Education = frustration!

There's no gentle way to put this so I'm just going to come right out and say it - I HATE SCHOOL! I love teaching it, but I hate being the student. I liked it when I first started 7 years ago, but after someone has been in school as long as I have, they should be making thousands performing open-heart surgeries. I clearly am not. I have nothing to show for it so far. Here's why...

I began my career of college at the tender, naive age of 18. I was at Utah State University. I was young, ambitious, excited, on my own . . . and I had no idea what I wanted to do. My choice of majors has flopped around from natural resources, piano, photography, psychology, human development, and finally elementary education. I have a VAST array of classes under my belt. I didn't pick El Ed until my final semester at USU. To make matters worse, I encountered a troubled personal life that forced me into depression and I got sick. I didn't give a hoot about school when just getting out of bed every day was a near impossible challenge. So, my grades suffered. I took a year off  and stayed in Logan to recover. But that didn't work. My luck got worse and so did I. So, I moved home, met Cory, became happy again, yadda, yadda, yadda, basically got my life in order. School was a priority and I KNEW (and still know) that I want to be a teacher. Cory was getting his welding degree as a full time student at the time. So I decided to work and do classes part time to start up again after 2 years off. That was 2 years ago. I'm very close to finally having an associates in pre-teacher education at SLCC. So, what's my next step?

I am a die hard Ute fan. I bleed red through and true. I've always wanted to be a student there, plus it's close to our home. As I mentioned a while ago, I met with an adviser there and was told after 5 years of school, I still had another 2.5 years of FULL TIME enrollment to graduate. I cried. I was not a happy camper. To maker matters worse, Cory can't get insurance at Kennecott for another year so I have to keep working full time so we can be insured until then. That's another year tacked on to the never ending time spent in school. So, I will be 30 by the time I graduate. I was very close to giving up. Until today. I was emailing an adviser at SLCC to make sure there wasn't anything I was missing and glanced over the required classes one more time. It lists the required classes for all major Utah universities that are needed to transfer there. To my amazement, the "U" requires about 10+ more classes than anywhere else. Weber requires 6, 4 of which I've already taken. Ah!!! So, I'm thinking Weber may be the best option. I don't want to go there. But their program is ranked nationally, it's a lot cheaper, and if it's faster, sign me up! My next plan of action is to meet with someone at Weber and find out all I can. I REALLY hope it's good news. Maybe I can graduate by 29 instead :).

My school career has been so fun, I think I'll consider going for my masters!


Kathy said...

Time and age are all relevant. I have a friend who started college at 40 and is now a nurse. It's okay!

Lisa McLachlan said...

I think it shows alot that you haven't given up. I know a couple of girls that just decided that because they were married, they didn't need to graduate. While I believe everybody's situation is different, I also believe that education is very important. You never know what life will bring, but I think being educated will help us deal with it better. :) Way to go Megan! I think you'll be (and currently are) an awesome teacher. And even if you don't teach, these classes will still help you raise your kids.

Jennifer said...

I got REALLY burned out from school at the end too. I really wanted to follow through and finish though, so I did. Basically, I was just extremely glad when it was all over. I didn't even go to my own graduation ceremony, that is how sick of it I was. I wondered if that little piece of paper called a diploma would ever really come in the mail. It did, eventually. I guess that means I really did graduate after all. I'm still just really glad it is all over.

I actually attended four different universities/colleges throughout the whole process. Don't feel too bad if you decide not to go to the U. It was actually my least favorite by far of all that I attended, and ironically the one I finally graduated from with my B.S. degree.