Going back to school.

@mamasan34 (6521)
United States
November 7, 2007 6:56am CST
I have decided to go back to college. Several reasons have compelled me to do so. My husband is having a very difficult time in the Army right now. He broke his hip last year and has been having trouble running now. He also has a bad ankle from an injury several years ago. So, he has failed two physical training tests so far and he is unable to re-enlist or go to the board for promotion until he can pass the tests at 80% according to the 82nd Airborne regulations, which of course are much more stringent than the United States Army regulations. He is very depressed and angry with himself right now because he couldn't pass it. I just care that he did his best and that is all that matters to me. My husband was very down last night and feeling sorry for himself (that's another discussion within itself!). Anyhow, I realized that we need a PLAN B! So, we were both discussing getting degrees so we can at least have a fall back plan if things fall through with his career in the Army. My good friend turned me on to an online university that she attends and the classes are relatively inexpensive considering the other online colleges. I am looking into a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology. It has always interested me in how the mind works and why people think the way they do. So, I think I am going to go for it! Well, wish me luck!
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23 responses
@magica (3710)
• Bulgaria
7 Nov 07
Good luck, a very good choice. It`s never too late to learn something new and to enlarge your education, then more if you choose a good speciality like this one.
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@mamasan34 (6521)
• United States
7 Nov 07
Thanks for the good luck wishes! I am very happy about my decision. I am looking forward to getting started!
@aaidjs (1149)
• Croatia (Hrvatska)
7 Nov 07
Hello dear,that is very good for you and I wish you all the best!We all need to learn all our life!!The school and good education is always a good choice!!I want to tell you some words about your husband!!I know that i am from other country but I married for"ARMY" more than 30 years and all army's have the same standards!!I understand that he have problems with physical training test!!To bring him in the best form try mediterranean food with lot of olive oil and fish!!You have to understand him,he is army men and he need to be good on his physical tests. Try to help him!!He can do it!!I wish all the best for bout of you!! Warm Regards Silvana
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@mamasan34 (6521)
• United States
8 Nov 07
Thanks alot! I believe that learning something new is great. I wish I could be of more help to him right now but he is in Iraq right now and all I can do is give him words of support. So, I do the best I can with that. We have talked today and he is feeling much better and has found his motivation again. So, he said he is just dusting himself off and keep going. So, I know he will do just fine. I just worry about him too much I suppose! Thanks Silvana!
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@aaidjs (1149)
• Croatia (Hrvatska)
8 Nov 07
Hi Dear!!We have our soldiers in Iraq ,too.I spoke with one of them and you have to know that it is very hard and stressful life there!I have a lot of questions without answer about situation in Iraq!!The only think that I know for sure is that a lot young soldiers from all over the world put there liefs in great dangers for democracy and peace from one side and on the other side you have Iraq peoples who don't like internationals troupe at all!!We only can be strong and believe in A God wisdom!!Warm Regards Silvana
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@mamasan34 (6521)
• United States
8 Nov 07
I agree Silvana. It is very hard for those soldiers over there right now, they are away from family, friends and not home during the holidays which is depressing as well for both family and soldiers. You know what I am speaking of and I am glad to have your support!
21 Nov 07
Wow, good luck with that! I am sorry to hear about your husband but it is very wise of you to go through with learning! Psychology sounds very interesting, good luck!
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@mamasan34 (6521)
• United States
21 Nov 07
Thanks citrus! I too feel this is the right decision. I am very excited about it! I just started my first class and I am doing good so far! Happy Holidays!
@izathewzia (5141)
• Philippines
21 Nov 07
I am a Psychology graduate. And I must say it is really interesting. Hope you enjoy your course and be able to help you in reaching for your goals. And for your husband, do encourage him to hold on, becauee if the door closes there are still windows open.
@mamasan34 (6521)
• United States
21 Nov 07
Thanks for the words of encouragement. I think that I am going to really enjoy the experience. I am very excited to be starting college! I keep telling my husband to hang in there and just keep his chin up things will happen for us regardless. Thanks for the response!
@pastorkayte (2255)
• United States
21 Nov 07
Go for it, and let me know how it is going. I am taking yet another degree in Seminary and it is online, so I am always glad to see others succeed
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@mamasan34 (6521)
• United States
21 Nov 07
Thanks pastorkayte! I am very happy to see that I am on my way to furthering my education. That is great that you are also! Happy Holidays!
• China
21 Nov 07
hello mamasan.. I hope everything goes well with your husband and you. As you said , I think life is become a little difficult to you. But I am so happy that you never get upset and you try a new beginnning. I believe that you and your husband will get better and better. Just do it ^_^
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@mamasan34 (6521)
• United States
21 Nov 07
All we can do in this life is try! I have already started my first course and so far so good! My husband is also considering going to school as well. I think God has a plan for us and we will just leave it to him. Thanks for responding!
@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
20 Nov 07
Good luck on going back to school and getting a degree. If you go into s field that you love, it is much better than having to go to work at a store or a restaurant while your husband is on disability. I was wondering whether the army will pay for your course and for your husband's retraining? It sounds like it might be that he would be good at a desk job.
@mamasan34 (6521)
• United States
21 Nov 07
He is doing better he says. He is going to try again in the next couple of weeks and hopefully we won't have to worry so much. The army won't pay for me, but the army will pay for my husbands education, so that is a plus for him. It will save us money in the long run.
• China
20 Nov 07
i am so sorry to hear that about your husband . i think he will be ok soon ,don't worry! with your love and careless ,he will feel happy and he would think all the things just gone by at ease. yes,maybe going back to school for a degree is the best choice for you both ,and i think you will succeed. come on and go for it !!! good luck to you both!!
@mamasan34 (6521)
• United States
21 Nov 07
Thanks kittypinky! I think this is the best decision that I can make as well. I can't go wrong with furthering my education. Thanks for responding.
• India
19 Nov 07
Hi mamasan, good luck to you and your husband.i think your family going through a difficult situation.all things i could understood from your discussions.this is my opinion that,these days try to rely on more.he can do miracles and only he can do. Again good luck to you. May god bless you. Happy myLoting:-)
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@mamasan34 (6521)
• United States
20 Nov 07
thanks ajesh. I do pray to God and rely on him for peace in my life. Giving these problems to him, is very helpful for me. Thanks for your response!
• India
14 Nov 07
Age is no barrier to learn and even for working., and therefore what you have decided is correct, and my wishes for your to succeed in your effort. And BTW, dont loose the hope, as your husband will pass the fitness test soon and will get the promotion. Take care :)
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@mamasan34 (6521)
• United States
17 Nov 07
Oh thanks so much for your words of encouragement! I think that everything will work out for the best. I am very excited to be starting my new course next week! It's very exciting for me.
• Pakistan
12 Nov 07
Time is like as water flowing in a ravine which dose not turn back. Time of your school age has gone. It dose not come back. So you should not waste it to think about your past. Build your future on your present. Troubles of the present are challenges for you to build your future on them. You can change your luck with struggle. seek a part time job and also start your studies. Be a brave women. As the fortune favors barave. You are interested in psychology so you should treat your depressed husband with kindness and according to the subject you like. God may bless your home. World is like an examination for all. wish you best of luck. School, age, time
@mamasan34 (6521)
• United States
12 Nov 07
Thanks for the words of encouragement. It is very wise.
@wisedragon (2330)
• Philippines
8 Nov 07
university - getting a degree is a great idea
I think that's a great idea. Learning should never stop. Personally I am also fascinated with psychology. It helps you understand yourself and other people better. I wish you the best of luck.
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@mamasan34 (6521)
• United States
8 Nov 07
I agree that this is a good idea and that you should never stop learning. I think the mind is a fascinating subject and how it works. Such mysteries! So, I am very anxious to get started! Thanks for the encouragement!
• China
8 Nov 07
good luck to you,life is not always smooth,sometimes you lucky, sometimes you sorrowful,listen to your heart and do anything you dreaming .
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@mamasan34 (6521)
• United States
8 Nov 07
Thank you so much! I really appreciate those words. There is a delicate balance in life isn't there? Sorrow and happiness on opposing ends. I have made it my lifes goal to fulfill my dream of finishing college. I know I can do it!
@vsraovsr (734)
• India
8 Nov 07
I wish you all the best. Its very good decision you have taken.Even I am planning to do some course which is related to my profesion.After doing my post graduation and working 13 long years iam feeling routine and want to go back to college.
@mamasan34 (6521)
• United States
8 Nov 07
Yes I completely understand that you are looking forward to it for the challenge to your mind. I too feel this way. I had some college and would like to finish my degree so I can get a better paying job. Thanks
• Romania
8 Nov 07
Good Luck, very good choice. I`m at school now. It`s nice. All day with my friends and girls.The life at school is very nice , if you know how to make it.Sorry For my English,because i`m from Romania, and i dont know very good english. :) My Advice is : STAY AT SCHOOL !!!!!
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@mamasan34 (6521)
• United States
8 Nov 07
It is ok about your English, it is actually very good. My husband has some friends from Romania he met in Afghanistan. They still keep in touch and I think your country is quite beautiful! Thanks for the encouraging words and advice.
@rouwel23 (1353)
• Philippines
8 Nov 07
well going back to school is a good idea too.
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@mamasan34 (6521)
• United States
8 Nov 07
Yes, it sure is! Thanks for responding!
@airlines (44)
• United States
8 Nov 07
I would also go back to college to gaet a higher degree I am planning to go to college and its very hard work study and study for examines. Do u ever get pop quiz i hate that happens when i am not even ready or know about up coming test.
@mamasan34 (6521)
• United States
8 Nov 07
Yes I hate pop quizzes! I hope that we don't have too many of those! I hope you go to college soon and yes, it is very hard work to study on your work and on exams. I am looking forward to it though! It will be a challenge!
@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
8 Nov 07
Good luck with your schooling Mamasan. Give your husband my regards too, I hope he gets better and over his situation. Take care the both of you.
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@mamasan34 (6521)
• United States
8 Nov 07
Thanks! He is feeling much better emotionally today. It was just a big blow to his pride that his body isn't what it used to be and he can't do what he is accustomed to doing because of his injury. I worry about him and I keep on him about taking care of himself better. Thanks!
@Ann2407 (306)
• China
8 Nov 07
I think it is a good choice.Knowledge is so useful to us.I graduated from the college last year ,now I have worked for more than one year,and I alway want to have a further course,may be someday I will do so.Good luck to you!
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@mamasan34 (6521)
• United States
8 Nov 07
Well, I wish you all the best in your future educational endeavors. It never hurts to keep learning! Thanks for the support and response!
• Australia
7 Nov 07
Good for you going back to University! I just went back early this year and I can definitely say it was worth it!
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@mamasan34 (6521)
• United States
8 Nov 07
Oh, good for you too! Thanks for the support. I think that it is definitely worth the effort!