Welcome back to the community. You are still a member. We don't revoke membership just because people take a break from the community. We all need to take breaks from time to time. We still have members spread across different games and gaming platforms. Some games we are more active than others. A lot of members have gone back to playing some of the older games while waiting for new releases in 2019.
The CotP community is using Discord now for our voice comms. Feel free to hop on and chat if you want. You can read our recent news on the front page of this site. Recent new activity has been with Destiny 2, Fallout 76, Ark, and MapleStory 2. However, like I said earlier, we have members playing a broad assortment of games, so check our Chapter and Game Server pages to see if there is something there which might interest you.
As a father and an older gamer, I would encourage you to continue your education. Juggling work, life and college isn't easy, so try to shoot for 1 class per semester and if that isn't possible then shoot for 1 class per year. There are two online colleges that I highly recommend. Both have been around for a long time and they are not paper mills. They are fully accredited. What makes them great colleges is that you can take classes from other colleges or take their courses. If you are good with taking tests, you can pretty much test out for all your classes which will save you a ton of money.
thomas edison state university https://www.tesu.edu/
Excelsior College https://www.excelsior.edu/