So the hard part? Spending all that money on myself. My tuition for community college ran about $900 per quarter plus books which were anywhere from $175 to $500 per quarter depending on the classes. We've been lucky enough to be able to pay as we go and last year I won a scholarship that paid for $1200 of tuition over the whole year which also helped immensely. However 4 year universities are much more expensive, even the state schools. So I will be meeting with a financial aid counselor to find out what I need to do to get a loan. We don't qualify for financial aid but these counselors are great about helping students figure out how to get their education paid for and I will be taking full advantage of their expertise. But I have been dragging my feet to make the appointment and trying to figure out what my problem is with the whole concept. It came to me last night...spending all that money on ME.
My brain is fully on board with the fact that this is money well spent. I will come out the other end of the education chute with a degree and job potential far and away better than what I entered it with. I can return to work full-time and my husband can scale back his construction business to have time for his passions instead of working so hard to be the sole support of our family. I want him to be able to relax and enjoy himself because he has spent so many years working his butt off for us.
But my emotions/heart/whatever...not so happy with spending that much money on me. Funny how I don't have any issue with the idea of paying for (or at least helping) with our kids college educations. My daughter wants to spend a year in Australia as an exchange student in high school and I'm all over that opportunity for her even though it will be expensive. The boys have dreams of acting and M.I.T. so a large portion of our earnings will go towards helping them make those dreams come true. Spending money on myself though? This much money? It's hard and I don't know why, especially since I know it is the absolutely best thing for our whole family. My husband is more than supportive, he encourages me at every turn and does the lions share of the housework and cooking when I am up to my eyeballs in mid-terms and finals and stressing out about school. The kids pitch in and we all do our homework together, they're learning about college from my example and even get to come to classes with me. So I have some work to do on my emotional/heart/whatever side...
I have to be selfish. I have to make this dream of mine, to become a high school history teacher who passes along a passion for history and the lessons we can learn from the past to her students, a reality. I have to focus on myself more than I am used to. I have to say no to a lot of the volunteering opportunities that I love to help with. I have to ask for more help from my family in caring for my kids and my Grandmother.
I have an appointment with the financial aid counselor on Wednesday.