Going back to school in your 30's

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    Dec 14, 2011 11:18 PM GMT
    Has anyone here gone back to college in their 30's? I'm 34 and getting ready to start graduate school in January. I'm a little nervous about being back in school after 10 years.
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    Dec 14, 2011 11:23 PM GMT
    Did it at 37. The fact that most of my classmates were younger didn't bother me because most of them weren't. It was that they were MDs that intimidated me.
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    Dec 14, 2011 11:29 PM GMT
    wots ur concentration?

    congrats btw
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    Dec 14, 2011 11:32 PM GMT
    Christopher34, there are about 12 people in my rigorous graduate program that are over 30. Three are in their 40s, and 1 is in early 50s. What are you nervous about specifically? They are keeping up very well with a class that has an average age of 24. What will you be doing?
    eagermuscle saidDid it at 37. The fact that most of my classmates were younger didn't bother me because most of them weren't. It was that they were MDs that intimidated me.

    May I ask what program this was?
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    Dec 14, 2011 11:36 PM GMT
    Started my PhD at 36 (and have now finished), 11 years after finishing my undergraduate degree. My work career was a very practical science based one but my research degree was a wet bench project. Pity they taught me stoichiometry 17 years earlier than I actually needed it. i could not recall anything! and now that I was older, could not really be bothered with anything that I did not really need to know. My lab benchies were all in their 20s and a constant source of laughter. They really could not figure out why I was doing what I did. It was a personal gaol and something I wanted to do before I turned 40. I am very glad I did.
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    Dec 14, 2011 11:53 PM GMT
    Nothing to be intimated about. Some people just aren't able to go or aren't interested in college fresh out of high school. It's nothing unusual these days to see adults getting their degrees later in life. My brother took nearly 10 years to get his degree because he worked full time. But hey, at least he got it eventually!

    Besides, many grad students are more mature adults. I've seen plenty of students in their 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, even 70s! It's more common to see older students at that level than in undergrad anyway. At lot of 20-something students go to grad school because they don't know what else to do, are afraid of the real world, or their parents push them into it. I think an adult over 30 would enroll in school because he really wants to or needs to do it. That extra bit of motivation goes a long way.

    At least you know what you want and what you're getting yourself into. That's what I've always noticed from older grad students. You should have no problem succeeding.
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    Dec 14, 2011 11:53 PM GMT
    Several of my classmates in law school were in their 40's, and they did better than the majority of the students who went directly from undergrad to law school. Maturity and experience count...a lot. Good luck and be positive.
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    Dec 14, 2011 11:58 PM GMT
    CHRISTOPHER34 saidHas anyone here gone back to college in their 30's? I'm 34 and getting ready to start graduate school in January. I'm a little nervous about being back in school after 10 years.


    for graduate school, starting in ur 30s is relatively common, I wouldn't give it a 2nd thought.

    if it were undergraduate u were going after u would probably be labeled a "adult/nontraditional" student, therefore making it a bit more awkward, but even then its not that bad.

    Congrats dude
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    Dec 15, 2011 12:57 AM GMT
    I was in college right after high school. Again in my mid 30s. Now I'm at it again in my 50s. Mom continued her education into her mid/late 60s. I've an uncle who was in classes into his 70s.

    The main difference (besides that the McClasses get easier each time around) is that I used to get stoned with my professors my first time around. By my 2nd time around they were invited me to dinner. But now they treat me like I'm their father. So, yeah, that kind of sucks.
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    Dec 15, 2011 1:34 AM GMT
    I started college at 32, but had no fear whatsoever. My flight instructor is the one who talked me into doing it because I'd already spent enough time at the airport (flight training w/o college) that I already knew most of the flight students.
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    Dec 15, 2011 1:43 AM GMT
    CHRISTOPHER34 saidHas anyone here gone back to college in their 30's? I'm 34 and getting ready to start graduate school in January. I'm a little nervous about being back in school after 10 years.
    I wouldnt if I were you.. they are "too liberal" there.. you might get beat up! AND many of them like OBAMA!.. you'll be miserable.










    Couldn't resist it guys!
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    Dec 15, 2011 1:56 AM GMT
    CHRISTOPHER34 saidHas anyone here gone back to college in their 30's? I'm 34 and getting ready to start graduate school in January. I'm a little nervous about being back in school after 10 years.


    since when did neocon republicans care about some damn edumacation? i thought that was a libuural thing?
  • monet

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    Dec 15, 2011 3:05 AM GMT
    I earned my college degree in my 30's, my MBA in my 40's and I still take classes towards a second Masters now in my 50's.
  • swimbikerun

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    Dec 15, 2011 3:16 AM GMT
    It is a fantastic idea! Working on yourself always pays off...
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    Dec 15, 2011 3:34 AM GMT
    I think that it is a great idea for you to go back. I went back in my late 40's and finished my undergrad at 50 and loved it.
    KNOWLEDGE RULES!!!
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    Dec 15, 2011 3:39 AM GMT
    I'm 31 years old and taking some prerequisite courses for a 2nd master's degree.

    Live your life as you see fit.
  • Masturbador

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    Dec 15, 2011 3:47 AM GMT
    I've had an interesting relationship with school... I did the college thing in my early 20's and then dropped out, and then went back to finish it in my mid twenties... then I packed all my stuff and moved to another city in another province where they speak a different language and started university in my late 20's... well, 29. Now at 32, I'm about to get my BA. That feels pretty good. I got a college diploma and soon a university diploma, and since I'm on a roll, I've decided to purse a master's. This should be fun. I like school, it keeps me feeling young.
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    Dec 15, 2011 3:52 AM GMT
    I've applied to graduate school and I'm 30. Not much chances of getting in though.
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    Dec 15, 2011 3:54 AM GMT
    I got my masters when I was 29 and my law degree when I was 33. After college, I was a professional kayaker for eight years so advanced degrees was a great way to make a career change.

    I'm really happy that I did it, though I was one of the older people in class. But no one cared about my age and it was a great experience.
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    Dec 15, 2011 4:06 AM GMT
    started medical studies just before my 46th birthday. you can do it!
  • islander24

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    Dec 15, 2011 4:22 AM GMT
    Ok Babes,
    I went back at 60. Working full time I signed up for long distance learning from one of our state universities. Hardest thing in physical class you put up your hand and comment. Online I was typing like a fiend.

    Got better grades than when I was a kid, too

    Absolutely go for it. You are never too old.
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    Dec 15, 2011 4:26 AM GMT
    I did it, too. Not easy, but definitely worth it.
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    Dec 15, 2011 4:29 AM GMT
    i have classmates who are 50 with teenage kids or kids my age in school! they are scary! they might not remember how to study but they know how to get the job done! lol
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    Dec 15, 2011 5:08 AM GMT
    did it.. hell, doing it.. gearing up for medic school.

    definitely go back to school, it's a blast!
  • fitartistsf

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    Dec 15, 2011 5:35 AM GMT
    Had 2 years of college from 18-20....partied my ass off, did the whole "Animal House" thing... then did 10 years in the Navy... at 30, went back to college, art school (SCAD...Savannah College of Art and Design, Class of '96). The second time around was sooo much more fun... I was in the element I loved (art) and just soaked it all up, loved the labs, painting, drawing, early computer art... more times than not, I was the eldest in my classes, but the younglings could never understand why I was soooo smart, LOL... I think it helps to have a few years of real world experiences under your belt... helps to give you a better, different, perspective (no pun intended! Art School, remember?) on the classroom experience, and even studying... and it was nice to be called "Gramps" by the cute frat boys, even as they slipped me their numbers, LOL....