After sharing my life with sheep, goats, and llamas for 25 years, it’s been hard to find anything to write about that’s as challenging as farming. I’d always wanted to go back to school, but we can’t afford the $1400/credit graduate school tuition.
But then I learned that to encourage lifelong learning, MN residents who are 62+ may take classes at the U of MN for $10/credit.
What? $10/credit? That’s $30 for a 3 credit course! I feel guilty: Between 1970 and 2018, tuition has risen 2700%, and puts a terrible burden on young adults… But the guilt isn’t going to stop me from taking advantage of this program.
But what to study? Something new. Something relevant. Then I found it: the Masters of Professional Studies in Civic Engagement. Civics!—voting, volunteering, understanding government, working together to improve communities, strengthening democracy! Many of the classes are online; only a handful require that I drive to Minneapolis to attend class in-person.
I applied. I was accepted. I took my first class (Voting Participation and Outreach), got an -A. I’m taking two classes this summer, and am designing my own degree program. The coursework isn’t hard; it’s figuring out how to use all the technology that’s driving me crazy. 🙂
What will I do with a MPS in Civic Engagement? Acck! I don’t know! I’m trusting that the coursework will take me in a direction I can’t yet see.
Is it scary to start back to school the same month you become eligible for Medicare?
But if I can handle sheep and goats and steers and ducks, I’m hoping I can handle a few classes… We’ll see… 🙂