continue, you will have a good idea of what you should do. Remember---take a class of pure fun!
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I would love to go back to school, but my kids are still too small for me to really consider it right now. Plus I have no freakin clue what I would want to major in. My major 10 years ago was English. I don't see me going back to school to be a teacher anymore. I'm too independent now to go back to school to end up working for someone else.
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I'd been home for 3 years when I went back, not quite 10 but if you convert it to dog years...

I loved it, every last second of it, even all nighter cramming for evile exams hell. I was absolutely nervous when I enrolled, and did my placement exam, but once I was in there and learning about things I wanted to learn about (and once I realized my conversation skills could go above a deep chat about who would win in a spiderman vs caillou battle) I really was a happy person and could not understand why I didn't do it earlier.

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Thank you for taking the time to comment.

I have about 4 really important must does before the New Year and then I think I will take the plundge. I am going to try and get some schedule and enrollment paperwork in the next two weeks.

Oh Mouthy, I am Click here to enlarge @ Spidey and Caillou!
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-18-2003, 10:57 PM
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I'll help you any way that I can!

I returned when my eldest was 8. I started out taking 7 credits and am now carrying 10. I'll go full time when my baby is ready for pre-school. He'll be almost 4 when I am a FT student.

I think the same things that you are considering. What if DH dies or becomes ill? What if he justs becomes annoying (Click here to enlarge)? I feel the need to be able to support my family should anything happen. And if nothing does happen, I can still contribute while my kids are in school.

I think it is intimidating because school is so demanding. It is also difficult to be 34 and to be in class with 18YOs. One of my teachers is younger than me. Click here to enlarge

One good thing though is that my advanced years have enabled me to understand more of the material and I am tops in two of my three classes with little effort. It reason does get easier to learn - at least it did for me.

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I'm going to try and get back into school for spring semester, but no later than the summer semester. I've found a local college, that offers tons of on-line courses, and for now, I'm mainly going to take the on-line courses until my son is older (we're breastfeeding). I haven't been out of the school scene for too long (about 3-4 years), but I'm nervous about going back. I think that the main reason that I'm nervous is that this time it's for real- no slacking, people are depending on me. Last time I was in school, I was single- not married, no kids and the only person I had to answer to, was myself. This time it's way different.

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