Yes, I took the plunge!

My own journey has continued and now took a nice turn.

Well, not really taking a plunge, but a leap. A leap over the biggest hump in my life since I left North Carolina 5 years ago. I always wanted to get my graduate degree in something. It just so happens that my journey went in the direction of higher education. Great choice! A Master’s Degree in something. Something because I wanted to learn more (yes I know…lol). But I did it mainly because I want to advance my chances for a different, better and/or more prosperous career. Oh yea, and maybe make more money. Maybe. 🙂

So I did it…

I started graduate classes through an online degree program to attain a Master’s of Arts in Education in Higher and Postsecondary Education degree at Argosy University. My first instructor is Dr. Reason. I’ll remember her. 🙂 You always remember the first one. It’s an online program and to be honest I’m not a very big fan of full degrees online. My instructor(s) might not agree. 🙂 But I truly believe in the on-ground degree format and way of educating people. I’m a little old-fashioned (at 39) and don’t much like change, or at least have to take some time to get used to it and comfortable.

Anywho, my journey continues. This is a HUGE road block that I saw through to fruition. Not without the awesome support and help from my company and my boss Tana McDermott and of course Kristi Atkinson at Argosy Online Division! Just the support and encouragement is enough to keep me going.

But, I had to as well. Now as a college recruiter for Brown Mackie College, I have been blessed with the opportunity to do what I do best. Talk! I recruit, but I encourage and motivate young people. With that, as you all can see by now that my passion has grown to this unbelievably successful blog site that is completely focused on YOU. Its originality and variety provides some of the best and most information regarding careers, colleges and cash.

I am so proud of what I have done and accomplished over the past year that having this official educational background and degree will just thrust me into the higher education world even more and provide more of an effect possibly in administration and to people who need it the most.

But there is no way I should be giving as much advice and resources if I’m not going through these experiences myself! Real experiences. Sure in my job I am, but I’d like to be the Victim and Victor in higher education.

But, there’s  another reason…

I did it, and I did it for you too. I want to provide YOU not only with my personal experiences and accomplishments with my course schedule and courses throughout my online graduate degree program, but my goal is to add to my own personal experiences with the process in making those decisions, starting and continuing my education. I do not intend to provide anything but constructive positive and negative thoughts and feelings, factually and throughout. This has nothing to do with my relationship with the company, but what I experience and the facts surrounding that.

So my experiences will be published to see if and how you can relate. Or it might motivate you to think that if others go through this, then its okay. It is okay.

No matter who you are and what you are doing now, the hardest part of this is realizing how much you need to go to college. It’s like an addict! Read my post about this and how some people struggle with just that decision. The next hardest part is taking that next step and figuring out what and where. I’m at that point now and it took some work, but not a lot. I’m lucky in that as a single man I have more time and conveniences to studying and getting this degree. But my life is either similar ro different from a lot of yours. Is it? Those of you who really need to know that someone else is going through the same thoughts, struggles and opportunities, well I am. And I’ll give it to ya.

But one thing is for certain, the frequency of articles I post may go down slightly through the week. I’ll try to double up on the weekends, but this degree program is going to take a lot of my free time (outside my daily 10hrs working). You all know what it’s like. I’m anxious but excited and feel fulfilled because I can go away from this more educated, more proud and accomplished. Even more accomplished as I share my journey with you.

Through this experience I’ll address various issues and things I encounter in my experiences. Here are some of the things I’ll tackle in this to provide YOU with what I’ve been through. It’s likely to be quite similar based on my encounters with new and current students, parents and counselors. If it isn’t let me know. If there is something I’m missing that you’d like to know, please feel free to email me or respond to this post!

But I fell short here and should have posted real-time articles based on how I started this process earlier. But I’ll catch up and start from there:


– important information needed

-all the documents to fill out and how to keep track


-what’s the cost?

-how can I pay for all this? What are my options?

-how should I start? Scholarships and financial aid


-it is sooo different

-getting used to the computer and the online process in posting and responding and reading and all that…

-benefits vs. challenges


-my classes and my own reaction to taking a course with 20 other classmates that I may never see

-the level of work required

-accelerated learning?? Oh yes!


-my own thoughts, feelings, experiences of this whole ordeal

-what will it get me?

-anything YOU want

My goal obviously will be to provide YOU with my experiences through my graduate degree process. In addition the genuine and informative resources that I normally doo. Double duty, but I love to share! I’ll start this weekend and get caught up, but if you feel I might be missing something. Or if you are experiencing this now, like me, please let me know anything else I can add.

Your Success is My Success,


Keith Lipke is a careers and college recruiter, coach, mentor and blogger at The Hope Chest. His passion is to educate, inspire, and give hope to young people who need it upon their search for the right career and college.