Rarely do I get to listen to any songs that are about anything other than bananas or shaking your sillies out, but I recently heard a snippet of a country song where the phrase "Got my discount knowledge at the junior college" has forever been imprinted on my brain.
Just over a year ago, Ben convinced me to sign up for a graphic design class at our local college. I am now addicted. It turns out that discount knowledge is AMAZING. I can literally learn about anything I want to without going in the hole for over a $100,000 like my four-year degree set me back.
Don't get me wrong, I am thankful for my more expensive traditional college experience. It was at Taylor that I learned about the true joys of Super Wal-Mart, soft ice cream, and three-days-a-week chapels. It's also where I learned about heartbreak, exegesis and how important it is to have one really, really great friend.
But those three-and-a-half years were crammed full of requirements for my majors - I didn't have time to take a psychology class just because, and I didn't have the pre-requisites to take Genetics with my roommate so that I, too, could spend a semester breeding fruit flies.
Now that I'm a proud student of one of the very few fully accredited junior colleges in the country, the world is at my fingertips. With a one-page admissions form and a relatively small check, I can learn how to do almost anything. So far, it's just graphic arts, but I'm contemplating Drawing and Photography. And, just yesterday, I saw they have a crime lab - that would be SO FUN!
So, pretty much, one evening a week, for the rest of my life, you can find me taking a break from the dinner and bedtime routine to immerse myself in learning a skill that just might come in handy some day. You never know when a stay-at-home mom might be called on to analyze a crime scene!