The Life of a Graduate School Dropout

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…

0 Replies to “The Life of a Graduate School Dropout”

  1. Hey man, nothing to be ashamed of. Other than living a Christian example, Husband and Daddy is one job that we are given and can never retire or change careers. Good choice on putting your priorities in the right order. Putting your wife and children first is one choice you will never regret.

    God Bless,

    Jack

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