The acceptance letter came in the mail on Monday. I have officially been accepted at Strayer University. For some reason, my acceptance into this institution of higher learning didn’t seem like as much of a big deal as when I was accepted at Southern Wesleyan upon graduating from High School. Either way, I got in.
I have been throwing around the thought of finishing my undergraduate degree. It’s not really as much “finishing” as it is “starting over.” I’m about two-thirds of the way though a degree in Youth Ministry. It would seem that it would make since for me just to finish it, right? But passions change. One morning I work up and it hit me like a ton of bricks: I hate teenagers. Passions change. To be honest, I am not sure what I feel called to do anymore.
Wachovia will pay $5000.00 a year toward the completion of my undergrad. It’s a great deal. However, it comes with some fine print.
A two-year service obligation is required after receiving reimbursement from the plan for undergraduate or graduate courses taken for a degree. An employee will meet the two-year service requirement for a reimbursement if he or she is regularly scheduled to work 20 or more hours each week throughout the two-year period following the date of reimbursement.
- The reimbursement amount must be repaid to Wachovia on a prorated basis.
- The repayment amount will be referred to Wachovia’s internal collections team. The employee will have seven (7) calendar days to repay the amount due.
- If the amount is not repaid, the collections team may use all available collection means in order to collect amounts due.
The fine print is what makes this decision a tough one. If I go back to school, I could complete my degree in about two years. After that point, I would be committed to working for Wachovia another two years, or be forced to repay any funds they’ve paid toward my education, about $10,000.00.
The bottom line: I have a fear of commitment, especially when it comes to committing to a job that even now, doesn’t excite me. Then throw in my thoughts of escaping the cubical jungle, planting a church and starting a family. All of these things could take place within the next four years.
What are your thoughts? Should I go back to school, even with the fine print?