Fall Back into Class. Spring Forward in Your Career“Fall back” is a saying often used to remind us to set our clocks back an hour when Daylight Saving Time expires. It’s a play on words, using “fall” as both the time of season when clocks are set back, and the reminder of which direction to move the time. Typically, you’ll hear the full directive as “Spring forward, fall back.”

We officially entered fall on Sept. 22 – the Autumnal Equinox - but Daylight Saving Time won’t end until Nov. 5. You have a few more weeks to practice the “fall back” so you aren’t confused about what to do when the time comes.

Fall is also traditionally “back to school” time. Summer vacation is over and the kids are headed back to class. But what about you? Here are our five reasons we think autumn is also a great time for you to work on earning your college degree, perhaps even with a 100% online school like Grantham University …

  1. The kids are back in school. You’ve had a few weeks to enjoy the solitude of your children being back in school. Or more realistically, you’ve found yourself running around like crazy, taking kids from one activity to another, and starting your day off earlier to ensure everyone is ready for work and school. Then you realize you haven’t been able to do anything for yourself. Now is the perfect time to remedy that. Start by taking some college classes to work toward earning your degree, and begin a new family homework activity in the process. When the children sit down to do their homework, you can do yours, as well. Make going back to school a total family event.
  2. It’s a tradition. From kindergarten onward, fall is when Americans are used to going back to school. Your internal clock has been conditioned, through years of repetition – both on your own and now with your children – that this is the time to be back in the classroom. Why fight nature? Your mind is telling you it’s time to be in school, so why not get back into class and work on your degree?
  3. Days are getting shorter. There’s less daylight, which means less time to be distracted by outside activities and more time found indoors. Instead of binge watching Netflix, the DVR and football all weekend, take a break from the TV and use the time to expand your horizons by enrolling in classes, and hopefully advance your career. It’s almost like Mother Nature is telling you to go back to school.
  4. Weather is getting colder. If the days getting shorter isn’t enough motivation to get you back in school, Mother Nature has decided to throw you an even stronger hint. The weather is going to get progressively cooler, and depending on where you live, may even result in subzero temperatures with snow and ice on the ground. Even if the sun is out, you probably won’t be able to enjoy it like you did in the summer. Now, you have more time indoors looking for something productive to do and can easily knock out a few life- and career-enhancing classes before the temperatures start to rebound again.
  5. The time is now! Another reason to consider going back to school in the fall is, well … because it’s fall. Remember, we crossed over into autumn on Sept. 22. You’ve been thinking about pursuing your degree, whether it be your associate, bachelor’s or master’s (otherwise you may not have read this blog), and now is as good as time as any to get started achieving your goal. Whether you’ve already started and took a break, or are beginning fresh, the time is now! The sooner you get things going, the sooner you will finish. There are so many personal and professional reasons to earn your degree, there’s no reason to put it off any longer.

Start thinking, “Fall back into class. Spring forward in my career,” and you’ll soon be in school and on your way to a better future before you know it!

Brandon Swenson

About Brandon Swenson

Senior Communications Specialist Brandon Swenson is on Grantham's editorial board. He understands the benefits of educationally-oriented programs such as the Post 9/11 GI Bill, having earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City toward the end of his nearly two decades of service in the United States Marine Corps.

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