Jessica - posted on 08/10/2011 ( 10 moms have responded )
I have always been a "late bloomer" and now at 29 and a mother to a 15 month old living on the priarie in middle america, I now want to obtain a higher education. After graduating from high school and only finishing 1 year of college I decided at that time school was not for me. That was 8 years ago, hence the late bloomer. But now after having my son I realize how important it is to educate yourself. And there really is so much I want to learn about and I can't stop reading! I want to be self-sufficent and travel but first you have to make money! Desk jobs that I've had in the past are not going to do anymore! I am done with those! I love the arts and would love to study art history but I've been told nothing i the art industry will make you 'real' money. I have a true interest in animals and want to study animal behaviour. The two people who are supposed to be closest to me are saying college is not necessary, "just read books" they say. Mind you they both do not have a degree. But everyone else in the world is saying go to school!! It's an accomplishment and that shows for something!! Plus learning from a teaher has benefits that learning outside a classroom does not, right? But being a stay at home mom who has a very frugal husband who does not believe in school or more debt. Which makes living my dream seem impossible, and my independence further out of reach. My husband is not a modern man. He wants to live on the prairie forever farming and ranching. I do not. I've considered being a single mom and working and going to school and living my dream even though that would be really hard. But I dont know if Im ready for all of that.
I hope my son will take education seriously. I dont want him or I to be out on the priaire for the rest of our lives. Please, This is NOT a 'pity me' post, I just want to hear from all of you moms who have gone to school and had no support. How did you do it? Was it worth it, all the time spent away from family and debt? Or can one just read books related to the subject and learn just as much and go out in the world and prosper?