My Return to School
My Return to School
While returning to school will be extremely beneficial, the challenges are at times overwhelming and scary. I was nineteen the last time I took a college class. Now at forty, I have been out of a formal education setting longer than I was ever in school. I might be a little crazy but I decided it is time to go back to complete my college coursework. There are many factors that influenced my decision to reenter the classroom. I have many reasons to be apprehensive. I know, however, that hard work, proper time management and a supportive family will result in a positive outcome in the end.
Going back to school was an easy decision. One of the main factors that influenced my decision is the need to attain my Community College of the Air Force degree (CCAF). This degree is equal to an associate’s degree from another college. By completing my degree as an active member of the United States Air Force, I am able to achieve higher goals within my military career. I am currently a Master Sergeant) and this degree is tied to my advancement. Without it, I can no longer be promoted. Without further promotion, I will soon reach mandatory Air Force retirement age. As I look beyond my Air Force career, I realize that my future employment opportunities are also tied to my education. Without a degree, I will not be able to fulfill my desire to become a middle school football coach. In almost all school systems the sports coaches are required to be certified teaching staff. This degree is the primary building block for achieving this goal. I will need to continue my education beyond my CCAF to attain my bachelor’s degree. Being successful in my first few classes will not only build up my confidence to succeed in future courses, it will also demonstrate that I can meet the same standards which I have set for my children.
For the last two years I have been preaching to my thirteen and...