Am I crazy for going back to school?!

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
2474 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Looks to me like you have nothing to lose! Good luck!

Post # 5
3570 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Good for you!  My mom went to college for the first time at 45, and she made a lot of great (younger) friends.  Best thing she ever did!

Post # 6
6928 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

My Masters program is quite varied age-wise – there are things to be learned from people of all ages. Make the most of it and you can’t lose.

Good luck and enjoy it!

Post # 7
42117 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@maiathebee2013:  There will be people of all ages in your classes.

You can look at it this way:

In _ years I will be _ years old and I wil have my MBA.


In __ years I will still be __ years old and I still won’t have my MBA.

Post # 8
1626 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Oh hell yeah, do it! 😀 I’m 25 and still working toward my BS. Lord knows when I’ll go for a masters. It’s awkward sitting in classes with 18-19 year olds but as long as I resist the urge to punch them in the face, things go pretty well! 😀

Learning rules!!

Post # 9
284 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015


i went back to college aged 42! best bit was that i wasnt even the eldest in the class ha ha!


Post # 10
5160 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@maiathebee2013:  SOunds like your in a good situation to go back – free tuition plus you don’t need the money from working?  Why not go back?  If those two things weren’t the case, I’d suggest using a different avenue to fufill your thirst for learning, but your situation is very unique.

Regarding your comment about hte age of other students – what kind of program are you entering?  

Post # 11
2057 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia

Life is a continuous learning process. We never stop learning. Congrats on making a pivotal move!

I think matured students would have an edge over the 20-somethings in general; i.e. more committed to learning. It would definitely be interesting to partner up with them in assignments. Your previous work-experiences would be useful when identifying gaps between real life & classroom knowledge.

P.S. My FI always jokes that I would never stop learning. It’s true.. he doesn’t know that I plan on taking an MBA, after pursuing a management accounting designation, if my employer were to pay for it.

Post # 12
917 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@maiathebee2013:  Happily an MBA is not undergrad! You’ll find with grad programs that while the majority of folks are fresh out of undergrad, a number of your classmates will be coming back to finish off their education at different stages in life. My classmates (in a PhD program in art history) range in age from fresh out of undergrad to 50+. Full disclosure: I am now 28 and have been in the MA/PhD program since I was 21. Don’t let the kiddos intimidate you! You’re the one with real-world work experience. You’ve got things to teach them. 

Post # 13
224 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

@maiathebee2013:  That’s amazing! Congratulations. I’m 24 and still in college, but I’m in English and Education. Thus, I’m an avid supporter of education and that all people can achieve whatever they’re going for when they try hard enough. I love hearing when people go back to school or are interested in doing so. I’m obsessed with learning, haha!

Don’t worry — I go to school with lots of “non-traditional” students. I’ve encountered many 40+ co-workers and currently attend classes with a 38 year old man who is changing professions from nursing to teaching. He has a rough time with his crazy hours, but he’s doing it! You can! Good luck, and it’s so great that you have free tuition! You don’t know what a blessing that is! Congrats again!




Post # 14
2992 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Edducation never hurts. I went back to college at age 30 years old and it gave me a satisfying career and definitely more money. Go for it!

Post # 16
274 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I’m currently 25 working as a nurse but planning to go back to school in the spring for a totally different career..  I’m not really worried about the age difference so much as now having to juggle the cost of living with the cost & time of school.  Things I didn’t have to worry about during nursing school were car insurance, rent, utilities, groceries, etc.  Now I’ll have to work enough to pay for the aforementioned while also finding the time to attend class & study ( oh & plan a wedding!)  .. I’ve never wanted something this much though, so I’m sure I will be fine.  My fiance is also very suportive of my goals & wants me to follow my dreams & succeed.    Just follow your heart & goals.  No time like the present!

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