After ten years of being out of the classroom I’ll step back in and take a seat for the next three years. Over the last ten years I’ve taught numerous classes, and guest lectured in a handful more. However, now I will be on the receiving end of the knowledge. Late last year I decided I was finally going to move forward on a long standing goal of mine, to complete a terminal degree. About five years ago I toyed with the idea, but I soon noticed once “we” hit high school I needed to focus on energy on helping Allison and Brandon get through school first. Then comes baby, but now that the older kids are almost done with school, and Catherine has a few years until she starts I’m going to slip in these three years of doctoral work. Sounds easy, huh?
It’s been quite the ride from applying to programs, to taking the GRE and the process of registering for classes. Although I’ve been on a college campus for the 15 years things have sure changed. Thank goodness for academic advisers, because I honestly feel old when I send emails like “did I submit that application correctly?” or ” did I registered for classes correctly?” And I’m pretty sure the student assistants at the financial aid office probably think I’m ancient with all my questions. Thanks goodness for students affairs professionals!
There is a new program starting that I have the pleasure to be a part of in the first cohort of students. Its a program in Student Affairs Leadership, very similar to my masters program, which will be a great extension from that experience. There will be two classes each semester, including summer, for the next three years. I’ll complete a dissertation and commence through the experience with 12 other people from institutions all over Georgia. This program is designed for someone who works full time, and was created to give full time professionals an opportunity to go back to school without having to step back from their job. It’ll be one week in Athens each May, and once a moth to the Griffin campus for class. The rest of the time it’ll be mixed format, online when I’m able to carve out time for school work.
From what I learned studying for the GRE is that I’ll really need to carve out the time to read, and do the schoolwork, and to stay ahead as much as possible. During my masters program I was notorious for having papers done well in advance of the deadline, so I’m hoping to maintain this same reputation.
But overall, I’m really excited about being able to start this program, and being fortunate enough to have my employer paying 1/2 the tuition! It’ll test my time management skills and being able to balance family and work but I have a super hubby that’ll be supporting me through it all! Team Puddin!