Why did I even do this? That's a good question. I think part of it was my late Mom. While I've noted many times in the past that my mother could be a difficult human being, she did truly value education. While not a college graduate herself, she was never the less encouraging of her kids getting an education, and I know that she was secretly very proud when two of us earned college degrees. Over the years I had mentioned to my mother that I thought about going back to school, and her response was always "well then just do it" (or something similar, all be it coupled with a taking of the Lord's name in vain, as an added form of punctuation). While she passed away before I started school, I know she would be proud of my having gone back.
Another reason to do it was simply that I enjoy a challenge, even when I know it will be a royal pain in the posterior. It's almost as if I can see the "suck" coming at me, and I never the less have to stand there and meet it head on. It's far less about an actual and formal education and far more about validating to myself that I'm actually capable of doing it. Call that one vanity, or maybe even better so, a kind of searching for simply being worthy ("Well I must be pretty okay if I can get through this"), but mostly call it the truth.
A final reason? Well, at the risk of sounding hokey, I just enjoy learning. Of all the things that I am, one thing that I absolutely know to be true is the fact that I simply enjoy learning new things. Not just things that make me a better person, father, employee, etc., but things simply for the
What made it an easier decision was the fact that my (former) employer offered a generous educational benefit, although it's worth noting that, when all is said and done, I will have paid for about 40% of the degree on my own. That's an easy one to get down about, but hey, they paid for more than half of it, and while I'm not there anymore (I'm a "retiree"), I get to keep the graduate credits they paid for never the less. Good deal if you ask me.