The first day of classes is finally here! Today is my first official day back in school pursuing training for my Encore Career in Biology/Ecology. I have been waiting for 6 months for this day to arrive.
It seems to me that I have been blogging a lot about this topic, but I cannot help myself. This is the most significant career step I have taken in the last 20 years and I cannot wait to get started. I haven't given up my previous career just yet, but it feels liberating to be working on a new path.
I made the decision nearly six months ago to finally take the leap back into school. I had thought about it for a while, but the time had come to make it happen. With my interest in birds and wildlife, Biology was the natural focus. I chose Boise State University due to its proximity to my house. I can walk or ride my bike! They appear to have a fairly strong program, especially in Ornithology. The acceptance process was quite easy as they have no testing requirements for seeking a second bachelors degree. I am officially enrolled in a degree program for a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology with an emphasis in Ecology. I will need 52 credit to graduate.
Since I have no official Biology background, the first year will involve getting some of the key requirements out of the way. The foundation of my first semester is General Biology 191 and Lab. I am also completing the communications requirement by enrolling in ENGL 202 Technical Communication.
The first official day of school is a bit anti-climactic. I won't actually travel to campus. My Biology class doesn't meet until Tuesday. My communications course is a web course so there are no classes to attend. In fact over the weekend I completed the assignments for the first two weeks of the communications class. It doesn't hurt to be ahead of the game. Tomorrow is the first big day with my Biology Lecture followed by the Biology Lab.
I traveled to campus last week to reserve a spot and a locker in the bike barn (indoor locked bike storage, way cool!). While filling out the paperwork the lady repeatedly referred to me as a faculty member. I had told her twice that I was a student. Probably won't be the last time. I appear to be older than my advisor as well. I do expect other non-traditional students in my Biology class as it was the only evening section. I will soon find out.