Thursday, June 11, 2009

A Classical Grown-up

When they're little, children pretend to be grown-ups. Teenagers want to be treated as grown-ups. College students think they are grown up. 

Then it happens: when they graduate, they want to be children again.

At least, that's how it worked for me. School may have been a hassle, but the learning has just begun--and the deadlines are less flexible, the stakes higher. 

I will be starting graduate school this August, and this month, I've begun to receive the requisite forms: student loans, immunization records, mandatory health insurance, and so forth. 

It's a whole new vocabulary (grammar) to learn. What is a subsidized loan? What makes it different from an unsubsidized one? What is a PPO? What is a Health Savings Account? 

It's a whole new set of data to organize and process (dialectic). Is it better to pay out of savings, losing the interest I would have earned, or take out a low-interest subsidized loan? What are the costs and benefits of a low copay compared to a low monthly premium?

It's a whole new batch of decisions to make and explain (rhetoric). I chose to enroll in this policy because of A, B, and C. I took out X number of student loans with the anticipation that I will pay them off in Y number of years as long as I follow Z plan of action.

And I thought learning the Periodic Table was difficult. 

I guess it's back to "kindergarten" for this reluctant grown-up--without the naps. Does anyone have children in the "let's play house" stage who might like to trade with me? 

Just thought I'd ask...

...because everyday adventures can be classical opportunities too...