Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Going Back to School - 20 Years Later

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Going Back to School - 20 Years Later

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It seems like only yesterday when I went to my father with my plan to take the second semester of my freshman year off - and resume classes the following fall. That was more than 20 years ago. I never went back.

Instead, I worked full time, earned my own money, and traveled. I became successful in spite of the fact that I didn't finish college. Over the years, I took some accounting and computer classes, which made me more valuable as an employee. I was proud that I lived on my own and was able to support myself comfortably. I enjoyed the luxury of buying not only the things I needed, but also the things I wanted.

Then, the 1990s began. Words like "budget reductions," "downsizing," and "redesign" became common. I became aware of their impact in 1994. With only two weeks' notice, I was placed in a different position within the company I had worked at for more than eight years - at a 30-percent decrease in salary. I left the company, and my search to find comparable employment was discouraging. I quickly learned that I wouldn't find what I was looking for because I didn't have a degree. Eventually, I decided that it was time to recommit to my goal of finishing college. Returning to school has proved to be a very rewarding experience. I am currently enrolled in a bachelor of science degree in the management program at Lesley College in Cambridge, Mass. I learn a great deal from the classes and textbooks and get an equal amount of learning from discussions with teachers and classmates. Lesley offers a unique approach and self-directed learning is a key component. In lieu of tests, students submit papers related to class subjects. It sounds easier than testing, but it is actually more difficult putting theory into your own words. Keeping yourself motivated takes a great deal of discipline. I love it and am doing well. …

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