What I'm concerned about is, with working full time and law school part time, I'm not going to have any free time - and my daughter goes off to college in 2 1/2 years. Do I want to miss out on this time? should I put it off for another two years? difficult....
I don't know, emigre...I don't have children. Don't like kids, but am always respectful of those who can have and raise them. My partner and I have discussed my going to law school full-time--if I can get a full tuition scholarship. That would mean quitting my job and moving into an apartment near school, leaving her to manage a household and four pugs on her own.
If my Dad had wanted to go to college when I was 15-16 years old, I would've just shrugged.
Mom died when I was fourteen, and Dad was a factory worker, slaving away on second shift at the local GM plant. I took care of myself and my sister--Dad did what he needed to do for us financially. In the spirit of truth, however, I would've liked a little more emotional support from Dad back then, but he probably didn't have the capacity to give it.
Mom and Dad are both gone now. My partner and I have been together for fourteen years and we have a solid relationship (as well as a decent investment portfolio--can't emphasize how much security that provides). She wants me to be happy, and I think I'll be happy in law school and as a lawyer. The fire service has been an interesting diversion for me, but it isn't what I was born to do.
Have you talked with your daughter about your law school ambitions?