Thank you for such an inspiring answer in your last column (“Down in the dumps”). Just like this person, I too was feeling too old to be a student. Thank you for making me think differently now. Well here is my question:
I am a 32-year-old male. I got divorced about a year ago, even though there are still financial and assets issues waiting to get resolved, I decided to return to school a year ago. I am taking from 10 to 15 credits per semester and I work full time, but have barely enough money to pay for everything including my tuition and lawyer fees. My financial situation has pushed me to move to my parent’s house. I help them pay for the utilities and groceries and help as much as I can around the house. I have been living with them since I got divorced and this makes me feel sometimes like a dependent person (like a loser). I feel ashamed saying that I live with my parents. And with these economic times, I feel really frustrated with myself thinking that I probably need to quit school again and find my own place. My self-esteem is really low because of this situation. I need your advice on this.