Yesterday, I was doing some freelance work which involved looking through a college search engine which is being developed. The search engine provides a simplified way for students to get information about applying for our state’s colleges for the first time. As I meandered through all of the college websites, I found myself thinking, “Dang! It would be so fun to go to college again!” Which got me to thinking about what I would have done differently. And then that train of thought headed down the ‘would you choose a different career?’ track.
Now don’t get me wrong. I was a special education teacher for almost 30 years, and I can honestly say it was my true passion. But have you ever asked yourself,
“What would I do for a career
if I could do it all over again?”
I worked my way through the college websites, looking at all the degree and program offerings, thinking, “Oh, that would be cool” or “I’d like to study that,” and even, “Oh, yuck! That doesn’t sound fun at all!” And then it hit me…There’s not a reason in the world that we retirees can’t study anything our hearts’ desire! It doesn’t have to be a commitment to an entire college degree program. I’m not planning on starting a new career anytime soon. What I discovered is that most colleges and universities offer a reduced per credit rate for seniors over 60. (It ticks me off that I’m not quite old enough! – Yep, I’m too young for college…who knew?!) Many postsecondary institutions have adult learning and ‘not for credit’ programs at a greatly reduced cost. And for that matter, there are lots of web-based learning opportunities out there that are totally cheap! A quick Google search brings up plenty of opportunities from campus based programs to YouTube! All that is required is curiosity and a little time! And we retirees have nothing if not time, right? So why not?
Is there anything that you have always wanted to learn how to do? Any topic that has always peaked your curiosity? Something that you’ve always wanted to try? There’s no time like the present. I’d love to hear your stories! Have you tried any adult learning options or are you planning to do so? Leave a comment, I’d love it if you’d share!
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