5 Things You Should Consider Before Going Back to School

I graduated with my first bachelor's degree in 2012, and I honestly thought that would be the last time I set foot in a college classroom. Little did I know, 3 measly years later I would be back for more. I'm currently pursuing a second bachelor's degree before applying to grad school.

I've had to make quite a few adjustments since going back to school. More than I expected. I figured I would be a doll and give y'all a little heads up about what to expect if you're considering going back to school for round 2.

1. Expect to make less and spend more.

Taking on a full class load forces you to spend a little less time working and a lot more time studying. It also requires that you spend your whole life savings on textbooks. Typically, the second time around, mommy and daddy aren't there to pick up your financial slack. So prepare to spend what little free time you actually have thinking of cheap/free activities that you can do to fill your time.

2. Expect to have at least one mental breakdown per week.

Curling up on the couch bawling like a baby and questioning your sanity is totally the norm if you decide to go back to school. Just be comforted by the fact that you're not the only one sobbing on your couch over statistics exams and physics labs. I mean what is school without having a breakdown or two?

3. Expect to be anti-social.

Honestly who wouldn't want to skip brunch to stay home and complete an anatomy lab report? 

4. Expect "the fun college stuff" to be a thing of the past.

This second go round I'm a "real" adult with "real" responsibilities. I have bills to pay, a house to keep in order, a husband/dogs to care for, a business to run, etc. That means that things like football games/tailgating, joining a sorority, and studying abroad just aren't going to be happening. 

5. Expect homework, grad school research, and shadowing to basically be your life.

You always have homework. And when you finish it all, you still have homework. Even on the day you don't have homework, you have homework. If you're trying to get into grad school there is never a day that you're not researching programs or seeking shadowing opportunities or agonizing over having to take the GRE multiple times. IT'S FINE, REALLY.

On a serious note: I am extremely thankful that I am able to be back in school. I know a lot of people don't have that opportunity!

xo, Jess



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  2. Girl, were are in almost the same exact boat! I'm planning to go back to school (got my B.S. in social work in '08) for speech pathology as well. I'm not earning a bachelor's first, but I am taking prereqs right now since I have no speech background. The stress of work, school, and applying for grad school is taking a serious toll, and I feel like I'm always on the verge of bursting into tears. I question my decision regularly. When I think about the stress and wonder if I've made a mistake, I try to remind myself that the time will pass anyway, and I might as well be doing something valuable that will pay off in the end. I'm single so it's the best time for it, but it's not fun to be the only one in my social circle dealing with this particular stress. I hate to complain because I'm grateful to have this chance, but it's definitely not a cake walk!

  3. "IT'S FINE, REALLY." I have to tell myself this ALL the time! Like you, I graduated with my B.S. in 2012 (Sports Management with a minor in Coaching) and have decided to go in a completely different direction. I'm now in school to get my masters in School Counseling. It's super exciting but I'm also a wife, a dog mom and the General Manager of an indoor trampoline park that is opening in a few months. AHHH! So that whole section on meltdowns on your couch - I TOTALLY get it! Just wanted to stop in and say you're not the only one and this journey will definitely be worth it in the end :) Have a great day!!

  4. You could not have summed it up any better!! These were my feelings, thoughts, and life during my tenure at grad school, and it confused me to term that as "college"... being that my undergrad college days were ALL play ;)

    Stick with it girl, and lean on your colleagues in your cohort! Those will be the people you reach out to for advice, jobs, networking, and so much more!!

    xo, Bev

  5. This is my exact life. I am planning on going back to a school this fall to get a bachelors in nursing and it's such an intimidating prospect to start over!


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