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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Western Governors University. The opinions and text are all my own.

When I was growing up, there was never any doubt that I would be heading to college after my high school graduation. Neither of my parents had the opportunity to attend college, and therefore to them, it was extremely important that my brother and I get the chance to do the very thing they wished they could have done. I ended up attending Indiana University- it offered a great undergraduate business program, and it was located within driving distance from home (okay- a 7-hour drive, but still- I could get home when I needed to).

I definitely enjoyed those college years- not just the educational opportunities, but learning how to make decisions and live on my own. I remember feeling thrilled each semester when it became time to read the course listings and choose the classes for the next session. Each course description felt like an exciting opportunity, a new new world to explore. And looking back now, I wish that I had the chance to re-do some of those decisions. Like skipping Geology 101 (which I only took because the class had a reputation as being “Rocks for Jocks”- an easy A) which I hated and was a waste of my time. I wish that I had studied a foreign language in college. I wish I had taken more journalism classes.

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The Chance to Go Back

A good friend of mine decided that she wanted to head back into the workforce after taking a few years away from her career to be a stay-at-home Mom. But she realized that she didn’t want to go return to the same field… she wanted to become a teacher. And for her, that meant going back to college and getting a degree in education, while also working full-time in the field. Now- THAT’S a big decision! Going back to work and back to school at the same time! All while still being a Mom!

I give my friend huge credit, because fast-forward five years later, and she is a full-time ESL teacher at a school she loves and she feels as if she is making a real difference in kids lives. Going back to college was a life-changer for her.

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Have You Ever Thought About Going Back?

Sure we all daydream from time to time about the path we didn’t take…. but do you ever truly dream about having the chance to go back to school? There’s a way to do it- even while still running a household or working outside of the home. Have you heard about Western Governors University? In 1997, 19 US governors got together and decided that there should be away to give working adults access to a college education. WGU is an online nonprofit accredited university that offers bachelors and masters degrees in education, technology, healthcare, and business. Realizing that working adults already have achieved competency levels in coursework simply by working every day in the field, WGU allows students to “gain credit” for that real-life experience so that their time can be spent on what they really still need to learn.

And here’s the best part…. tuition at WGU runs about $6000/year, regardless of how many courses you take. The idea was to create a program that offers opportunity without loading on student loan debt! (Yes!) You can learn more about WGU here, or if you are ready to take the plunge- you can have your application fee waived with the code “Momof6″- just click on the link below:

Sharon Rowley WGU The Chance to Go Back

Imagine…. this could be you….

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Western Governors University. The opinions and text are all mine.

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