I am at a fork in the road with my life right now. I have been taking college classes, largely at the urging of my husband, for three years now. I have worked since graduating from high school and after skipping college for five years, it stopped seeming important. I worked my way up in telecommunications, first as a telemarketer all the way to a high-paying job with Regions Bank. I never really saw myself being unable to find work, so what did a degree matter?
Along with thousands of others I received notice that my job was being “relocated” in 2007. I have not have a long term job since then, other than being a wife, mother and homemaker. That was the decision my husband and I made—for me to stay home—but even so, he became even more insistent that I get a college education. What if something happened to him, he reasoned. How would I take care of myself and the kids?
Eventually, I enrolled in school, mainly to shut him up. However, over time I have found myself enjoying the challenge. Even though it adds more to my already busy days, I like thinking that one day—in the very distant future—I will hold a college diploma. I have been taking core courses, such as English, History and Math, but as those are running out I am beginning to really think about the future.
Currently, I am listed as a General Business Major. I have always done our household budgeting and taken care of our finances. I rather enjoy working with numbers that represent money (all others confuse me! A+W=?!?!?) so it seemed like a natural choice. However, as I get closer to taking the courses that will be in my major, I have been thinking hard. I have no idea what to do with a business degree. I suppose I could get a job just about anywhere. But the subject that has always excited me is Psychology. I really, really get enthusiastic about it. And if I changed my major, I would look at being a counselor, which I feel is something that could really help others, which also excites me. I want to have a job that means something, you know?
It might seem like the choice is simple, but it’s not. If I change majors, a lot of the courses I have taken are null and void, so to speak. I prolong how long it will take to graduate—which is already pretty far off, especially if we have any more children in the future. And I will have to go back for a Master’s degree. If I want to get a degree to ensure my children’s future in the event of my spouse’s untimely demise, I am not so sure this is the right track. But if I want a job that is fulfilling…anyway, it’s something I’m mulling over. I’ve always believed in really thinking things through before making a big change. I’ll update you if I ever figure it out for myself! Thanks for reading!