You heard me. I’ve been in school since 1985, and I’m good and ready to be done. The longer I’m in school, the more I’m convinced that I’m going to stop after my MBA.
Last night I sat in lecture for 5 hours. The two topics were master production scheduling, and ARIMA model building. Both topics are highly interesting to me. However, it’s hard to be interested in anything when you’ve already worked all day.
I always wanted to be a full time college student, but I could never figure out how to pay for it. I’m not poor enough for a grant, not smart enough for a scholarship, and not foolish enough to take out a huge student loan. There were times I worked full time and took a full (fool) load of classes. By working lots of hours, I was able to afford to “pay as I went” but I ended up totally burnt out. It took me a year to get semi-back to normal after my Bachelor’s degree.
I originally planned to graduate with my MBA in May 2007, but last Fall I got very sick, and ended up having to drop my classes 3/4 of the way into the semester. I knew it would push me back all the way to December of 2007 for graduation, and that just sucked. It’s the difference between just over 6 months, and 15 months. Quite a big difference.
So, as I thumbed through the course schedule for 2007, I realized that all of the classes I still need are available at times I can take them. I have 12 hours left of my MBA after this semester… just four more classes.
12 hours is considered a “full load” for graduate students, in other words… “this is how many classes you take if you DON’T work.” And yes, I’m considering taking all 12 hours AND working full time. The prospect of finishing in May is too good to resist.
I’ve long believed I could do ANYTHING for 1 semester. I learned the hard way that it isn’t necessarily true. On the other hand, this schedule would be far less intense than my last 3 semesters of my undergraduate degree… and those were consecutive… no breaks.
So now I’m working on appealing to the admissions office at the college to get re-accepted into the out-of-state student scholarship I used to be in, which gave me 150% of in-state tuition. And no, that’s not much of a favor considering I live less than 10 minutes from the state line. And the fact that 150% of in-state tuition is still nearly $500.00 per credit hour. (x12 – yikes)
If they put me back into that scholarship, I’m going to do it. I’m ready to be done with school once and for all. Stick a fork in me.
So, keep your fingers crossed for me that everything goes through, and that I get the class schedule I need.