I’m 36 and going back to school: I’m terrified and excited
Mike Reynolds, Communications Officer for the MacOdrum Library.
I’m 36 and I’m going back to school.
There’s a lot that’s happened since I graduated from Carleton University for the first time, some of these things big and many of these things small.
*Twinkly fade back to the past music with a shimmery screen for good effect*
I started my Carleton career in 1998, a year that is no close to becoming the year many of our incoming students were born in.
I remember the first go around bringing many great things to my life. I read Harry Potter for the first time in a Children’s Literature class, I read The Hobbit for the first time too, as part of a “pick a random book out of the library and read it” plan I put myself on in my first year. I learned how to do well on a long essay and I learned how to do poorly.
A lot of great things have happened since then too.
I’m married now. We have two kids. We have a house with eavestrough that’s still in fairly good shape. We have a cat. I write on my own website about being a parent and I’ve had the good fortune to have many of those pieces shared in places I never would have imagined my word being shared. I also have a job here at Carleton. So I’m now a student/alumnus/employee and it feels pretty decent.
As excited as I am to start up again, it’s hard to not think about being twice the age of many of my potential classmates. I’m not sure what to talk about considering so many of the topics I’m an expert on took place before many of them might have been born.
- The Trade (this means Wayne Gretzky)
- Today’s Special
- Hammer pants
- Garfield posters
- See through telephones
- Life Savers storybooks at Christmas
- Christmas sweaters looking average instead of ugly
- Choose your own adventure books
- My Holly Hobbie lampshade
My list goes on. It actually consumes most of the space in my brain to be honest. As I ready myself for re-entry into the classroom, I wonder if anyone is going to answer in the affirmative if I ask if they watched “Rad” or “Gleaming the Cube” last night.
During my first round at Carleton University, this is what my laptop looked liked (roughly, based on what Google suggests it looks like).
It also weighed 46 pounds (estimated) and didn’t work for anything beyond word processing (which had to be strategically done without the use of a few letter keys).
This is what my mobile telecommunications device looked like…
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Am I nervous for the big return? Maybe a little. But mostly because my slang processor hasn’t been updated since 1998 and I don’t know that I’ll understand more than 54 per cent of what the people around me are saying.
But I’m excited too. With two young kids running around my house every day, I realize now more than ever that learning really never does stop. I’ve been lucky enough to meet so many amazing young(er than me) student since coming back to Carleton and I’ve been amazed by the passion they have for their fields of study. I’m excited to find that passion again.
Maybe I’ll see you around. I’ll be the person in the back row with the grey hair.