By Julie Provost
College: The perfect opportunity to better yourself, learn something new, and set yourself up for a more secure future. Why should you go? Here are 9 reasons milspouses go to college (even if they haven’t been to school in a long time).
1. Because you have never been before
If you have never been to college before, now is your chance. Going to college is a wonderful thing, no matter what you study. You will learn more about the world, yourself, and your field of study.
2. Because you started but didn’t finish
Some started college but quit for any number of reasons. Maybe your spouse was stationed somewhere else and you went with them. Maybe you dropped out because you had to work. You might have gotten pregnant and decided you would finish later on. Even if you have been out of school for years, it’s never too late to go back.
3. Because you want a job that requires a degree
Certain careers do require a degree. If that is true for the field you want to go into, you will have no choice but to go to college to move forward with your plans.
4. Because you want to learn what college will teach you
Every class you take will help you learn more about the world and what you’re interested in. You will learn from your professors, other students, and even those you talk to about your classes. If you have the drive to learn, do yourself a favor and go to college.
5. Because your kids have started school and you want something for you
Your youngest child started kindergarten, what’s next for you? You always told yourself you would do something when you hit this stage of your life. . . but now you don’t know what. Go to college to find out.
6. Because you can do so for a low cost
As a military spouse, you have educational benefits. If you are married to an active duty service member (E1-E5, W1-W2, or O-1-O2), you can qualify for MyCAA. You would receive $4,000 over two years to complete your education by pursuing a license, certification, or associate’s degree in a portable career field. If you can’t use MyCAA, your service member can transfer their Post 9/11 GI Bill to you. In some cases, you might be able to use the Yellow Ribbon Program, too.
7. Because you want to be promoted
In some jobs, you will need more education to get promoted. In this instance, going to school part-time can be a good idea. You can still keep your job while you work on what you need to do to get to the next level.
8. Because your spouse is deployed
If your spouse is deployed and you are looking for something to do, college is a solid choice. If you are younger, some of your friends might be in college, and there isn’t any reason why you can’t be, too. Even if you are stationed overseas, you can still work on your degree through an online school.
9. Because you are bored at home and want to better yourself
If you find yourself bored at home, college can be an antidote. Taking just a couple of classes can allow you to focus on yourself, better your education, and work towards a goal.
Julie Provost is an associate editor at Military One Click and a National Guard spouse. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.