Back to School (Isn’t Just for Kids)

43411735_sI love this time of year when students are preparing for a new school year. It’s an exciting time filled with anticipation, discovery and learning, and school shopping to pick out new school clothes and supplies.

Since the age of five years old, I can only account for two years that I was not in school as a student or teaching on a college campus. Education has played a significant role in my life both as a student and as an educator.

Over the past year, it has been an exciting adventure to step out of the traditional classroom setting to launch Admin to Admin and A Great Day’s Work, accept speaking engagements and writing assignments, conduct onsite trainings, and serve as a subject matter expert in the way of consulting and coaching. As much as I enjoy working with employers, associations, and administrative professionals, I do miss working with students throughout the academic year.

What is your career goal? Will enrolling in an educational program help you to achieve your goal? My students over the years have ranged in age from 16 to 70 years old. I don’t believe we are ever too old to learn. If you are sitting on the fence and wondering whether or not to go back to school, I would encourage you to review the educational programs offered, consider the financial commitment, assess your personal commitment, and create a support system to help you be successful in your academic goals. If you need that extra push to help you sign on the dotted line, connect with me on social media or send me an email. I would be happy to be your virtual supporter especially in moments when you want to give up. Push through the exhaustion and hard work. You can do this!

The sacrifice and commitment while enrolled as a college student can be over-whelming at times. Being a successful student requires sacrifice, organization, time management, discipline, self-motivation, and hard work. As a college student, I watched little television, stayed up late to meet deadlines, gave up hours of time each week to read and complete homework assignments, sacrificed time with family and friends, and didn’t have a lot of “extra” financial resources after paying for tuition and books. I knew the long-term benefits, however, would out way the short-term sacrifices. I chose to feed my mind while staying focused on my career goal. Leonardo da Vinci once wrote: “Learning is the only thing the mind never exhausts, never fears, and never regrets.”