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The time is ripe to go back to school

I met with Elaine Houston and much to my disappointment Oprah Winfrey has not yet called.  Nor has Ellen DeGeneres.  I keep checking the dial tone on my phone to make sure it hasn’t malfunctioned.

Why aren’t they calling?  😉

I really don’t know what is next to be honest.  I am glad to have found a passion, even if it was so late in my life.  I want to be an advocate for the adult learner.  As the over thirty crowd find themselves back at school we will all start to witness what has already started to occur – the average age of a “traditional student” will become older.  The age demographic will be much more blended.  Our nation is depressed.  The number of Americans who are still without work are alarmingly high. 

It is scary for people without degrees.  Corporate America has a prejudice against them.  As a former HR professional for a global company – I know it firsthand.  Adults without college degrees know how to survive.  These are the individuals doing the real work, the hard work and never get compensated nearly enough for it.  These are the people that can budget, raise a family on a shoestring and juggle a checkbook that may often be balanced with red ink.  Yes, they are scrappy.   They know how to survive, but rarely can thrive.  I know.  Personally.

Now it is time to develop a movement.  To get every person who is unhappy with their job, sick of being mistreated by their bosses, sitting at home unemployed or just simply bored to go back to school.  That is what my book is about.  My book is only the beginning.  The beginning of awareness, what comes next is the creation of national organization that supports adult learning, and a change in the way the colleges recruit and support adult students.  

This is a movement that is about to happen whether or not you and I are a part of it. Adults are flocking back to school regardless of their age to improve their lives and the lives of their families.  There are many more to come.  Wouldn’t it be exciting to be part of it? 

You may know someone who wants to go back to school.  I see them everywhere – the Clinique counter, the grocery store, the unemployment training office and in the faces of my family and friends.  You may be that person. 

I want to help each of these people. 

So, Oprah and Ellen haven’t called yet.  And I am just kidding you in my delusion that they ever will. We can use social media to our advantage though and spread the word.  If you are thinking of going back to school or know someone who is – then read my sample chapters. 


Pass it to someone who is considering going to college.  Give me some HONEST feedback.  I want to get it just right so I can really help people.


Filed under adult education, No Adult Left Behind

Elaine Houston!

Once Rebecca sent out five PR releases to promote my book on my behalf, she warned me that this will likely not be fruitful, but it was a great start.  I was hardly prepared to receive an e-mail from Rebecca just four days later indicating that Elaine Houston would like to speak to me on Memorial Day via telephone to interview me about my book.

Elaine Houston is our local news anchor at WNYT.  I watch her every evening that I watch the news.  She is about as real to me as Oprah Winfrey – someone you love and watch with great dedication but you never really dream you will be able to meet her.

I read the e-mail from Rebecca, and I read it again.  I sat dumbfounded at the screen of my computer as if I have forgotten how to comprehend the English language, because it is just not sinking in.   So I read the e-mail out loud.  That helped. 

I bolted out of my chair and ran through the house like a screaming banshee – “Elaine Houston, wants to interview me, Elaine Houston wants to interview me!”  My six year old son gets so excited and joins in by yelling jumping and running through the house as well.  Understandably, my husband has no idea what is going on.  Neither did my son, but he was just excited for the license to act like a dork since Mommy was doing it.  What a sight.

I settle down, and then call Rebecca so we can be excited together.  She makes sure that I understand though – that this is no guarantee.  This is just a telephone interview and does not equate to a television spot.

So now the pressure is on… I must sound halfway intelligent which is so hard to do when you are nervous. 

Despite a stuttering start on my part, it went well.  So well in fact, that Elaine Houston asked if she could come to my home with a camera crew to interview me on camera!

When I called Rebecca that night – she threw caution to the wind.  She finally gave me the permission to be excited. 

Boy oh boy, I sure was.


Filed under adult education, No Adult Left Behind