Oh Lord, I am thirty years old with no career. I work ten hour days, making the Wisconsin standard pay for tipped employees; a whopping $2.33/ hour. And to top it off, I have to smile and kiss customer ass in an effort to make an extra buck off patrons who are more-than-likely too poor to be eating out in the first place! Just like a lot of people in my position, I long for a career. However, in our country’s current economic state, it’s not always that easy. By the end of my shift, my brain is as sore as my feet, as I try to plot my escape from my double-knotted apron. I need a change… I need to escape! I need help. Let’s be honest, I need to go back to school.
If you are reading this article, you are most likely in the same boat I was 2 years ago. Don’t fear; it’s not as scary as it seems. The fact that you are online makes the process even easier, as a lot of schools offer online applications, admission, registration and classes. Being that I am an adult in the Milwaukee area, a used a search engine to locate “adult college courses.” This in-turn gave me a list of technical schools and universities which I could chose from based on my needs. For me, location, flexibility (due to my job), and class duration were key elements in my decision making. I ended up choosing a university which offered night and online courses which lasted seven weeks at a time.
Okay, we have narrowed the list, and chose a school that fits our needs. What next? Next, we need to apply. To apply, you can visit your school of choice, or use the phone to make an appointment with a counselor. The school counselor will help you through the application process and registering for courses during a scheduled campus visit. Your other option is to use the school’s online admissions process.
Online admissions, in my experience, has been the way to go. Start by clicking on the title prompt labeled “Prospective Students.” From there, you, as the “perspective student,” will be connected with options for applying, picking a major (if need be), registering and even options for financial aid and scholarship opportunities.
And while you may be scratching your head wondering if school is really the way you want to go, think of it this way: You can go to school … again, and try to remedy the situation you are in, or you can stay where you are at and still be miserable. Either way, you will only have yourself to blame. Go to school; you can do it!! I believe in you!