As many of you know I have recently started work on my Master’s Degree through Liberty University. I obtained my Bachelor’s Degree there, so it was the natural choice when I decided to pursue my graduate degree. The plan was to obtain a Master of Arts in Religion with a Specialization in Pastoral Counseling, and then finish up with a Master in Divinity in Chaplaincy. The plan was to work as hard as possible to get it done as quickly as possible. I recently started my semester with a load of 12 hours (9 hours is considered full-time in the graduate level). It took very little time for me to realize that this was simply not going to happen as I had planned.
The plan was a good plan, but there was a couple of problems with it. The main problem is that there are only 24 hours in a day, and only so many things that can be accomplished in these 24 hours. I knew going into it that my time would be short, and that it would be a lot of work to get everything done properly. You might not know me personally, but I am a little busy normally. I have four little boys, ranging from three months to six years old. I work full-time for the Fire Department, I’m the Chaplain for the Fire Department, and I have a small Lawn Maintenance Company.
It only took a couple of weeks for me to realize that there was no way that I was going to be able to devote the appropriate amount of time and energy to my coursework without some major changes. I would have to sacrifice large amounts of time with my family, something that I am simply not willing to do. Therefore, I am now a grad school dropout. It just isn’t the right time for me. I don’t think there is anything wrong with gaining advanced education, in fact I think it’s an honorable thing to do. I think that part of why it wasn’t the right time for me was because I was chasing this degree for selfish and prideful reasons. While it would certainly assist in my work with the Chaplain program in the FD, there is a certain part of me that desired this out of pride. I didn’t take the time to think through all the repercussions before starting classes. I think I will finish it at some point, just not now.
School was keeping me from doing work I needed to do with the Chaplaincy ministry, so now I’m a dropout.
School was keeping me from doing service I wanted to do at our Church (Crossroads Church of Walton County), so now I’m a dropout.
Ultimately, school was keeping me from doing things I needed to do with my family, so now I’m a dropout.
“Grad School Dropout”- It’s a label I think I can live with…