Ok, so now that I’m registered for my courses and all set with financial aid, I CAN’T WAIT TO START!!!! I got a postcard in the mail from “Bully” wishing me a happy birthday. The mascot sent me a card!!!! Yes, I realize that he did not send it to me personally, but I still got all warm and fuzzy inside. I’m a University student! While I do already have that first Bachelor’s, it was at a private college and they didn’t even have a football team! So…flipping…excited…
I wish that I could get a job in the field in the meantime. The next three years are going to be tough. I want to completely immerse myself in it, but I’m thinking that isn’t possible. Maybe I could be a gofer at The Weather Channel? Do you hear that Jim Cantore?! How do you take your coffee buddy?!
Well, I guess not. I’ll just hang tight until all falls in to place.
My hubs would like me to work as a meteorologist at ESPN (if they even have their own), and asked me to think of the perks. Ha! Perks for who?! He kills me sometimes…
Boy, if there was a way to keep my other half from reading a post now would be the time to implement it. While we have already discussed the cost of tuition for my program, it’s not a reminder he wants to get I’m sure…
So, as we all know, the cost of education can be steep and boy is this hill going to suck…Now, while the number doesn’t look all that awful compared to the cost of say…Harvard, Yale, Duke, etc., let’s remember that I already have a degree, therefore I already have some of the financial pains that come with said degree. So, when I look at adding to what I already have, I cry a little. Nothing crazy, no river of tears of anything, but I let out a little whimper and sigh. But hey! No pay no play right! Or no pain no gain? No pay no get into a good college and get the degree/job of your dreams so you can get out of the stuffy corporate world? Whatever, you know what I mean…
To break it down and serve it up in a nutshell, here are the numbers…
49 credits at $ 242.00 per credit = $11,858.00
$50 per course for online format at 16 courses = $800.00
Textbooks…hmmmm, let’s say $100 a course by 16 courses (OMG) = $1600.00
For a GRAND TOTAL of $14258.00!!!!!
WHAT?! For 16 classes?!?!? Yup, I’m going to pay it too. Unless someone knows of another college with an online Meteorology program that’s cheaper? Anyone? Yeah…ok. Oh, and this number does not include the three courses I’ll be taking close to home at the community college. I’m easily looking at $15K here…*sigh*
Now how to pay for this bad boy? Loans are an option of course, grants (I wish), scholarships…possible. But for anyone who’s ever looked at applying for scholarships you know that you practically need to take a course for that as well! At least I have a year to figure that part out… 🙂
Eh, c’est la vie…
Yay! My patience paid off and I heard from the school regarding my transcripts. Ok, I can’t lie, I did email…but ONLY once!!!! I couldn’t help it, I had no control!
Ahem…anyway, seems that I’m on track with no problem…I only need to take three courses other than the degree courses to get my B.S. in Geoscience. AND, turns out, I also had some weird class that transfers in as one of the degree courses so BONUS!!!!
So now I get to look forward to History, Literature, and Writing. (Hey! Let’s see if the writing helps my blog at all!) Only 4 years until graduation! Too soon to play the march?
I’ve decided that maybe it’s time to catch up with the rest of the world and start a blog. Up until now I haven’t really had anything to write about so it seemed pretty pointless. I had a ton of questions. Would I be interesting? Would I have enough to say? Would I be funny? Well, anyone who knows me knows that I am hilarious, or wait, maybe that’s only in my head. (If my hubby’s eye rolling is any indication…)
But hold up! I do have something to talk about! I, at the ripe age of 37, will be starting on the path of a major career change. Oh but how could that be interesting in the least? Well, ok, maybe it won’t be THAT interesting, but I think the future may hold some moments of struggle, aggravation, happiness, me curling into the fetal position sucking on my thumb…you get the picture. Working full time, being a wife and mother of three will lend itself to that last little bit of mental well being.
So now you may be wondering what my new career path is or, for the more clever readers, my blog name may have given it away. 🙂 And now, for the next four years or so, you get to follow along with me as I take classes that will make me want to pull my hair out. But for now, I am literally just beginning this journey. I already have a Bachelor’s degree, so for the next year I will just be doing the few courses that I need that were not required for my first degree. But I will be sharing with you all the experiences I have concerning getting started in my program, applying for scholarships and grants, that sort of thing.
So if you’re not bored out of your mind already, stick around and see what comes of this fantastic journey that is going to take me into my 40’s! YIKES!!!