Post # 1
Here’s the deal. I have been in school on and off for 8 years. Only the first year of college did I not work. The rest of the time I’ve been working full-time so it’s been hard to stay consistent with school. I have been to 5 different schools and have transferred a total of 6 times (went to one school twice). I have my assiocate’s degree but have never finished the bachelor’s degree.
Well, earlier this year I joined a new school (#5) with an accelerated evening program for working adults (like moi). It costs $400/credit. *gag* Well, I completed 12 credits from Jan-May 2012. Then I took a much needed break from school to finish wedding planning, etc. I’m looking to start school again and try to finish in 2013. I have 5 classes (18 credits) left to complete. That is $7,200 plus the cost of books. *ouch*
The nature of the program is to stay in learning cohorts – basically, you stick with the same class of people the entire 2 year program. They assume most people transfer in with only 2 years of college under their belts. BUT I transferred in as a Senior and will be hopping cohorts for the classes I need to complete.
Each class is 4-7 weeks long. You attend class one night a week and only take one class at a time (in the typical cohort). There is always an assignment due the first night of class before you’ve ever met the professor. Some professors even require another assignment due the week after the “last” class which then causes overlap as you try to start homework for the new class about to start. It’s… stressful. Since classes are offered by cohorts, it’s hard to get my kind of class schedule organized. This is where I need help.
Option1:Would you drag out how long it takes you to graduate by spreading out your classes over the next year and a half?
Pros: less stress, more time for DH, time to recoop before the next class, spread out the cost.Cons: Wait to graduate until 2014, wait longer to get better job, wait longer to have babies.
Option 2: Would you try to get all the classes done in 2013?
Pros: graduate and get better job sooner. Potentially have babies sooner.Cons: be stressed and limited with time and money all of 2013.
Are there other options I haven’t considered? Please advise!
Post # 5
You should just get it done. Consider the fact that its the same amount of time lost, just spread out along a larger amount of time. Also, consider the fact that the sooner you graduate you can get a better job and make more money. It can be a large difference. Personally, I dont see any cons with that option. Sure, it sucks.. but you have to do it either way!
Good luck 🙂
Post # 6
Yes, please continue and get it done ASAP. And $400 a credit is not bad AT ALL. You are investing in your future, and many schools are over 1000 a credit.
Post # 7
Get it done. It sounds like you have given yourself enough breaks (and I do not mean that in a judgemental way at all). Obviously, doing it slowly hasn’t worked out well for you. It might be worth it to try and just get everything done.
I am giving this advice as a college advisor for a master’s program. Students who go through the program in one quick shot and really work with a deadline in mind usually are the most succesful. Those who let themselves drop out of classes, prolong the program, modify their schedule, etc. are more likely to drop out.
Post # 8
If I were you I would just get it all done as soon as possible.
Post # 9
If you’ve been going at it for 8 years already, then I think it’s time to buckle down and get it done. Making more money sooner will be worth it.
Post # 10
@Excited To Bee:
Thank you for your responses. The one thing I forgot to mention is that due to employer reimbursement, I could potentially be stuck in this lower paying job for another year past graduation. Does that affect your vote at all?
Post # 11
Get it done. Employer reimbursement makes up for the lower pay in the long run.
Post # 12
@howtobeawife: Not at all. Get it done. Move on to other goals, like prepping for an eventual new job, DH time, a fun hobby.
Post # 13
@howtobeawife: Employer reimbursement would still need to be taken care of a year after if you took the longer route. It seems like you really want to take the longer route, but consider it might take longer if you keep pushing it back and back! Just go get em!
Post # 14
Get it done, don’t put it off. Speaking from experience, it sucks going through classes at a quick pace and you do burn out but I would SO much rather work my bum off to get out early.
Post # 15
@Excited To Bee: My truest fear is being stuck in in this particular job for years when it already feels like it’s ripping my soul out. I just got a phone interview tomorrow for a new position within the company. I think if I was doing something different, I’d be happier to stay longer.
Post # 16
Oh yuck, I definitely would be tempted to have more time with the hubs but I agree with PPs.. Option 2. It’s a small sacrifice to pay in the grand scheme of things.. and you guys have a lifetime together to enjoy each other’s company. And you’d avoid wanting to kick yourself for not having chosen this option when it’s dragging on until 2014!