The Kids Aren't The Only Ones Going to School

I firmly believe that there is a time and a season for everything in our lives. I believe that if we're humble, patient, and listen to the Spirit we can know what we should be doing, and when. One thing that I've wrestled with a lot over the last three and a half years is whether or not I should go back to school and finish my Bachelor's degree. I had finished my Associate's degree during my first trimester with Em, but then when everything became much more serious with her pregnancy, I withdrew from my classes and stopped pursuing my education. 


I'd secretly been hoping that this yearning to finish my degree would go away, but it simply never has. There were a few obstacles in the way though, that over the last few years made it seem pointless to go back. When I was at BYU my major was Public Health with an emphasis in Health Promotion and Education. When I got my Associate's degree through BYU-Idaho online, I'd just done the General Studies option because none of the four-year degree programs looked appealing to me. Then when I thought I'd do my Bachelor's during Em's pregnancy, I just chose the Health Science degree, although it wasn't entirely what I wanted to be pursuing. So when it came time to quite during her pregnancy, I didn't feel that awful about quitting since it was a degree I wasn't too jazzed about anyways. 

The kids are both starting preschool this year. That means for three hours everyday I'll have this block of time that I can dedicate to just me. I've thought a lot about what I would do with this chunk of time over the last several months and a few weeks ago when I volunteered at our church's youth trek, the answer became very clear. I'd met a woman who was getting toward the end of her career as a teacher and she told me she went to get her Master's Degree when she was my age and that parenting and a busy schedule for her husband meant that she'd never passed the last certification to get her degree, and so she simply never got it. Fast forward 30 years, she was now pursuing a new Master's Degree program so that she could get that pay bump the last few years of her career, and get a higher pension pay out when she retires. 

This made me realize that I'm never going to feel at peace with not finishing my undergrad degree, and that unless I want to have this constant wrestle over the matter for the rest of my life, I just need to hunker down and get it done while the kids are gone in school this year. When I came home from trek I looked into what it would take to get my degree, and realized that BYU-Idaho now offers my exact degree program from BYU in their online options and my heart fluttered with excitement. I then spent a few hours on the phone getting several more classes from LDS Business College and BYU to transfer into my degree audit, when it finally turned out that in just three semesters I can have my entire degree done! Classes start in September, and I'll take classes three semesters straight until August 2018, and then I'll be done. I'll be taking a pretty rigorous full time course load, but I'll have 15 uninterrupted hours each week, which is far more than I've ever given to my school work in the past, so I'm confident that I'll have enough time to get it all done while the kids are in school each day. 

My intentions aren't to work full-time outside of the home when this is all over. My hopes and dreams would be to one day run some community based workshops helping and educating other parents of special needs children on where they can go to get the best therapies and support for their kids at a price they can afford, instead of being flat broke after being bullied through large hospital networks. I want to be able to tell parents on a wide scale where they can find free wheelchairs and adaptive equipment for their kids, and tell them where they can pay $200 for the same exact leg braces that the large hospital network charges $1,600 for. I want to facilitate workshops where special needs parents can get together and have group discussions and teach each other what have been some of the best practices and resources for them to help their kids through certain obstacles in their lives, so that other parents currently struggling with the same thing, can get some more insight and hopefully resolve their problem. I truly feel like this is a small portion of what I've been called to do in this life, and I really think that getting my degree finished is the right stepping stone to get me there. 

10 comments

  1. Congrats! What an exciting time for you!

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  2. Congratulations & good luck!

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  3. Good on you for taking the plunge. You'll be so glad you did when you have the satisfaction of finishing your degree. You're making your dreams come true :-)

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  4. Congratulations! That's exciting to be starting again on a goal you've wanted for yourself for a long time. I just listened to this BYU Devotional and thought you might appreciate it: https://speeches.byu.edu/talks/eva-witesman_women-education-future-god-see/

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  5. love hearing your goals! so awesome! you will rock it!

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  6. I think this is so incredible. It is never too late to go back to school and you never stop learning!

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  7. Yay! This will be so great - good for you!

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  8. Good luck and congratulations! Follow you heart, everything will fall into place. I went back to school when my youngest was 16 months old and now a have a degree in Software Engineering and saved myself from all the "what if's"! Make your dreams come true :)

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  9. Congratulation ! Good luck

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  10. Good for you girl! You are such a great example of being proactive and productive. I'm excited for you to keep going with your education!

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