From the Marylhurst website you can learn this about their unique history: "Marylhurst University was founded in 1893 by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. We are Oregon's oldest Catholic university, and were the first liberal arts college for women established in the Northwest.
Our founding Sisters believed in educating the whole person through a rigorous liberal arts curriculum. Their mission of serving underserved students continues to inspire us today, as we welcome men and women of all faiths and backgrounds ..."
I am so proud of that piece of paper, the degree I treasure so dearly. It was hard-fought and hard-won! I am eternally proud to be related to such an environment of past, present and future achievement.
The point of this trip down the proverbial memory lane? It's not an easy undertaking, re-entering the academic environment. You feel older, slower, less relevant, even self-indulgent. But if you have the impulse to do so, go back and get your degree. I promise you will not be sorry. Maybe there are a good number of us who do better letting some time pass before we commit to the discipline it takes to get a degree. In a school like Marylhurst, you can't shirk the work--you are seen and heard there, you can't phone it in, or merely show up without someone noticing.
I had to take three lower-level math classes in order to enter the class I needed for my math requirement. I had to save to pay for much of it, and I had to apply vigorously for aid and scholarships. Therefore I looked at every hour as an investment and only missed two classes my entire time (one was because my car broke down, the other was to attend another academic function). I left school without debt, but not everyone can manage this. I dedicated myself wholeheartedly to the endeavor and I am a far more vibrant person for the experience.
There are so many of these independent, liberal arts colleges--check them out. I'm of the opinion that you receive far more for your money from these types of schools, and many are hurting in this "new" economy. Expand your horizons from the standard business degree and recognize that the most important thing we get from an education is just that, An Education. There is no guaranteed relevant preparation for, or expansion into, a more lucrative landscape. There is only learning to think better, lead with more confidence, and engage in life and society with a sense of history, a certain amount of helpful information, and the secret of how to seek out what you need and how to convey it to others.