Going back to school has been one of the best decisions I've ever made. However, ever the pessimist, things sure aren't like they used to be. One thing that's different is my brain. My concentration has been destroyed by several things, not the least of which is the responsibility of five human beings and a small business enterprise.
Something else that's different is this online format. I really would prefer to attend classes with real professors and real students, but this online option is the only practical option for now. I miss holding books in my hands. The search functions are absolutely amazing, but I cannot seem to navigate these textbooks as efficiently as I can a real "live" book. I'll clarify. It's one textbook in particular, that in my opinion is poorly constructed and certainly NOT designed to teach anything. The American Psychological Association has an entire Publication Manual which stipulates how research is to be shared, including how to format the paper and cite and reference the materials used. THIS book is the one that's eating my lunch. It took me many hours to compose a "make-work" assignment following those dreaded guidelines. I cannot imagine what writing a real paper is going to be like. At least I have my "make-work" assignment to copy some of the formats from.
On a brighter note, I've been able to keep up with my deadlines and I'm enjoying the course material immensely. One thing is certain. I'll not be satisfied to stop at a Bachelor's degree. This is habit forming. I have some great friends who are in their seventies and eighties who continue to study and learn new things. One of htem earned her Master's Degree in her seventies. My HEROES!
Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore. I'll learn to live in this new academic world. After all, I'm the guy who seems to enjoy reinventing himself every seven or eight years or so.