Well, yesterday was the end to a glorious (much needed) one month break from school. I’m not sure I mentioned this yet, but I’m finishing my degree in finance.
Being almost 28 (ugh, I’m getting old) and still in college is, well, strange. On one hand, I’m extremely proud of myself for facing my fears and getting back into it. On the other, I’m constantly fighting the overwhelming feeling of embarrassment and shame. Let me explain. I work for one of the best wealth management firms in the US. Everyone has their bachelor’s degree and some most are either working on (or already have) their MBA. Not to mention the 53 designations after their name. It’s pretty fucking challenging to go up against “Brian L. Smith, MBA, MS, WMS, CLTC, CRPS®, CFP® CIMA®, CPWA®” for a job.
I have a few coworkers still in school, and they feel the exact same way. Ashamed. But how do we get out of that way of thinking? Society sure does like to tell us when certain milestones are supposed to be met and checked off the list. Sometimes, I like to remind myself why going back to school when you’re old(er) isn’t such a bad thing.
- My job pays for my education. Most people going to college are paying a shit ton of money sothat when they graduate, they can find a good job. I have a good job, and they are actually paying for my education.
- I get to study while I work. Because I work in finance, and my degree is in finance, I have hands on training every day. Free study hours!!
- I am more focused. When I was 18 (before I dropped out of college) I wasn’t in the right frame of mind for school. I didn’t take studying seriously. I was more focused on how many friends I had on Myspace than passing statistics. Now, almost 10 years later, I’m a completely different woman. I can prioritize, and juggle different tasks.
- I WANT TO GO! The biggest difference between going to school when you’re 18 and going when you’re 28 is now… I actually want to be there. I look forward to learning something new and put 100% into my assignments.
- I didn’t go through a crazy party/binge drink/drugs/ multiple sex partners stage. Now I know for some of you, this was your favorite part of college and that’s fine, I’m glad you got to experience it. For me… I’m glad I didn’t have another opportunity to make a mistake (we’ll save the long list of mistakes I’ve made throughout the years for another post)
I’m sure there are a bazillion more reasons why going back to school when you’re old(er) isn’t such a bad thing, but I’ll stop here.
If you are anything like me and have regrets on the things you could have, would have, or should have done. Just STOP. Stop blaming yourself and stop comparing yourself to others. It’s never too late to get the education you want and be the person you are meant to be. Just make sure it’s something you’re ready for and something you actually want to do. Because although the “Reasons it’s AWESOME to go back to school when you’re older” list is a long one… The “Reasons it’s HARD AS FUCK to go back to school when you’re older” list is just as long.
Happy Studying & Happy Monday!!