I grew up in a poor family. No doubt there were families a bit less advantaged then we were, but we were poor. My father always had a job, and except for the time my mom when to nursing school, she too always had a job. But we, my brother and I and later my sister too, didn't have the advantages as some of the "wealthier" families. We always wore hand me down clothes and shoes. Our furniture, cars or what ever was second hand.
My folks struggled to get by even though both of them worked. They had lots of bills to pay (most were my medical bills) and I knew that college just wasn't gonna happen for me right out of high school. A few years after high school, when my first husband was pretty much settled in a really good job (or so I thought) I did apply for college. I was actually accepted. But when the now X saw that it was going to cost him more than he was willing to part with, he nixed the whole thing. If I couldn't get the grants or scholarships, I wasn't going.
So here it is 30 years after my graduation from high school and 20 years after 2 semesters of vo-thech for a general office certificate, I'm taken my first steps. Today I met with the registrar of Penn State Beaver. I have my classes set for the fall. As ambitious as I'd like to be, I'm not totally insane. At my age and the fact that I haven't been to school in 20 years, I decided that part time for at least the first semester. Now usually this means just two classes. However, since I haven't been to school in 20 years I decided to take basic review courses in math and English. Why? Because I want good grades. I do not want to jump into intermediate algebra or a composition course and end up with a C, D or worse fail out. These two classes do count against my GPA but will not count towards my degree. After talking to my husband, however, we both agree that it is still the best way to go. I did elect to take an history course as well. This class, American Civilization up to 1877, will count toward my degree. I have to wait a bit because the books are not available yet, but I should be able to get them soon, possibly even from Amazon or B&N for less than the University Books store. Something I will check into. I also received my student ID today .. .Yeah it's very official!!
My official student ID ....I'm a Nittany Lion!!