Saturday, August 23, 2008

School Days Are Here Again

My re-education has been jumpstarted. Last Thursday evening was my first back in school in several years.

Q: How does it feel to be the oldest student in the classroom?

A: It feels great!

At least the instructor has a good 10+ years on me. And, lucky for everyone in that class, our instructor is energetic, funny and engaging... and this is Accounting? Okay, one class can be checked-off as enjoyable. The true test will be whether or not my Business Law class will be just as pleasant. I have no fear that I will be interested in the subject matter, it is the instructor that I have my doubts about. He's a judge. A judge that I have stood before years ago. About 6 years ago, and in fact just happens to be the judge that ruled in both my separation and divorce hearings.

Ahh, life in a small town... Do not worry, I will in no way intentionally remind him of how we last met. I wonder if in his absence, my ex-father-in-law will substitute for him? They are very good friends, and, well... oh, just forget it.

My pursuit of a college degree has been a multiple launch effort. My last attempt, ten years ago, while hoping to someday be admitted to dental or medical school. Just days after beginning that term, I (we) discovered that a third child was on the way. (Somehow I still think that was intended as sabotage on her part... but I think that is a possibility with all three pregnancies.) And so, even though I finished that semester with a 4.00, I never attempted to reach for my goals again. Until now, that is.

In no uncertain terms, my life partner has been nothing but encouraging about this new pursuit. I had toyed with the idea of going to culinary school in Little Rock, and even though I know I would enjoy the subject matter immensely, I realize that the job security in that field is not as solid as I would like.

Upon being visited by our friend Jerry from El Dorado, Arkansas, I discovered that a degree program in his occupation, and one which I had been interest in as a much younger person was now being offered at the University of Arkansas campus in Hope. Prior to that program, one would have had to attend a school out of state with the closest being in Dallas.

The degree program is in Mortuary Science.


Speck said...

Several comments here.....

Congrats on being back in school! It's never too late! Woo Hoo!

Accounting - Poor dear, my deepest sympathies to you. Debits on the left, credits on the right. Need help? Email me.

B-Law - I was surprised at how interesting this class was. It helps to have it taught by a practicing lawyer instead of a business teacher.

Mortuary Science - I recently discovered this program in Hope too. If I lived closer I'd be in every class. I always wanted to be a mortician but the nay-sayers told me I was deeply disturbed. I never thought caring for the deceased or their survivors was morbid. (No pun intended.) Geez. I have friend who is a funeral director and I hang on his every word when he talks shop.

OK, I'm a geek.


that sounds so '6ft under"!!! but joking aside, this is serious business, giving dignity to the dead & comfort to the living. not to be taken lightly. i don't think it's only a business, but a vocation. wouldn't you agree?