Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Brain Drain: Online Education Does NOT Equal Easy

Many of you (ok - maybe only my imaginary friends) may have been wondering where I have been hiding lately.

Truth is, I haven't been hiding. I have been right in front of you this whole time. However, I have recently decided to go back to school to get my degree, and let me tell you, it is exhausting work.

As if I wasn't busy before. Now, not only do I still have all my wifely and motherly duties, and my nearly impossible deadline set to have my book Mother's Day to be published May 12, 2013. (Yes - I know - publishing a book called Mother's Day on Mother's Day. I couldn't resist!), I have added a "fast-paced, no hold backs" online course to my full plate.

clock, time, never enough timeI have often times heard many people describe online courses as easy. Being that this isn't the first time I have taken an online course, I already knew what I was getting into. But when you are actually doing it, you forget how much time is actually used up by the sheer amount of reading, researching, and writing you must do. In fact, online courses are actually harder because you need to be more accountable for your work, and even teaching yourself.

I know finishing my degree is the right thing to do. I only wish I would have started it sooner, so I didn't have to waste some of my valuable Veteran's Benefits that will expire before I get a chance to completely exhaust them. But in the end, I know finishing my schooling will be the right thing for me.

Getting back into the swing of things has been difficult. It is the first class I have taken in several years. I am not used to studying, I am not used to writing thesis statements, and I certainly not used to those exciting textbooks with 300 pages worth of material to memorize.

Brain drain, brain fart, tired brain
When your brain seems drained,
even those tasks that often seemed
simple become difficult, like writing
a blog post.
I have been falling behind in my blogging, I have been falling behind in my online networking, I have just fallen behind.

So, if you have been wondering where I've been lately, I am still around. But I have found between my book and schooling and family, most of my time has been sucked up. Not to mention, after all the mental tasks I have had to do lately, my brain is drained.

Even writing this blog post was difficult!

Just know, I will be back and I will be smarter. Ok - maybe just more sarcastic due to being tired. But hey - at least that means I've gotten something out of school.


  1. If I had to go to school, my blogging would be non-existent! It's hard!

  2. I think it's awesome that you're going back to school and doing your book, and everything else that you normally do. Well done!

  3. It IS hard. I can understand: I tried to go back for my master's while working full time, and still trying to do some art and taking time to be a wife. I just wasn't feeling it. So...I put it on hold indefinitely. Not that you should - in fact, it's so empowering to do what you're doing. Maybe I'll go back at some point, too...but I gotz to admit...I am LOVING the blogging/writing/art/photography stuff. :)

  4. yes, it is hard. I wish you luck, Stacy!
    You can do it. Will be right here waiting up for you at the finish line...yeah!!

  5. It will be so worth it in the end, keep at it - we'll all still be here when you're done!

  6. There will be days where you will be a second away from quitting. Don't. It's always even harder when you have a family and other obligations. But, you'll be so much better off when you get that little piece of paper that says "I did it!"

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