Most of us know the saying: “Life is what happens when we’re sitting around somewhere making plans.” The thing is, when you’re a Work-At-Home-Mom, sometimes there is so much “life” going on that your plans end up getting put on hold. Soon the weeks turn into months and the months turn into years.

Suddenly, you look up and realize that some of your personal dreams and aspirations have not been attained and you’re wondering if it’s too late to make them a reality—especially if one of those desires consists of going back to college.

First of all, it’s never too late to reach a goal. Sure, you might have to be a bit more focused and regimented, but you can do anything that you want to do. Besides, returning to school has many benefits. We have enclosed five of them; ones that will hopefully convince you to enroll next semester:

You can make more money. According to a report published in U.S. News and World Report a few years back, a college degree is worth about $300,000. By this they mean that you can make about $20,000 more annually than someone who only has a high school diploma. So, if want to make more money, a college degree can almost guarantee that you will.

You can network. Another saying that many of us are quite familiar with is that it’s not what you know, but who you know. A college education is a great way to get your foot in the door in any line of work, but knowing the right kinds of people in various fields is an incomparable kind of “work insurance policy”. From professors to administrators to other students who are also older and professional, in college, you can make the kind of lasting contacts that you simply wouldn’t be able to any other way.

You can learn more. Even outside of a college setting, we are learning something new every day. However, when you’re in an environment that is created for learning, you can thrive in ways unimaginable. The more you learn, the more powerful and confident you will feel.

You can set a good example for your children. Children don’t learn from words nearly as quickly as they do by example. If, for example, you are someone who has always wanted to get your masters degree in criminal justice, your child has heard you say this on numerous occasions, but you continue to put it off, what happens when the time comes for them to have a particular academic goal that they are either too scared or hesitant to reach? It’s one thing to say, “You can do it.” It’s another message entirely to convey, “Look at mom. I’m doing it, so you can too.” By having academic plans and following through, you are being a wonderful role model for your kids.

You can boost your self-esteem. Studies reflect that when we set goals and reach them, it automatically makes us feel better about ourselves. This is just one more reason why you should consider going back to school to be a highly beneficial thing to do. When you feel good about you, you are virtually unstoppable!

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