How old is too old to get "a start"?
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|Sun, 11-02-2003 - 9:26am|
First, some history: when I was 20, I was a junior in a music ed program with a very difficult prof who hated my guts. There was no way to get through this program without appeasing his appetites. It was so difficult, I had my first nervous breakdown that got me diagnosed bipolar. Well, he eventually kicked me out of the program, and I graduated from college with a fairly worthless music history degree. In the years that followed, I lived with my illness, and had an unskilled customer service job that I lost after two years because of too many hospitalizations. Well, then I went to grad school- in conducting instead of music ed, still not sure why exactly other than I love interpreting great works of music. When I finished there, I got a teaching job with emergency certification that turned out to be a big mistake. The principal did everything he could to destroy me after it got out that I had a mental illness.
Enough bellyaching. Now, for the issue:
I am now going back to school for teacher certification, but I am 31 years old. That's 10 years older than most people are when they get such certification. Just how guilty should I feel that I didn't do this sooner?