Recently, I travelled with my wife to her weekend intensive college course. She is doing the work to earn a Master’s in Library Science. I, and our daughter, went along for the ride, partly because it was our 26th wedding anniversary, partly because there was a party for her classmates the next day, and partly because we wanted to check out the mighty metropolis of Emporia, Kansas. Believe me, you need to be RESTED when you hit Emporia, because it is ‘full speed ahead’ and a ‘no off-button’ kind of place.
But seriously, the town does have a lot of charm and innocence. I’m sure there’s a gritty part of Emporia, but we didn’t see it. Maybe we’d have to drive around some more to really dig into the darker layers of that little prairie town.
I KNOW that I don’t have the focus or attention span to spend 6 semesters working on a master’s degree. I’m doubtful that I even am interested in anything enough to find an area of concentration. Everything I can think of seems to involve a lot of MATH, which I have sworn off of permanently. Ever since high school, where letters took on a huge role in algebra, geometry, and algebra 2 (why isn’t it ALL algebra???), I was hopelessly lost. Matter of fact, in college, I tried to major in chemistry – because I DO love that periodic table – but couldn’t do the math involved in any of it.
My point: citizens of this country (which includes my wife, Angie) who voluntarily return to student status to earn a higher level degree in ANY field are mentally tougher than I. No amount of cajoling – financial, mental, or physical- could drive me back into the halls of learning to pursue greater knowledge.
There may come a day when I am ready to face the task of dedicated, focused learning about a topic that fascinates me – but that day is not today.
Bravo to all of you who challenge the dragon of college! May your fortunes increase and your resolve never waver.