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Old 07-12-09, 01:45 PM   #1
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Going back to college / university and not being 20

Is there anyone else that is no longer a kid that's going back to college / university? I'm going back in the Fall, to study Anthropology (yep, I know that's a bad idea blah blah.) I'm 35.

How old are you and what are you going to study?
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i went back for my BS at 25, and my MLS at 39. you feel a bit awkward on occasion, but no biggie. I remember going for my associate's degree at 17 and I liked having older students in class - I learned as much from them as I did from some of my professors
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pgoat is over 39? amazing. you don't look a day over 38.
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I'm typical college age (20) but getting my associates for Fire Protection there are MANY people over the age of 25. I would say 90% of my class mates are older than 25 and then maybe 50% of them are over 30.

It really is interesting to go to school with people who have actually "lived life" rather than a bunch of kids who think they are "independent" because they moved out.
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I won't be finished school until I'm approximately 40.

Should have done this years ago but no time like the present. I'm dreading taking English but Latin, Sociology and Human Origins is going to be SO FUN.
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I'm 31 and going to community colleges to get an Associate degree and then I'll start in a geology program. I like the idea of community colleges because class sizes are small for the entry level classes. I don't need to learn with 500 18 year olds.
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Yeah, the Anthro program at the college I'm going to be attending doesn't have gigantic class sizes, either. I already registered my classes, no conflicts. My Sociology class is about animals in human societies or something like that, totally up my alley! I'm excited to learn about human ancestors, too, I spent a couple hours on wikipedia looking at various pre-human species etc. Some of them could kick our butts!

Did you know some of us may be running around with Neanderthal DNA?!? Could explain a lot.

Geology is fun, my BF studied some Geology. He was teaching me about sedimentary rock and um, the other kind. I find it all terribly fascinating.
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I'm thinking about going back to college for a physical therapy degree. Tried college once 10 years ago and only lasted a few months.
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Doooooooooooooooooooo eeeeeeeeeeeeeet.

I would have sucked at college pre-25, I did go to college when I was 27 or so, to become an Admin Assistant, I did ok, I passed everything, but it's not what I really wanted to do with my life. I *hate* what I do for a living now, I gotta make a big change.

I'm used to working everyday so I will put a lot of work into school. I am starting off with 4 classes instead of 5 so I don't overwhelm myself.

I would have liked to study Ornithology or Veterinary medicine but it wasn't in the cards.
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I started school at 30 and got my Masters at 38, have been taking classes for fun almost ever since, and am now 53. Most of my professors loved me because I was more mature and actually listened to what they said and I asked great questions.

At the Jr College level, I have never been the oldest student either, even at 53!

Piece of cake. You'll have a blast!
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At least I won't be older than the professors...I hope.

I've walked around the college a time or two, checking the place out. It's pretty. It's also really close to where I live now. A bit over 20 blocks (that's close IMO.)

After college I'm going to (try to) go to a local University that is renown for it's Anthro department, I have to have high grades and a bunch of prerequisites to get in there though.
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Good old anthropithecus africanus and or lithics. My second degree was in anthropology.
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I'm 34 and in college. Could not have handled it when I was 20.
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ORLY. Do tell.
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33 and currently working on my MAT. After that is finished, I'll be looking into a Marketing degree. There are a lot more non-traditional students now. You get to be the one that destroys the grading curve for the 20 somethings that like to skip class.
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Yeah, the Anthro program at the college I'm going to be attending doesn't have gigantic class sizes, either. I already registered my classes, no conflicts. My Sociology class is about animals in human societies or something like that, totally up my alley! I'm excited to learn about human ancestors, too, I spent a couple hours on wikipedia looking at various pre-human species etc. Some of them could kick our butts!

Did you know some of us may be running around with Neanderthal DNA?!? Could explain a lot.

Geology is fun, my BF studied some Geology. He was teaching me about sedimentary rock and um, the other kind. I find it all terribly fascinating.
The latest I've read is that scientists can't find DNA evidence of a Neanderthal-Sapiens link.

Igneous and Metamorphic. Igneous comes from magma. Sedimentary is broken down Igneous or Metamorphic. Metamorphic is changed igneous or sedimentary. I like rocks.
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We went to this place on Vancouver Island that had a BLACK beach full of the weirdest rock I've ever seen...:



I think he was telling me that rock was composed of stuff deposited there, it was very bumpy and fragile and super cool to crawl on, we spent hours exploring that crazy beach.

eta: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multire..._modern_humans scroll down to "Neanderthals."

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I'm a Senior Undergrad and 49. I'm studying Psychology...
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What's a Senior Undergrad? Like a regular Undergrad only more bad@$$?
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Nope, no college ever.
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I'm 35 and have been working on an M.Ed for a bit. I might have one semester left, but put it off when I found my current job. It's not supposed to last forever, so I'll pick school back up sooner or later.

The masters program is interesting due to the wide range of ages in its students. I was in classes with people who were as young as 22 and some who were much closer to 60.

I think about some of the really dumb stuff I did as an undergrad and wonder if I would have been better off to have waited a bit before going to the university, or if I'd taken some of the core curriculum at the community college instead of at the university. Trouble was that my parents had a real problem with the idea of a gap year even if I'd worked full time. My first uni semester was really good, but the second was awful and it took me a long time to get beyond that.
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College =/= Intelligence.

If I do decide to go to college...it'll be for the college chicks.
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What's a Senior Undergrad? Like a regular Undergrad only more bad@$$?
Senior, in my Undergrad level, aka Senior Year. (Of which I still have a few requirements to get done, so it'l be 2 years as a Senior).

Although, I'm almost a Senior in the citizen dept as well, with a lot of "Senior Discounts" now starting at 50! I can even join AARP, in 6 months.
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