One of my biggest regrets in life was not completing my education toward a Bachelor’s degree. I did get an Associate’s degree at my local community college right after high school but with no clear direction or interest in any career option, I joined the workforce. What I didn’t realize was that getting that degree in any area would have opened doors for better career choices, opportunity for advancement, and higher salary. I eventually went back to school when my son started college. I was scared to death and told my advisor I was already setting myself up to fail because I just wasn’t sure I could do it. She assured me most nontraditional students actually do better because they appreciate learning so much more. Several years later (I went part-time while continuing to work) I walked across the stage at Tennessee Tech University with a degree in Sociology, magna cum laude. It was one of the proudest days of my life. I loved learning, interacting with the other students, and finally gained the self-respect I was lacking. It was worth every minute of all the hard work and I encourage anyone who is thinking about it to take that first step. It’s the hardest. Everything beyond that is just plain rewarding.