~ Bruce Nauman
There are always excuses for a teacher considering becoming a student once again after many years:
* I don't have the time.
* I'm not ready to go back to school.
* It's been too long since I've been a student.
* I have young kids.
* It's too much money.
* I would need a new computer.
* It would be a lot of work.
* I don't know what to expect.
.......and the list goes on......
And once I made that decision, my family and friends were right there - to support me - and to believe in me.
They believed in me when I went back to school...fifteen years after graduating from college with my Bachelor's Degree.
They believed I had something within myself to monitor my own learning with online classes.
They believed I could handle the pressure, the paperwork, and the timelines.
It was a big step.
It was scary, challenging, and exciting all at once.
It involved research, papers, projects, and collaboration with others across the country.
It involved time away from my family and friends.
Late nights. Tired days.
Fifteen months straight, with only a 2-week Christmas break.
Why didn't I go back to school earlier?
Maybe it's because I needed the support of my family, friends, and colleagues as well as the maturity to be able to balance the many factors needed to accomplish this life-changing step.
And it was worth it.
Read more about this experience on a post I wrote from September 2014 ~ "A Big Accomplishment"