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Back To School

August 19, 2008

I start my last class for my Masters a week from today and I’m so excited! I guess I should say I am excited and nervous because not since I was 19 have I been out of school for so long (one year). Now that I’m back and finishing another degree, I’ve started thinking about the next step. Maybe I’m crazy and Matt may want to kill me, but… I want to get another degree! Might as well pick up where I left off the last time I was in school. I had begun to take classes toward my Graduate Certificate in NonProfit Management, but withdrew from my first class due to my “change in priorities” (new job, wedding planning) and my frustration with my program for letting me down in my final semester of graduation. I’m trying to put hard feelings behind me and move forward because other than my capstone committee letting me down I had a great experience at my University in both undergrad and graduate classes.

I’m one of those sick people who loves to learn. I don’t always love classes, but I love being in an environment which fosters active learning. I actually enjoy lectures (when they are from an inspired “professor” who is actually professing their knowledge and love of a particular subject. But what I also love and perhaps miss most is the interaction between students and professors, those who seek knowledge and those who have it. That exchange is something that you don’t usually find during the 8-5 daily grind in the confines of a cubicle. Well, maybe you do and you’re lucky, but at my job this occurrence is seldom, if it happens at all.

Since leaving school, I have been primarily focused on work and family. Between my job and getting married over the past year I’ve had little free time to do much else. I’m finally getting involved with music and serving the community again and I am much happier. Even at work I’ve pursued continuous learning. Over the past year and a half I have taken 17 classes through my company’s “university,” not to mention all of the increased responsibilities I’ve sought here.

After getting my certificate, perhaps I will pursue my Masters of Nonprofit Management, if some of the classes will transfer. If not, then maybe I will pursue something beyond a Master’s as long as I can afford it.

3 Responses to “Back To School”

  1. Corinna Hoffman Photography says:

    You go, girl!! I’m proud of you!! I was gung-ho on getting my MBA on Marketing.. and this funny thing called Photography got in the way.. ;-D I pray that you will have a successful year :)

  2. Gwen's Blog says:

    Thanks! If an MBA is something you definitely want to pursue, make a plan of it!

    If only we could have more time to do all the things we want!

  3. Matt says:

    bebe! I totally support more learning. I’ve been thinking of classes I want to take (German) and potential career altering school programs I could pursue. So I hope we find the time and funds for us to both keep learning.

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