I've been having a great internal battle on whether or not I should return to school to complete my Bachelor's of Computer Science.
I'm 27 and have 7+ years of real job experience and currently work as a Senior Software Engineer at a reputable national company.
I've saved up a good amount of money to allow me some free time.
The kicker for me is, I have some great ideas I am extremely inspired to work out and program/design into reality.
On the flip side, I have about 1.5 years left to complete my Bachelors degree.
I feel I don't learn anything useful/practical in school. It feels like a big waste of time / money.
For example, this semester they are only offering 2 classes that I need. The tuition is $3200. That's $1600 per class. (Finite State Machines and Programming Languages - aka outdated languages that nobody uses anymore from the 80s)
My future goals are really to develop my own software applications. But I also want a secure future, one with health benefits and a retirement plan (with the assumption that when I'm older there will be no more social security $)
And, to be honest, my spirit is sapped at school. I absolutely dread my time there (when I feel I could be doing much more productive things). My university is not the best, and the teachers do not respond to emails / are very unprofessional at times.
There is also an emotional aspect - I have a broken down relationship with my Dad that has been rooted around not completing my degree.
Any advice appreciated.