Returning to College Later
in Life: Following the Family Tradition
(Continued from 1)
The work I did was a wonderful look at my own thoughts
that I had no idea about because they had never been
tapped. The writing I did while I was in college, re-awakened
the desire to write.
I had been on the high school newspaper at Carter-Riverside
High School and had loved it. Writing had always come
easily to me. When we had term themes in high school,
everyone else hated the whole thing. I found the research
and documenting it in my paper to be fascinating.
My first writing assignment in English 101 had touched
that part of me all over again. Having a very creative
instructor helped me continue my writing outside of
class, as well as the writing I had to do for college.
Connecting with those who were educating me was very
comfortable for me because they were close to my own
When I reached my 40's I knew I wanted to have a different
type of education and signed up for a Bible college,
Emmaus Road Ministry School. The Bible came to life
for me there. I was always fascinated with it, but didn't
understand how to study it for myself. Whatever had
been shared from a pulpit or in a Sunday School class
was all I really knew prior to this. I had been in a
few Bible studies, but no one knew more than anyone
else, so learning to research the Bible had remained
beyond my reach.
I had many wonderful educators throughout Emmaus Road
and it was a spring board to several various ministry
outreaches for me. I write professionally today using
biblical principles as the basis for my line of children's
husband and I have a ministry for people who are feeling
hopeless. Writing Bible studies has become a wonderful
part of my life.
Seven years ago my middle daughter said, "I know
I didn't want to go to college when I graduated from
high school, but I would like to go now." She had
been a legal assistant for almost ten years at that
time. Many people surrounding her thought she was throwing
away a wonderful career.
I totally understood where she was coming from with
her idea about going to school in her late 20's. After
all, it has become a family tradition for us. She is
finishing up a pre-med degree today and is recently
married. It is my hope that she will find room for her
continuing education in her life. She has a brilliant
mind and would make a wonderful doctor. The fact that
she won't practice until she is about 40 will only give
her more life experiences to take with her into her
You see, it is never too late to step back into the
educational realm. The value is incomparable, both to
the student and those who enjoy being part of their
Deanna Luke enjoys helping others find the excellence
in their lives. She writes articles and books for publication
(available at BowBooks).
Deanna also takes part in community outreach classes at
her local Barnes and Noble.