I have attended community college but had pretty much given up my dream of University. Having a child just after your 18th birthday and then having another child 6 years later, and then having one turn into a difficult child, well let's just say I figured myself out of the game. This has been a emotional issue for me for many years. I feel like I'm wasting my intelligence, I'm giving up on myself, I'm putting everyone's needs ahead of my own. I could not (more like would not) put the financial cost of education as a priority for myself. I always had something I wanted to do for the kids, or something big to buy for the home, etc etc etc. Then add in the fear of what if I fail. Mind you I had a consistent 4.0 in college and I "KNOW" I can do it, but the mind, it plays tricks! Soooo .... today I did it after alot of thought and budgeting and hedging and giving myself chances to talk myself out of it. For financial reasons I have to start my first year as a part-time (half course load) student, but by next year I can enroll and afford it full time. It is a whopper, about $7000 per full time year for tuition and books, then there's transportation (I dont' have a car, but the bus does go to the Univ.) and any child care expenses for easy child. It is going to mean leaner times around here for 4 years. The kids are just simply going to have to adapt, and the payoff at the end is worth it financially for all of us as well as emotionally for me!!!! The great thing is that because I love learning and am a quick study, even though I am starting part time this year, I will be able to catch up the missed courses and still finish my degree as if I had started full time to begin with! So there ya have it, my uplifting soul fulfilling dream come true decision of the day. I'm so excited now that I've followed through and registered etc, I can hardly wait for summer to pass for that first day of the beginning of making something happen that I wished for 14 years ago!!! I am taking a BA(honors) degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. I then have the option of moving an hour and a half away to go for a masters degree or to go medical and go for a Clinic Psychology degree, or to stay here and do just one additional year and recieve my education degree so that I can teach at a high school level. So my options are open and I have a few years to decide where to go when I finish the Bachelors. I can't wait to be lugging around books and shushing the kids while I study!!! I am a lover of learning and it helps that this was the dream I've had since I was so young I can't remember not dreaming it. I have watched several members here go back to school and I've been overjoyed for them! To all of you, you have inspired me and made me see that despite all of your hurdles, you can do it, so hey! So can I!!! I nearly forgot to mention that I have also figured out how to manage all of this without taking out a single solitary student loan! So I will graduate debt free! That is definitly one perk of not doing this when I was younger! Can I get a little woop woop?!?!?!