Waaaaay back in 2000, I was a young, naive dancer with hopes for the world. I was enrolled at Grant MacEwan in their 2-year dance program with plans to transfer to the University of Calgary’s Kinesiology degree after. _uacct = “UA-4888259-1″;urchinTracker();
Two weeks into the course, I withdrew. It was waaaaaaay too modern-dance for my small-town, low-self-esteem, 19-year-old ego to handle. I was terrified. I got a job at Chapters, taught dance in the evenings and went to the Edmonton School of Ballet. 2 years later, I reapplied to the Faculty of Science, got accepted, opened my own dance studio, declined my BSc and continued dancing at ESB.
Three years after that, I closed my studio and went to NAIT. I graduated from the Personal Fitness Trainer diploma program with Honours and was class valedictorian. I chose that route over a Bachelor of Physical Education because a) I didn’t want to spend 4 years in school and b) the NAIT programs was very focused and intense – no need for meaningless, well-rounded Arts options and the like (i.e., wasted tuition dollars).
Then I had my twins. And life became very family-focused. I finally had the chance to relaunch my career in the past year, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it. But it’s left me wanting more. I want that degree that I never got to when I started out in 2000. I want that BSc Kin because I crave anatomical and biomechanical knowledge like some kind of junkie.
I’m up late reading textbooks, for goodness’ sake!!
I need to go back to school. I already have a good dayhome. My fall teaching schedule would actually allow it, as long as I had someone else teach my Devon and Stony Plain classes… The only problem is money.
Ha. Isn’t money always the problem??
We’re looking at $10,000 a year for tuition/books/fees/etc., plus another $1200/m for day home, plus you know, the extra money I bring in for our lifestyle.
I surely don’t have that in my bank account. The last thing I want is a $60,000 loan after 4 years of hard work (3 years, if I studied through the summers…). We just got out of that kind of debt.
I guess I’m looking for answers. For someone to reach out and say, “Hey! Here’s a great idea/resource that will help you fund your education as a mature student without being indebted for the rest of your adult life.”
Any ideas on how to scratch this learning itch?