Back to SchoolThose of you who have been following me for a little while know I finished my MBA two years ago.  I just found out that I was accepted into Clemson University for another graduate program.  This time, it is a Masters in Engineering.  No, I’m not a professional student – I still work full time.  This program, coupled with my MBA is very closely related to what I do at work every day… and what I hope to do in the future. 

It’s a three and a half year program, so I’ll be in my early forties by the time I graduate.  Plus, by the time I’m done, I will have had over 11 years of college.  Those two facts are a little unsettling.  I guess I could have been a surgeon by now… but that’s not what I want.  I enjoy engineering and business, so this makes sense for me.  Plus I love structured education and learning.

The purpose of this post is twofold – I start school this May and will have quite a few demands on my time.  Because of that, most of my postings will be very succinct.  Secondly, I encourage you to look at your educational options.  If you work for a large employer (like me) you could get a degree for free!  If your employer does not reimburse tuition or if you don’t even have an employer, it’s never a bad idea to invest in yourself and get more educated.  If you’re a retiree, take a look at the offerings of a local community college.  You’ll be surprised at what’s available.  If you think time is an issue, try this:  keep track of the amount of time you spend watching TV or surfing the web each week.  Most of you could literally earn a degree in the time you currently spend watching TV.

…and for the record, I don’t think I will ever become a Clemson Tiger fan.  My blood runs orange, but it is a different orange.