As many of you know, this has been quite a time of change and upheaval for me. Even though my wife and kids came back home a few nights ago, that whole thing is still up in the air. I'm working to hold things together, but who knows what'll happen there.
What I have decided to do, is to take charge and be productive in the areas of my life I CAN completely control. And one of those areas is going back to school.
I've always been frustrated with myself for only obtaining an AA degree. I knew I had the tools to become a damn doctor if I wanted to, I just lacked the drive and motivation. Hence, I've pissed away an IQ near 140 on menial (albeit good paying) jobs, and just getting by.
I'm going to change that. As many of you know, my kids; and possibly saving my marriage, are my two most important priorities. And at this point, with my wife being a school teacher, I feel the best way to do that is to follow her.
While I'm looking at the schedule as a primary motivation (evenings, weekends, and all summer with my kids), I feel like I have a lot to offer the system as well. I think I can teach our young people how to think instead of what to think; and I can pull from my mistakes to help guide our kids in the right direction.
What I'm interested in is how to go about getting started. I know I need to get an FAF form in now for the fall, and apply to the two universities I'm looking at. Also, for any of you who have gone back to school as adults; especially with children, what can I expect? Am I going to do more harm to my kids than it's worth being so busy in the short run? How did you still make time for your kids?
To make this thread a little more useful, I'd also like to encourage you guys to share your ideas for self-improvement in general -- your successes, your failures. You never know what's going to help someone else.
Blondie, if you get a chance, I'm especially interested in your opinion. The county my wife teaches in has a program where they'll pay 100% tuition and books to complete your degree if you work with kids with severe and profound disabilities. I worked as a teacher-aide a while back with a kid who had Down's and several behavioral problems and LOVED it. I just wonder if I have the skill and patience to manage a whole class of special-needs kids.
Thanks in advance for any advice/ideas. I hope this thread will be useful to others as well.