3 Reasons I'm Going Back to School at 30
I loved school.
Not the social web that was school, I was far too shy for that, but the learning. I wasn’t the most brilliant of students and could certainly have applied myself a lot more than I did, and yet i felt at home with learning. My mom taught me to learn reading by forcing me to read quite often. Even though it was a challenge, one day we found the right book and it was a go from there. I developed a very creative and imaginative mind overtime, and spent a lot of time recreating my own worlds as a child, most of which were inspired by the books that I read. My love for writing followed not too long after, but I did not realize I had a gift for it until my junior year of high school, when I hesitantly signed up for a creative writing class.
From an early age though, I loved medicine. I decided at the age of 5 that I wanted to be a doctor, in my teens I determined that I had a passion for cardiology and children and would be a pediatric cardiologist. Somewhere between my teens and now, the realities of my immigration status, life, and God completely overturned any plans I had set for myself and suddenly my gifts were activated.
I found myself using my gifts to create a path that at the time seemed unexpected for myself. The idea of going to school and not knowing whether I would even be able to work seemed like a waste of time, but allowed me to tap into my ability to be resourceful in ways that I never could have imagined. I began to explore using my writing to create income. I began blogging, launched a podcast and offering services to Women in Business who challenged and excited me in ways I could never imagine.
But I love learning.
And before long, I started exploring reasons I needed to go back to school. Although I have wrestled with the idea quite a few times, I quickly realized I need to do this for me.
It’s What I Want For Myself
I have been making a lot of changes in my life lately. Choosing not to make excuses as to why things simply are not happening and simply taking a leap towards actually improving the areas that matter to me. Some areas have been harder than others but having the support of an awesome family and life partner has helped to keep me motivated and to keep going even after making mistakes.
Going back to school and getting my degree is the next goal that I would like to cross off my list. This fall I will be that much closer to achieving a goal that I spent years dancing around with.
I Want My Children to Understand That You Can Redefine Yourself at Any Age
When it comes to education, age ain’t nothing but a number. But that works in any area of our lives. We should not limit ourselves by age. I want them to know that at any age if they work hard at something they can be successful, and no one has the right to limit them in any way.
I want to go to school.
I know that it will be tough, and it will take a lot of sacrifice. I am looking forward to overcoming those challenges with my children watching.
Education Opens Doors
As someone who has gotten by with my gifts, I know better than anyone that when the bible states that your gifts will make a way, it is 100% truth. I have lived it for so long and my gifts created opportunities beyond my wildest imagination.
I have also been exposed to the power of education. My father is definitely what you would call book smart. And as someone who’s father valued education, he used it to create a much better life for himself and that effect trickled down and created opportunities for his family overtime.
I understand despite everything the power of education, and how it can completely transform your life. It was a degree that allowed my father and mother to come to the US. It was because of that same degree that I was given opportunities far greater than I may have had otherwise. So, this knowledge has gotten me to a new venture in my 30s. I am going back to school, and I cannot wait to share my journey, from enrollement and beyond with you.
Do you know anyone who went to school at a later time in life? What are some of the challenges that they experienced?