In January of 2016, I embarked on a journey that, at the time, I believed was 10 years too late. I started graduate school. After the first week, I kept thinking that 40 is too late to do this. Why bother? 30 was the age. Honestly, that still could be true to some people. But then again, so what? Soon after starting classes, my thoughts turned to trying to remember how to write essays which I was able to remember.
I don't think I would've been ready to handle graduate school at 30. I know the program wasn't available -Interactive Media - so I wouldn't even be able to take it. It was an online program. Everything was online. Yes, online schooling isn't new, but technology has made it much easier to effectively learn online, interact with students and professors and do it all while raising a family and working full-time.
So, at 40 years old I re-entered college life. When I first started, it was tough. Time management skills were dusted off, even though they've proved helpful with my writing projects. And after a few weeks of classes and assignments, I realized I could do this. No problem. Like riding a bike.
Yes, I'm the nerd who likes school. And now it's over. Degree obtained. Change in career path in motion. What will happen next? No idea! I assume nothing. Whatever comes next, I'm more prepared for it and confident about it, than I was 2 years ago. I tried, unsuccessfully, to continue writing stories while in school. I was able to complete one feature screenplay and a few shorts, even worked on the second Adam Parker book. But school came first. I made that commitment and I never liked not honoring it. So my future, while containing a massive job hunt, will also consist of more writing.
Adam Parker: Book 2. I'm looking at you.
If you're thinking about schooling or training or anything and you'e concerned about your age or your position in life, don't be. If you can do it, make it happen. Going to school and running yourself ragged at times is far better than sitting around talking about how you should go back to school. Trust me. Much better.