When you are sixty-five years old, going back to school is both formidable and frightening—but an exciting prospect, nevertheless. I have enrolled in graduate studies throughboth on-campus research and online study at the University of Alberta, working toward a master’s degree in Communications and Technology. After two years, I can choose to continue in doctoral research.
I spent two years searching for suitable graduate studies in Canada that I could complete while continuing my journey as an artist. I hope to make an acceptable scholarly contribution alongside a growing body of artwork—and hopefully encourage others along the way. For that is the primary objective of my life, by the grace of God.
I love my refreshingly motivating group of fellow students and great instructors. Learning is one of the best ways to grow old.
My advice for those who, like me, are returning to school later in life?
- Get excited.
- Erase “old” from your vocabulary.
- Check out all your options for on-campus and online distance learning.
- Be honest with yourself. Opt for the excitement of learning, not just the letters behind your name.
- Have faith in God, who delights in His children who choose to use what He’s given them abundantly.