Things to Consider When Going Back to School
So, I have a little over a week until I start school again. How did it get to be May already? I’m realizing there is much to consider when going back to school.
I graduated with my Master’s Degree in General Management in 2009, so it’s been a WHILE since I had to study and worry about homework and tests. I’ve been kind of scared.
I am a HUGE planner, so I went on the college website today to learn about the site, and find out which day I will be able to enter the courses to start studying. I gave myself major props for being SO proactive.
As I navigated the different parts of the portal, I stumbled (yes, stumbled…like, by total accident) upon the two classes I will be taking. To the far right, next to each class, I saw a highlighted word that threw me into a TOTAL…PANIC…ATTACK!!!!
The word was…. wait for it…. TEXTBOOK!
OMG…it never dawned on me that I had to order textbooks for my classes. Yes, I know it is the first thought that would have crossed a normal person’s mind the second they paid for the classes…but I’m no normal person. I’m a sleep-deprived, over-worked, baseball game goin’, half brain-dead working mom.
I quickly did the math, and realized I still had a small available amount on the pre-paid credit card I set up for my classes, and quickly ordered the books. I even paid the extra $12 in shipping to get the books here in two business days.
Find out EVERYTHING you need to start classes. Here are the MOST important things to consider when going back to school:
Paper and Pens
Online or In-Class Courses
Parking Fees (my program is online, so I won’t have to worry about this part)
Available Time to Study
Don’t Be Afraid
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. The director of the program I’m entering was SO amazing in helping set me up for my classes. He was super friendly, and made the whole process a lot less scary than I normally would have made it. I’m bad about turning an ant pile into a major volatile volcano. He made everything simple, and was really supportive. In addition, my supervisor, and the Regional manager were so encouraging and helpful. With all of this support, I should have asked more questions!
Don’t be afraid to use your resources. Ask questions. If you can’t think of questions, ask people around you what they would ask if they were going back to school. You’d be amazed at the ideas they’ll give you.
Worst case…go to Google and type in “What do I need to go back to school?”
Google is my best friend. She’ll never let you down.