Unexpected Decision…

The end of July, I spoke to 70 women at our church’s Women’s Day Retreat (you can read my message here). I have shared my testimony and devotionals many times before one-on-one or in small group settings. However, this was the first time speaking from a platform at an event. I have always had a desire to participate in Women’s Ministries and try to get involved where I can at whatever churches we have attended over the years. I also love writing on my blog (however sporadic it may be around my busy schedule) and hope that one day God will open the doors for me to publish a book.

Throughout the past 8 years or so, I have researched going back to college to do some sort of theology or religious program. I have a passion for Biblical research, debate, and knowledge. I have thought that having a professional studies and/or degree in the field will benefit my path towards whatever God may call me to do in the future (women’s ministry, speaking, writing, etc). I have never actually pursued going back to college because of lack of finances or how full I already keep my schedule.

Earlier this month, I once again started researching programs. I found an online Biblical Studies Associate’s Degree that I liked at Colorado Christian University. They also have a good military discount which extends to dependents. So… I decided to put in a request for more information. Five minutes later, I received a call from a CCU Enrollment Counselor. We discussed what I was interested in doing and he emailed me all of the relevant information. I went ahead and submitted an application and all of the required documentation. I had Delaware Technical & Community College send them an official transcript so that I could find out if any of my former 62 credits (for Nursing LPN) would transfer. I submitted a Financial Aid-FAFSA application just to see if I would qualify for financial assistance. I should mention that I did all of this spur of the moment… while my husband was out of town. I did mention it to him over the phone so he knew the conversation was coming. I made it very clear to the enrollment counselor that I had to speak to my husband and get his support before committing to actually taking classes.

By the next day, I received an email saying that my application to CCU was accepted. The day after that, I found out exactly how much financial aid I am eligible to receive. The following day, my husband returned home and I excitedly ambushed him we discussed all of the information that I had to show him. He agreed that I could register for classes with the stipulation that if we found out we couldn’t afford it (based on book fees and how many of my former credits would transfer) that I would drop the classes before penalty.

By the end of one week, I was registered for my first semester at CCU. I was able to find all of the books that I need way cheaper than I expected! I also found out that 24 of my former credits will transfer which is the equivalent of two semesters!!!

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As my girls enter their first week of school in 3rd and 5th grades, I will be preparing my mind and home for me diving into college again next week. I am as prepared as I can possibly be leading up to my first class next week. However, it is a bit intimidating to return to college at age 35 later in life (the last time I was in college was 2003). My immediate goal is to get my Associate’s Degree. Then, if finances allow, to continue to get my Bachelor’s Degree. I am posting all of this here for accountability… If you think about it, pray for my family and I as we start this new schedule. A few months from now, ask me how I am doing. Encourage me to keep my eye on the end goal! I am excited to start this journey!

Do you have a later in life college story to tell?

I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

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