I have thought about writing this post for quite some time, but now I’m officially ready to share that I’m going back to school! That phrase may seem odd since I really never left school to begin with; I go everyday for work. But, this past winter I restarted my career as a student by applying and eventually enrolling in graduate school.
I have always loved being a student, and six years after graduating college, I am still excited about the prospect of getting to be on the other side of teaching. Given the job market and the fact that my employer is paying for me to go to school (OMG. AWESOME.), I will be teacher and student all at the same time, completing graduate school on a part-time basis.
When I began my first graduate course this past January, the idea of balancing my teacher work and student work caused me a bit of anxiety. Having seen Tyler handle this predicament for the past two years gave me some confidence, but I also knew that I am not necessarily as disciplined as Tyler is when it comes to work. Despite years of experience, procrastination still seems to be my middle name.
Now that I’ve come out on the other side of my first class (one down, nine more to go, yay!), I’d like to say I feel more confident, but honestly, I’ve still got that nervous butterfly feeling in the pit of my stomach. This is not to say that I had a bad experience with my first class, because I didn’t.
I was fortunate enough to have professor who clearly loved the subject matter and conveyed the material in engaging ways. The reality of the situation, however, is that professors are not made equal. So, next semester I may get a boring professor who assigns endless pages of reading and complicated projects with unclear directions. My nightmare! To complicate things even more, I did not have to coach at work this past spring. So, I had most of my afternoons free to do other work. In the fall, I will be coaching soccer, teaching a whole new group of students, and have other responsibilities making it so that there will be much less time to do my work.
Since looking ahead kind of causes me to go into a tailspin, I’m trying to go with the “one day at a time” philosophy. Fingers crossed people!