Throughout the process, my "advanced" age has been a constant, nagging problem. There's no getting around the fact that once I start, I'll be more than a few years older than my average classmate, and that has posed several vexing questions that, I'll have to admit, have occasionally kept me up at night. The minor concerns have regarded fitting in socially and whether or not I can still "do" school. Mostly, though, I have worried about how my age will affect my job prospects; will I just be too old for anyone to want to hire me?
As I've moved along, researching, sending out applications, weighing my options, I have come across a number of individuals who have offered advice, guidance, the wisdom of their own experience, and, above all, reassurance that my age will likely not be a detriment, and actually might work in my favor. It has been tremendously comforting to know for sure that I'm not the only one with these concerns, or who has walked this particular road, and I am grateful to all those who have listened and advised.
To that end, I hope this blog can eventually turn into something useful for people who were in my shoes about 18 months ago, are in my shoes now, or will be in the shoes I'll soon be wearing once classes start. Although I've always enjoyed writing, I've never really gotten into blogging because...well, because I didn't feel like I had anything particularly interesting to say, and it just seemed a little self-indulgent for my tastes.
Now, maybe, I will have something to say that may be useful for others. I'll for sure try, at least.