Something I never thought I would do
by, 04-04-2013 at 12:00 AM (900 Views)
To me, blogging is much like keeping a diary, only everyone in the world, including future employers, can read it -- if they know how to search by your name. In some respects, my name is as common as the other 10,000 culinary arts students in the United States, but one never really knows.
As an "older" student (sometimes I can identify with 'mature'), it's truly an uphill struggle. You would think that the older you get, the easier college gets -- but it doesn't work that way. There are new challenges that you have to face when you return to school at an "advanced age". As an example -- most of your instructors (who would be called Greenhorns back in the day) are your children's ages, and like your children, they don't listen to you either.
Many college instructors expect their students, regardless of age, to have the stamina of a teenager -- that doesn't work too well either. We are older, slower, wiser, and more experienced than most of our instructors; worst of all, we PAY for this abuse through our ever rising tuition and books.
Speaking of books... holy smokes! Books are EXPENSIVE. I paid well over $1200 for 5 books for this semester alone...and when it's time to sell them back at the end of the semester, I will be lucky if I can recoup 1/4 of what I paid. It should be a sin or at the very least, a criminal offense! The alternative, so I have been told, is to get all my books on Kindle...but I am older... my eyesight is shot...my glasses need glasses, and until they make a kindle the size of a 27" computer monitor, I just don't see myself investing in that disappointing trip. That my friends, is called foreseeability ... I already can imagine what it would be like to sit with my nose pasted to a tiny screen trying to finger through to the next screen to read technical manuals -- it doesn't paint a pretty picture does it?
I have a lot of rants about school ... it's a challenge ... but it's something that I must do to reinvent myself. Stick with me, you can go to school vicariously through my blog posts -- it doesn't get any easier than that does it?