In about a week and a half, I begin a new chapter in my life. I’m going back to school. I have no idea why it has taking me twenty years to do something like this. Part of it was just coming to grips with the fact that, at this point in my life, I’m not really seeking a new career. Well, yes – I am! But I am not really hoping to achieve that by attaining another degree. I finally realized I enjoy learning and God has given me a capacity to learn, and it’s time to follow my heart in that respect.
I have always gotten stuck though in the search for an education path because I am resistant to the idea of starting completely over (none of my previous stuff transferred – don’t ask). English 101 and basic math are just not how I want to spend my time or my money. It seems that once I let go of the end result (that coveted degree which maybe had even become an idol for me), I was able to see that I could enjoy learning for learning’s sake.
Mostly my interests lie in the area of literature and Biblical knowledge, things I wasn’t ever really able to access during my college years. I don’t know where I got the idea but one day it seemed like “seminary” just kept popping into my Internet searches – actually I think it was the Google sidebar where they throw suggestions at you! I started looking into diplomas and certificate options. And after some discussion with and suggestions by my pastor, I decided to take some classes at Trinity School for Ministry, which best fit my criteria. Yes, seminary. For now I am just auditing an online class on church history but I may apply to one of their certificate programs down the road. I think it will be a good challenge and I’m looking forward to it.
So like I said, a new chapter begins. And with it, many many chapters of reading! I am already feeling a little intimated just by reading the profiles of the others in the class but there’s no turning back now!