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Saturday, August 23, 2014

More BIG News!

Today's announcement is a little different than the ones I've made over the last couple of days with working with Cricut and FloraCraft.

But I'm going to tell you a little story first.

You may or may not know that after high school I attended BYU. I was there for 2 1/2 years, studying microbiology. Right around the time I turned 21, I decided to serve a church mission and then spent 18 months serving in Portugal (and Cape Verde.) Within a week of coming home I was back on the campus of BYU and within the next week (though I didn't know it at first) had met the guy I was going to marry.

As we became friends and then started dating over the next several months there was a decision to be made. He was graduating, and had a job already in California. I was going to have at least 9 months of school left still and it had always been a goal of mine to graduate college. I wasn't good at any sports or anything, so school was kind of my "thing." I couldn't just give it up! So I kept telling him I needed to stay and finish school. Eventually I realized that I was totally in love with him and didn't want him leaving without me, so we got married that summer and moved to California. I had everything in order to finish my last year at UC Irvine, but we had to wait a year for me to gain residency. We certainly didn't have $30,000 laying around to pay for one year of out-of-state tuition!

Before that year was up we knew it was time to start our family though. And the next month I was pregnant with Emily :) Over the next few years we added Meagan and Asher, and moved a couple of times, and now here we are, still as happy as can be. And I've still kind of had a goal to go back to school some day.

Well, some day has come! This summer I learned about the BYU-I Pathway program. It is a year long program that contains 6 classes (2 classes for each of 3 semesters) at the cost of just $65 a credit. When that year is done, I will be able to continue a BYU-I online program, still at the cheap tuition rate, making my degree so much cheaper than what I thought I would have to pay to go back to school!  Part of the issue that's held me back before is knowing that there's no way I could jump back in and finish just one year of microbiology. Besides the fact that I remember nearly nothing :) science is always changing, and that's a field of study and work that requires a lot of hands on learning. Always in the lab. And then you can't do that job from home. But all of this I can do online!

Of the available degrees I'm really leaning towards the Web Design and Development. Who knew I'd end up liking computer stuff, right? :) Anyway I'm looking at this year being pretty light, but then it could get pretty crazy for the two or three years after that. But with the kids all starting school this fall the timing just seemed right.

I've never regretted anything that "got in the way" of me finishing school. I wouldn't change a thing with the way my life has turned out! But it's definitely exciting that I have a way to finish now.

So there you have it--wish me luck!! (and if anyone wants to do a guest post for me sometime I'd love to have you!)

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  1. Lots of luck! You will love it. I took classes a year ago last spring (including microbiology) and LOVED it! Congrats!

  2. Awesome girl! What a sweet story and darling family! Hey, at 50, I'm thinking of continuing my education. :) Good luck wishes sent your way!

  3. So awesome, Stephanie. I am always going back for some kind of class that peaks my interest. Wishing you lots of luck!

  4. Yay! Congrats! That is awesome.

  5. I can't wait to guest post! :) Good luck!

  6. That's awesome!!!! I have heard that they have that here too. It's so great that you want to go back, my brain doesn't function like that anymore (I blame the kids :D).

  7. Good luck! So exciting that you get to go back to school. The major is perfect for a blogger!

  8. What an exciting time for you! Congratulations! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  9. What a great news, really! I wish all the best for your studies!

  10. Stephanie,
    Living a dream, you left behind because, a new handsome loving one came into the picture! Then your life turns into a rosie family,many moves and you find a way to finish school! I would love to guest post some time. Helping you complete a dream it would be my honor. Blogging became my dream after many twists and turns in life. My favorite part is sharing creativity with people who want to help you succeed. Congratulations to you and your family.
    Wishing you the best,
    Karen Marie
    Dragonfly & Lily Pads

  11. That's fantastic!! Best of luck. Enjoy the journey. :-)


  12. Congrats!! I think this is an awesome program. A few friends from my ward have done it and I think it is such a great opportunity. Best wishes.

  13. So awesome Steph, we'll be cheering you along every step of the way!

  14. Congratulations Steph! I think it is great that you are able to finish a lifetime goal of yours. My husband is looking into going back to school as well so I'm going to have to look into the Pathway program.
    P.S. I would LOVE to guest post sometime!