“Empty Nester Turns College Girl” Part 2

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It looks like I will need to take a full load of college classes to get some financial help, which is fine with me since I enjoy learning and will soon be able to move forward in my new teaching career path and have an income.    I was an A student in high school and college my first go around so I am looking forward to the challenge of what college has to offer this late in life. I am thankful to have a hubby that supports my decision and two teenage boys that think I’m a great fit for high school level teaching.   School1
I have spent a big portion of my life raising, homeschooling, and caring for my kids, so transitioning into something new will be scary yet exhilarating. I was lucky to have most of my classes and background in place, so making the adjustment into a new field should go quite smoothly. I’m sure that college will be a big help in this area and I won’t be the timid school girl I was in my younger days. I will dive right in with enthusiasm and not be afraid to ask questions. I am expecting a big change in how classes and college in general flow now, but I feel I have the drive to succeed. I am also fortunate enough to be able to move right into a new job, our local school has already said they will use me as a sub as often as I would like to work. That makes it all seem doable, and gives me reason to push on with the classes. I do wonder what online classes will be like, since I have only ever been in classrooms for school. These are all things that will be new to me, and I may even find that I like them better.   I will never loose my love of blogging but it’s now time to spread my wings and help with the family income. I would have never thought this was something I would pursue in my late 40’s but I feel I have so much to offer, and I look forward to a new career.


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  1. says

    I admire you so much for moving forward with this, Dawn. You are such a dedicated, hard working and enthusiastic person, I know you will do very well. We’ll never have enough teachers that have a real connection with the students ~ it’s a wonderful gift that you have!

    • says

      JoAnne thank you so much for the kind words I sure hope I make a difference in someones life.

  2. says

    Great post Dawn, I posted mine for Kaplan on Monday.

  3. says

    Yes, the whole online course thing is new to us – I haven’t done that either. But it is so much more convenient and will, I’m sure, be stimulating and exciting! Proud of you, my friend.

    • says

      Claudia, I will save a ton in gas just being able to sit home and I can also do it on my own time frame.

  4. says

    Dawn – kuddos to you for jumping into this new adventure! I have longed to do something similar but the financing has always held me back…I shall live vicariously through you, be sure to keep us posted as you proceed!

    • says

      Cheryl the finances do seem to be a problem, I actually put off starting a semester because there was more free money available if I did, It seemed to be all about the timing to get the most funds.

  5. says

    Dawn, since you’ve tackled blogging, photography, and graphic work, you should find those online classes a breeze! You will definitely have to blog about your progress as you undertake this new venture!

  6. says

    Congratulations on your decision to go back to school! From what I’ve heard from both my son and a friend who took some online classes, they can be tougher than being in a classroom. Good luck in your new venture!

    • says

      Melanie thanks for the warning on the classes being harder, I may have to rethink taking them all on line.

  7. says

    You will love this new journey in life. I can so see you spreading wisdom on all the kids you teach. It is never too late to start anything that will fulfill you. Congrats and I am so excited for you.

    • says

      Kris Im not sure if I have much wisdom, but I do have a desire to see each one of them succeed and not slip through the cracks, and that seems to be a problem in our local school system.

  8. AJ says

    In January I will be heading to college as well. Good luck!

      • says

        Thank you Susan I am anxious to get started.

      • AJ says

        Well a long time ago, before kids, after I got my first degree, I decided to take classes in Office Systems. I was tired of cranky receptionists. If I could give smiles and be kind, maybe that would make a difference in someone’s day. I took a handful of credits about 12 years ago, then I had my children. They are all in school now so it is time to get back at it.

        • says

          AJ, I know how you feel, it is so hard to get back at the classes but I think it will be rewarding in the end.

  9. says

    Dawn… YOU GO GIRL!!! I am thrilled for you. Those kids you will teach are go lucky!!!! I will be praying for you. I know you will be the best teacher! I was a teacher for years… but I taught first grade. Good teachers are worth their weight in gold!!!! So happy for you!

    • says

      Yvonne, I didn’t know you were a teacher. How wonderful. I sure hope I can handle high school kids they are so different now.

  10. says

    Dawn, you sound so very excited on this new journey you are about to begin and with the support of your wonderful family, you will be so very successful!…Good for you!

    • says

      Thank you Shirley who would ever think of doing this so late in the game? I hope it all works out!!

    • says

      Thank Char, glad to see you’re still out there. I haven’t seen a post from you recently are you still blogging?

  11. says

    Good for you! Good luck with your new adventure!

    Merry Christmas!

  12. says

    Congratulations on your new plans. It is never too late to learn and I’m sure you will bring so much wisdom and experience to your new career. Wishing you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas and all the best in the New Year.

    • says

      Elizabeth, I can’t wait to get started:) Have a great Christmas yourself.

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