When I attended St. Louis University, I was part of their Adult Student Blogging team. I see that no one has posted since my last semester and comments have been turned off, so I assume (eventually) that blog will disappear.
This week, I am going to be sharing the posts that I made there, if you'd like to know how my adult journey back to school went.
Originally posted March 20th, 2010.
In the spring of 2008 my employer, Barnes-Jewish Hospital*,
announced a new program to help mid-career professionals further their
education. We were partnering with SLU’s School for Professional
studies, which brought SLU instructors to our campus one evening a week
for some intense, but short, general education classes. We could take
one class at a time, five classes per year, and slowly earn the credits
I couldn’t pass up such a great opportunity to go back to school. I
have been working in my current job since 2000, and while I love what I
do, I’d really like to be promoted and advance in my career at some
Of course, nothing ever goes quite as planned. Two weeks before my
first class was supposed to start, my husband and I found out we were
expecting our second child. Well, I thought about it, and informed him
that I was NOT going to be derailed this time. He really stepped up when
my typical first trimester exhaustion was
compounded by one really long day per week and homework, he even
learned to cook! Our older son helped me a lot, too, and even read books
to the baby while I rested.
My instructors definitely ran challenging courses, but they were
always willing to allow me to make up or reschedule work to accommodate
doctor appointments and time off.
Before my second son was born, my husband and I realized we wouldn’t
be able to afford the cost of quality infant care, so he officially
became a stay-at-home Dad. This move did necessitate a few sacrifices in
the family budget, but the convenience allowed me to increase my course
load after a year. I’m currently trying to take two classes at a time,
in the terms in which I can take one online class along with one
I’m currently taking my fourteenth class through SPS, and it looks like I should be able to complete my Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership and Technology at the end of 2011. Wish me luck.
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