June 02, 2005

SIGH

Amritas points to an article about "a Los Angeles school board proposal to require all high school students to take college prep courses." One paragraph caught my eye:

Campbell pointed out that some of the students excel in the school's culinary and performing arts classes. But because most of those classes don't qualify as college prep courses, she worries that students will miss out on those subjects.

I missed out on several things in my high school because I was taking college prep. I sure would have benefitted more from typing and computer classes than chemistry! We didn't have culinary classes, but I would've liked to take one.

Know what I do now that I'm an Army wife with two degrees? Cook and type.

I have a friend here on post who quit college when she decided to get married. While her husband was in Basic and AIT, she went to cosmetology school. She makes way more money cutting hair in her home than I did teaching college English. She has a skill that's marketable no matter where she moves, while I'm stuck because apparently I need a PhD to do what I want to do. It wouldn't even have to be in anything related to teaching college English; I just have to have the piece of paper that says I studied something.

So I'm a housewife who cooks and types instead.

I guess it suits me just fine though. If I had it to do all over again, I would've studied mechanical engineering like my dad. I always loved physics. But at least the way things are now, I'm not too bummed to be locked out of a job that only paid me $800 per month in a system that was extremely frustrating. Moreover, I don't necessarily think that Army wifeing and careers go hand in hand. My first loyalty is to the military and my second is to my own job prospects. Not surprisingly, being an out-of-work professor fits easily with our PCS rotation

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1 I can't help but smile at this entry I tease the husband, frequently, that I should just fly back home long enough to learn how to cut hair, and then move back here. You are right, it is much more marketable than the degrees and experience that either of us possess. I still love hearing back from potential employers that my "education and experience are impressive," but that there is "nothing available at this time." Ahh, well. One day, perhaps.

Posted by: Susan R at June 02, 2005 09:29 AM (wtjWR)

2 While I was at DLI learning Russian for the Nat'l Guard, my wife took the Army Family Team Building I course... and then the rest of the courses. And then the instructor course. And then the master instructor course. She's probably more employable than I am now, and it didn't cost her a dime (or require an 8 year commitment).

Posted by: Sig at June 02, 2005 07:07 PM (6CDne)

3 There's nothing stopping you from going back to school *grin* just couldn't resist! I originally went to school and became a nurse... the hours suck pond water and (I don't care what anyone says...) the pay ain't that great either. So, when I was 29 and my youngest entered kindergarten, I went back to school - it took me 5 years to do about 3 years worth of work, but I got my degree in Computer Science. It was well worth it. Now I'm considering going back for a Masters... although I need breaks, and it's been about 11 years since I got my CS degree, I really enjoy school and learning new stuff. So, think about it - might be worth your time and effort. And you'll have all the humanities stuff out of the way!

Posted by: Teresa at June 03, 2005 03:51 PM (nAfYo)

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