Monday, October 3, 2011

Going to college...at 52 years old...

I didn't graduate from college...
I had to work full time when I was 18 and I lived in an apartment, and tried to take a full load of credits...
flash to the future (now)...
I have to work full time (the vintage business is our livelihood...)
I live in a house (not paid for...)
and I am taking 13 credits...

so...
why?
I keep getting asked...
"why"

last spring as my son applied for school...I thought that I might want to go back...
I would love to be bilingual...
so I applied for financial aid...
I called Portland State University and they told me once a PSU student...always a PSU student...
so that was not an obstacle...
but money was...


Imagine my surprise when i was given a grant...

and then I realized...
no excuses...

I need to try it...
at least try it...




so this semester...
Tuesdays and Thursdays...
I start at 9:30 am (sustainability) ...and my last class ends at 6:30 (Spanish)...

I am by far the oldest in my classes...
I have had more homework than I ever dreamed possible (and that was just the first week)...
and I am conducting an estate sale this weekend...and setting up this week...
re-did Stars booth yesterday...
and a 1000 word essay due Thursday...
along with algebra homework...
Spanish homework...
oh yeah, and a quiz in Spanish on Thursday...

I feel like that little engine...
I think I can...I think I can...

thank you for all the good wishes...
and the encouragement...
I'll keep you posted...

4 comments:

Ed said...

I know you can, I know you can...! I'll be thinking positive thoughts for you all week and hope to get to your estate sale this weekend.

Janice

Andy's Attic said...

You can do it, Melanie. This is just a new chapter. I 'm anxious to hear about the estate sale, too.
Annette

Vintage Station said...

Good luck! What an adventure this will be...see ya at the sale?

Indigo said...

What a wonderful thing to do! You are embarking on another chapter in your life and I think it is Grand!
Good luck and have an enormously wonderful time while you are at it!