Back to School at 43

Last week, it was Lil' C's turn to be "Star of the Week" for his kindergarten class. The day he was most excited about was the day he could invite a guest to read to the class.

Of course the guest was me.

Books in hand, I took my place at the front of the room and stared at the eager faces of 30 kindergartners. Suddenly, it was as if I had not missed a day of the past ten years in a classroom. The Master teacher in me took over, and I read the three books with expression, tilting them in just the right angle so all the children could see the pictures.

I asked questions in the appropriate places and complimented my rapt audience on their good manners and listening ears. Honestly? I had a blast, and it was just one of the many times I actually miss being in the classroom.

I was an elementary school teacher for 8 years before working in administration for a year and a half. When I became pregnant with my twins, and learned one would be born with a cleft lip and palate, I knew without question I would stay home with them. I haven't regretted a day of the past ten years being at home with them.

But, looking ahead, I think maybe I will return to the classroom someday (after all, college for four boys isn't cheap, amiright?). Since my teaching certificate has long since expired, I am taking classes at our local university to renew it. Did you know that one graduate class at a public university is over $1,000?? Ouch.

Throw in a book that the bookstore wants to charge me $126 for and it's a huge expense just to renew a piece of paper saying that I can teach. But, it's a hoop I have to jump through, unfortunately.

You know what is making it easier for me? CampusBookRentals. After the initial sticker shock of the book I would need for my current class, I checked out CampusBookRentals. The price was way less to rent the book, and $4 less than other book rental sites. Score!

The site is super easy to use - just plug in the name or ISBN number of the book or even just a keyword and voila! Start saving! If you are thinking of taking classes or know a current college student, CampusBookRentals can save you a lot of money. Here are some other benefits:

  •  save 40-90% off of bookstore prices
  •  free shipping both ways
  •  can highlight in the textbooks
  •  flexible renting periods
  • 21-day risk-free return period (you know, if you change your mind)
  • no sign-up fees
  • live customer support
You know what else warms my heart about CampusBookRentals? With each textbook rented, they donate money to Operation Smile. Operation Smile is an international medical children's charity teamed by medical professionals and volunteers who provide safe, effective reconstructive surgery and related medical care for children born with facial deformities such as cleft lip and cleft palate. They work in over 60 countries to heal children’s smiles and bring hope for a better future. Obviously, this is a cause near and dear to my mama heart.

One more great thing about CampusBookRentals: they know that being a college student is expensive, so they offer a RentBack program. RentBack is a new initiative that allows students to rent the textbooks they own to other students, which is awesome because it makes them 2-4x more money compared to what they'd make through buyback options! Sounds pretty great, right? Check out the video for more info:

Going back to school doesn't have to be difficult or expensive, no siree, not for me. Not with a little help from CampusBookRentals and RentBack.

This was a sponsored post, but all opinions were definitely my own! 

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