So, I have posted in that past telling you about the crappy job market here in Southeast Michigan, and that my husband has been laid off since November of last year.
Well we have come up with a plan that will hopefully (God willing) give us a leg to stand on again and get us employed in a decent career.
We are going back to college to finish our degrees. I have an associate degree in business, but it is not getting me anywhere so I am going to fine-tune it to a bachelor degree in health administration (so I can get a job in a hospital, dr. office, etc) and my husband is getting his bachelor degree in education (so he can teach biology).
We will be moving to Big Rapids MI to attend Ferris State (where my son already is). We will be basically living off of student loans, grants, and part-time employment. The college offers nice all-inclusive townhouses to live at while you are attending classes, so that is where we will be residing for the next couple of years. They are not cheap, but is less than what we are paying now.
The question to all of you is, I am nuts to do this? My husband is 44 and I am 41, I just think we are too old to be doing this but we really do not have any other choice. Yes, my husband & I could attend a college closer to where we are currently living, but we can't live off of unemployment for the next two years; plus we really need to move from where we are (the neighborhood is going down the crapper). Big Rapids is a very nice small town, and I think we could be happy there ( or close by) after we get our degrees.
There are also many perks to attending classes and living in family housing, you get way more grant aid (money you do not have to pay back).
A good part of me says that we are doing the right thing, but a little part of me says we are crazy...what do you think?
I just thought I would be farther down the road by my age, I just did not see myself going back to college with my ten year old in tow. I thought I would have a house, a decent car; you know..the things that everyone else has. It just sucks being stuck.
Sorry its so long, but I had to get this off my chest. Thanks you so much my friends for listening to me...again