Tired of it already

One of the aspects of higher education that has haunted me since I first set foot in a college classroom in 1992 is the fact that getting a degree takes so long. Granted, I have not helped myself by changing my mind so many times about what I want to be degreed in, and my previous career choices have not helped my cause, but underneath all of those other considerations is the fact getting a degree is not an undertaking easily done by someone with a short attention span.

Winter quarter 2010 represents my 12th consecutive quarter in the classroom since I went back to school in the winter of ’07. Since then, I have earned three associate’s degrees, but the process has taken its toll on my willingness to continue.

Of course, part of the problem may be that I’m near the end of a whole bunch of different things at the same time. At the end of spring quarter, I will finish my fourth associate’s degree along with my time at Sinclair. On the other hand, just a few months after I finish, I have the prospect of continuing my education at Wright State staring me in the face.

So, the question remains: how do I build up the stamina to make it through what is more than likely at least three more years of school including this one? Answering that question will be the defining event of my college experience.


2 Responses to “Tired of it already”

  1. djhitz says:

    I know. I’m tired of it for ya. Why don’t you just pick the degree you are closest to in finished cirriculum and get that bachelor’s. Or just follow in my footsteps and get a mediocre, full time job and convince yourself this is as good as it gets for now and reap the benefits. I’m a former, undegreed journalism student. My present job is as far from the keyboard as you can get but I still write, everyday. I was inspired to write this to you, now! Whatever happened to you becoming a chemical enngineer?

  2. dlhitzeman says:

    Yeah, I’ve had a habit of changing my mind a lot over the years, mostly because I’m interested in so many different things. It’s mostly an academic interest, though, and once I realize that I don’t really plan to do anything with what I’m learning, I’m off to the next thing. That’s what happened to chemistry. Oddly, the thing I move on to after chemistry was philosophy, and I spent a great year studying logic with one of the best professors I’ve ever had.

    Writing is a different thing, though. It’s not about degrees but about writing. I’ll be writing whatever else I might be doing.

    And, I do have a full-time job: farming.

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