One of my biggest regrets is not going back to school to get my bachelor’s degree. I had good intentions of getting it, trust me. After I got my associate’s degree, I moved with my hubby (who was my fiance at the time) to Lansing so he could pursue his degree at Michigan State. I got a job at the front desk of a hotel and for financial reasons wasn’t able to go to school immediately. After six months at the hotel, I was offered a management position. I accepted the position and never went back to school. I guess in some ways it was a blessing in disguise, if I had gone back to school at that time, I would have continued pursuing a degree in social work. I now realize that social work is not my passion and I probably would have been unhappy in that career path.
Lately I have been spending a lot of time thinking about returning to school to get my bachelor’s degree. Partly because of the blog entry I posted about my New Year’s Resolutions (getting my degree is on my bucket list) and partly because it’s always been in the back of my mind. I am considering returning to school in the Fall of next year via an online university to finally take care of the unfinished business. To be honest, it is all a little overwhelming. My life is already pretty full now as you can see from one of my Saturday Sound Off entries, but even more overwhelming is the research I have been doing on options for earning a degree online. There a plethora of colleges and universities that offer online learning. However, most of them I have never heard of. I am uncomfortable with earning a degree from an obscure college that prospective employers wouldn’t immediately recognize as legitimate. It is unfortunate that I am not able to attend a traditional brick and mortar school, but having a full-time job in addition to being a mom and a wife doesn’t allow me to attend classes. I need to have the flexibility of accomplishing my coursework at a time that is convenient for me, while still earning a degree from a respectable institution.
Please feel free to post any comments if you have any experience or insight with earning a degree online. I am hoping to get my bachelor’s degree in business adminstration with an emphasis in human resources so I can head up the human resources department of a large hotel chain someday.