by Julie, Soldier’s Wife, Crazy Life
After a few years as a military spouse, you might be asking yourself if you should go back to school. You might have started earlier in your life; you might never have had the chance to go. But now, you are starting to wonder if you should take advantage of the educational benefits you can use because you are a military spouse
1. Decide what you would want to study
The first thing you should figure out is what you want to study. What are you passionate about? What makes you happy? Figure this out as well as what you are good at. When you were in school before, what was easiest for you? Math? English? Use all of that to decide what you want to study if you did decide to go back to school.
2. Think about the time you have to work on your school work
You probably have a busy schedule but ask yourself if you could make it work. Think about your free time and see if you could change your schedule around. Can you give up television a few nights a week to study? Can you not go to something during the week so that you can work on your school work? Figure out what you can change and what you can handle giving up to make school work. Colorado Technical University makes it a little easier to work on your degree because of its online program. You can work around your schedule.
3. Ask yourself what you would do after you get your degree
You obviously will be getting your degree for a reason. Figure out what you want to do once you graduate. It is probably best to figure out your goal occupation and then go from there. You want to work towards a degree that will help you get the job that you want. Some of the most popular degree programs at CTU are the Associate in general Studies with a concentration in Military Studies, the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Homeland Security & Emergency Management, and the Masters of Business Administration.
4. Talk with your spouse about your plans
You don’t want to go forward without discussing things with your spouse. They might need to be there to help with the children and to support you in your educational goals. You want to be on the same page about what you are planning to do.
5. Talk to your friends about it
Good friends are great to bounce ideas off of. Some of them might even be in school too and might have some advice for you. It can be challenging to go back to school later on in life but it also can be worth it. You can also talk with the CTU team that is dedicated to providing support for military students and spouses.
After you have figured all of this out you should know if going back to school is right for you or if it is something that you might want to wait on.
Over a period of 6 months, Military One Click will feature Colorado Technical University, a post-secondary institution that provides career-oriented education at the Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate levels. CTU offers more than 100 educational programs virtually or in-person at their campuses at Colorado Springs and Denver (Aurora). CTU prides itself in offering flexible programs and being a military-friendly university for active duty, veterans, and military spouses.
Will CTU be on your list as you begin your college search? Stay tuned as Military One Click goes in depth and explores what makes Colorado Technical University a great choice for mobile military families.
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Julie is a mom of three boys, wife of 12 years, blogger, photographer & coffee drinking book lover. Californian living in Tennessee :). Julie loves to write about life as an Army wife, motherhood, special needs children, blogging, photography and many other topics. She can be found at Soldier’s Wife, Crazy Life.