Hey there! Join me while I blog about my midlife grad school experience. Maybe you’ve decided to earn a masters degree? A PhD? In midlife!
That means we’ll have some twisted challenges, but I bet we’re up to smashing any obstacles we face. Most of my higher education was accomplished as a non-traditional student. You know the kind: single mom or dad decides to quit job and go to college full-time so she isn’t going for the next ten years. Well, I made that decision back in 1997. I earned a B.S. in Biology from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, OK in 2000. Yes, it nearly killed both me and my daughter, a middle schooler the time. We survived. Barely. It was hard. It was really hard. There were many challenges and even more heartbreaks. Going to college the non-traditional way is not for the weak. It is for the tenacious. It is for those with grit.
So. Here I am again. Graduate school. Yep, I contemplated this for many years, but that was as far as it went; contemplation. Now I’ve acted. I jumped in under the ‘special student’ status in the fall of 2010. LOL, not because I’m ‘special’, but more because I was really dragging my heels on taking the GRE. Anyway, I’ve done those 9 credit hours under the special student status, and am no longer considered ‘special’. I gritted my teeth and took the GRE. Yah! It’s over and I’m in. They accepted me to the program. Oklahoma State University M.S. in Environmental Science with a focus on Watershed Management. Ha! I still plan to tweak my focus toward streams and wetlands. I’m heading toward being a professional wetland scientist.
I’m in my first class as a fully accepted and non-special grad student. Stream Assessment. I’m 53, but what the hey. I decided to do this, and now I’m doing it.
Follow me if you want to go through this with me. I’ll blog about the ups and downs of grad school, classes, streams, watersheds, wetlands, tests, nerves and my last nerve, working full-time in the natural resources field as a stream monitorer and watershed worker bee, and keeping up the GPA. Follow me if you are a non-traditional student. It’s hard. I know.
Next week we’ll be out and about in Flatrock Creek doing some stream assessments…….after a quiz on fish identification and macroinvertebrate identification. We’ll be getting wet next Saturday as we should be collecting benthic macroinvertebrates. LOL, I do this on my real job, so this will be fun. I promise to be back with pictures.