Have you gone back to school to finish your degree? How's that gone for you?

  • shoelessj

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    Jul 28, 2011 6:52 AM GMT
    Anyone else gone back after leaving university the first time? How has the experience been? Has it been easier or tougher to learn? Are you a better student now than then? What's been the biggest challenges? How do you find/make time to study, do school projects, etc., while still holding down a job and an adult life? Has the experience made you want to continue your education - maybe grad school, or more?

    I am months away from finally getting my degree and it's been quite a challenge, especially with work - not being able to take the classes i've wanted to because of my work schedule, finding the time to study while working, working out, living, getting into the right state of mind when taking the occasional online class, etc. But i have found that i'm a much better and more focused student who suffers very little bullshit from fellow students, administrative crap, etc.
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    Jul 28, 2011 11:38 AM GMT
    gone back thrice.... liked it every time icon_smile.gif
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    Jul 28, 2011 2:36 PM GMT
    Going back to get my second degree in education and teach in the Atlanta Public School System! Given the recent events....good teachers are NEEDED!!!!!!
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    Jul 28, 2011 2:40 PM GMT
    I sort of did it. I went back for another degree. I had an art degree, but I found out no one cared about it so I went back for business. I did it while working full time. It was hard. I had no free time to speak for several years. I am glad I did it. I just wish I had done it all at once.
  • calibro

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    Jul 28, 2011 2:57 PM GMT
    i'm on my fifth degree... despite taking some time off, it really feels like i never left.
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    Jul 28, 2011 3:02 PM GMT
    I am trying to work on my second degree now. I have all the pre-reqs for it now and am just trying to get into the program. I found that going back to school the second time was a lot easier. I guess I know what to expect of myself and others this time.
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    Jul 28, 2011 3:12 PM GMT
    I have a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. And now I'm going back from my second in Nursing. I wasn't out in college the first go around, and now that I am, I am finding college to be more fun icon_smile.gif
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    Jul 28, 2011 5:38 PM GMT
    I dropped out about 6 credits shy of my degree. Was a pretty average, at best student. Went back 4 years later for a different degree. GPA went from 2.01 to 4.0. Found it much easier as I was much more mature. Also, the incentive of paying for it out of my pocket instead of living off mommy and daddy really helped.
  • athan23

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    Jul 28, 2011 8:56 PM GMT
    yup!! it was nice,, specially if they acknowledge you as there prof. lol
  • shoelessj

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    Jul 29, 2011 1:27 PM GMT
    ILmarathonrunner saidI dropped out about 6 credits shy of my degree. Was a pretty average, at best student. Went back 4 years later for a different degree. GPA went from 2.01 to 4.0. Found it much easier as I was much more mature. Also, the incentive of paying for it out of my pocket instead of living off mommy and daddy really helped.


    I agree completely! Same story, nearly, with me.
  • shoelessj

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    Jul 29, 2011 1:28 PM GMT
    _Ironic_ saidHow many times have you heard someone say, “I’m just going to take a break from college. I’ll go back later and get my degree”? and how many of those people do you know who actually went back and finished their education? Probably very few. It’s easy to fool ourselves into thinking we can take a break and then we’ll go back to school. Sadly, we all too often never make it back. While we may have good intentions of finishing our education and getting our degree down the road, it’s extremely hard to do. Life takes over with its joys and pitfalls. We get a job, get a boyfriend, party too much, take out a mortgage or whatever and before you know it, we’re like 50 years old, playing with our nephew and wondering why we never got that degree. THE ENDicon_lol.gif



    That may be the case in some instances, but as for myself and at least a few others, as we see here, that's not necessarily the case. NOT THE END YET.
  • shoelessj

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    Jul 29, 2011 1:30 PM GMT
    Ducky47 saidGoing back to get my second degree in education and teach in the Atlanta Public School System! Given the recent events....good teachers are NEEDED!!!!!!


    God bless the teachers. Especially the urban public school teachers.