After graduating from college almost eight years ago, and thinking that I would never actually bite the bullet and go back to school, I've done it. It has in fact been something that I've looked into on three other occasions. The school I'm referring to is the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), where, through their distance education program, I hope to obtain my Graduate Gemologist certificate this year. I had thought about actually studying on their campus in Carlsbad, CA, but after much consideration, decided to get the education online for a couple of reasons. First, I am able to keep my job. Second, it's about $12,000 less if I do it online. Third, one of my coworkers has gone through the program and will be an excellent resource to me. Fourth, when I decide to do something, I want to start NOW.
So I have. On Wednesday, I applied and enrolled in the first of five classes, Colored Stone Essentials, and have already completed the first lesson! As I near completion of this class, I will enroll in the next, and continue in that manner until I have completed all five. Near the end of the coursework, I will go to the nearest campus to complete the lab portion of the degree. That will take me away from work, and Missoula for three weeks.
I am looking forward to learning much more about the diamonds and gems that I work with everyday, meeting new people, and opening more doors.