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Old 02-06-09, 08:31 AM
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Going Back to School?

It wasn't on my mind at this point in life. When I get out of the office all I want to do is come back home and spend time with my children. And the free time is to ride the bike. But I'm supposed to do something to improve professionally as part of my yearly review and my supervisor suggested going back to school.

I've attempted getting the BA multiple times... 90-91, 93-95, 2004-2006. In fact, I could have finish it but the gaps were so big I had to retake many courses (darn calculus!). During my last attempt, I changed from Electrical Engineering to plain Computer Science because it was quicker/easier. If I go back I will follow the same plan.

And I AM a good student. I just had real life stuff getting in the way all the time... getting married, divorced, re-married, getting kids, getting more kids, etc. And still, I've managed to keep a GPA of 3.80.

I talked it over with my wife and she said to go for it. I feared she could oppose because she will have to handle the kids by herself a lot more. But she really wants me to finish this bachelor degree that's been 19 years in the making so far. And my employer will be the one paying.

I'm almost convinced... what you think?
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Old 02-06-09, 08:37 AM
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Do it. In this economy, I can't see any reason not to invest in your personal worth to your employer. Especially if they suggest it. (I'm going to renew my own decision to get some .NET certifications this year and will one day go back to finish my Master's in C.S.)
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Free tuition? Why would you turn down free tuition?
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Free tuition? Why would you turn down free tuition?
I thought I was too old for this and had given up... but I'm now seriously considering it.
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Old 02-06-09, 08:48 AM
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Do it!
Our lives have many similarities it sounds like, except you're
way ahead educationally. Knock it out if for no other reason
than having the satisfaction of finally finishing it.
I should go back to but I'm too lazy (though I do have a thing
for college girls).
Maybe you'll find something that sparks other interests in life for you too.
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Old 02-06-09, 09:14 AM
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I used to study engineering back in the 90's. The concept of college girls is confusing and new to me. Plus my wife is an excellent shooter AND has genuine Oklahoman Red Neck blood running though her veins so... I better keep my distance from those creatures.
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Too old? What does that mean? That you've forgotten how to read? Again. Free. Ramification: = > pay and all you have to do is make the time to do it? No brainer man, do it.

Why the mental handwringing?

Part of the reason our family is where we are is because we got an offer of 2/3 tuition for school + 1/3 stipend. We would've moved to Des Moines, Boise, wherever for that. Not just me, my wife, too. How do you put a value on that?

Do it already.
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Many years ago, when I was juggling a family and a demanding professional job, I discovered that the distance learning approach worked very well with my schedule. That is how I got my MBA. There are scads of well-recognized and accredited programs available on the Net these days, and you might want to explore that option.
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Ruben, have you considered online degree completion?
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Ruben, have you considered online degree completion?
Yup... I'm considering a mix of online courses and classroom courses. Gonna need to sat down with the counselor (that's what is called? counselor?) tho... I'm looking at the curriculum now, after 16 years working on IT this is gonna be a walk in the park. I already know most of the stuff. I'm getting exited and extremely motivated about this.
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Originally Posted by RubenX View Post
I thought I was too old for this and had given up... but I'm now seriously considering it.
Never too old... my wife has students who are grandmothers and they are taking classes just get themselves prepared to take college classes...
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Originally Posted by RubenX View Post

I talked it over with my wife and she said to go for it. I feared she could oppose because she will have to handle the kids by herself a lot more. But she really wants me to finish this bachelor degree that's been 19 years in the making so far. And my employer will be the one paying.

I'm almost convinced... what you think?
Education is never wasted.

Isn't this wife the same loon that you have painted as a complete crackpot?
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Originally Posted by trsidn View Post
Education is never wasted.

Isn't this wife the same loon that you have painted as a complete crackpot?
Yup she is... she's been doing great lately BTW. Ever since my surgery she's been acting like a complete new person, for the better.
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I'm 41 and I'll graduate in May 2009 with a BS in geology and minor in GIS. I started college in Jan 2001. I guess I'll have to get a real job someday....
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You maybe don't want to hear this since your mind is jazzed up about school but, you can get a great IT career going with no degree. I know lots of guys who have done it. You can start writing software tomorrow if you are motivated enough to learn it yourself from books and free websites. Mucho dinero, high demand and job security.

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I thought I was too old for this and had given up... but I'm now seriously considering it.
Do it, Reuben....I'm a 49 year old college student. I'm going for a second career, heading the long slog toward PhD, from scratch.
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1. Do it, this is a no-brainer.
2. You don't want to upset your boss and wife at the same time.
3. Onlne courses can be convenient IF you are disciplined enough to pull it off.

BTW, counselors are known as academic advisors now. Not to be confused with the faculty advisors who actually know something about the major of choice, or should anyway.
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Do it, Reuben....I'm a 49 year old college student. I'm going for a second career, heading the long slog toward PhD, from scratch.
+10000000. I got my PhD at 46. And I've taught many, many returning adult students. They are typically very sharp, dedicated, and extremely interesting people. You'll not regret this, and you'll have fun along the way, Ruben- just do it!
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Do it.

Justification for education on someone else's dime is not needed.
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Yeah, go for it. I will hopefully be entering a PhD program this fall at 29. I know I'm not 'old', but I feel old and I think this is a late start on a degree that takes ~5 years to finish. But I am so excited, I really hope it happens.

Good luck.
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Originally Posted by RubenX View Post
I thought I was too old for this and had given up... but I'm now seriously considering it.
No such thing as too old. I look at it this way: You're going to be older regardless, right? You could be older with a degree or older without a degree.
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Do it. I'm in my mid 30s and graduated with a B. S. in computer science last December. You are not getting any younger. Since the tuition is free, that is a BIG help, because that can add up big time without work helping foot the bill.

People can argue the worth of the diploma, but it shows one thing to your boss: You had the ability to stick it out, get all the college courses, and graduate.
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