I may not be old, but I'm not that young either. Going back to college is a huge step, but a much needed one. You know, it's one thing to simply know how to do something. It's a completely different thing, however, to know how and why something is done, to know the ins and outs of it, the technical details and minute changes that make a large difference. That's the way I feel with recording and production.
I know how to record and I've been producing music for a really long time. However, I want to take my abilities and my knowledge to the next level. Anybody that knows me well knows that I believe this to be success. As long as I'm improving and getting better on a daily basis, I feel that I'm successful.
There aren't too many musicians that are willing to say that they would like to go to school or return to school in order to learn. For me, regardless of my place in my career, I feel that I would be doing myself and my fans a disservice by not taking advantage of every opportunity to grow, both personally and professionally.
I actually received a full ride scholarship in 2005 to attend a community college. All I had to do was play in the band and go to every arts event. But I blew it. My priorities weren't in the right place at the time. Over a decade later, I now realize that in order for me to rightly do what I love to do at a level that I need to, I must finish what I started years ago. Now, should things in my career get to a point where I end up not having enough time to finish school, I'll reconsider. But for now, I feel as though it is a necessity. There is much to be gained from returning to school (the connections, the knowledge, the expertise and guidance).
So for all of you debating whether or not you should return to school, evaluate your situation. If it's something that will benefit you, go ahead and make the jump.