My Husband is Going Back to School

For the last couple years, my husband has been thinking about going back to school. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati 12 years ago with an Associate degree in Architectural Design. Since then he’s had a nice career. First working with a custom home builder, and now with an architectural firm. His resume includes a long list of fine experiences and skills, but in order to advance any more in his career, he needs that higher degree.

So, last week he did it. He went back to school.

For now, he’s continuing to work full time while taking classes part time. It’s going to take about four to five years to earn his Bachelor’s. And who knows how much longer to get his Master’s? But, for now, we’re just taking it one quarter at a time.

Of course he’s getting home much later, which is taking some adjustment. A couple nights a week we can eat dinner as a family. But, on other nights I save him a plate because it’s too late. He has little time with the kids before it’s their bedtime, and then he hits the homework. (He must have picked a doozey of a class because I think he’s had more homework in his first week then I did in a whole quarter in college!) It’s going to be a long road, that’s for sure.

Since I work mostly from home, I have the flexibility to do the heavy-lifting when it comes to making sure we have food on the table, getting the kids to practices, etc. However, I have considered the thought of changing my work situation. Maybe I should find a full-time gig so he can work part time while going to school? Who knows, we’ll see what happens.

Another adjustment? The money. His part-time tuition costs more than it did 12 years ago when he was going full time. We paid for his first quarter using a home equity line of credit. However, we need to consider getting a student loan. Taking on more debt makes me nervous, and the crashing economy doesn’t make it any better. If the job market keeps spiraling downward, who knows where we’ll be five years from now? I just hope his higher degree pays off in the end.

7 thoughts on “My Husband is Going Back to School

  1. Wishing you lots of luck and patience and fortitude. I’ve had a husband in school, and it can be a challenge, but for him it paid off. The only thing you can do sometimes is leap and trust that there will be a net to catch you. It’s great that he’s seizing this opportunity…

  2. Offering It Up says:

    Good luck! We’re 2 years into a 3 yr part time MBA program. I wont say it’s easy, but anything is do able when there’s an end in sight. My husband is gone 2 nights a week and has weekends where he has to hit the books, while I take care of the kids. I quit my fulltime job to freelance, for the flexibility, but it meant taking out student loans. All we can is hope that this was all worth it. Again, good luck!

  3. That is a HUGE change for your whole family. I admire you both for taking on the challenge! Good luck.

  4. That is great to hear Jerry is going back to school. He is so talented and creative so it’s good to hear he is continuing his education! Good luck. It is tough when they are in school in the evenings because it puts a lot more on your plate. When Brent went back to school and was gone 2 to 3 evenings a week, those days seemed really long but it paid off in the end. It’s definately worth it.

  5. Daniel E. Nash says:

    Wishing your husband good luck! I am really glad to know that you also work for your family which best thesis writing service reviews help them to get quality task. I think this is the best part that you are supporting your husband and he will do great one day.

  6. Tobi Schutz says:

    I wish your husband’s degree paid off earlier than in five years! During this pandemic everything became unpredicted and there’s no certainty in anything anymore.. As for the studies, the tuition costs have skyrocketed, while the quality deteriorated. Education is much affected and the question remains what will the educational system be in the future, something must be done. As a computer engineering student I lack basic programming skills required in my profession. Most of new topics must be learned at home and there’s no one to explain it. As a result, when I say that I often search someone to do programming homework for money from AssignmentCore, it comes as no surprise to anyone. The world have changed significantly over the last two years, while not all the spheres of life have accommodated to it yet. We are to pay the price.

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