How to go back to school at this point…

posted 2 years ago in College
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Look into community colleges, where you could take one or two classes. There’s a college near me that has a Saturday college just for people in your situation.

There are ways to do it.

However, consider whether you need more school. I teach at a college, so I value education, but it can also get people into debt. So beyond the bachelors, I recommend people really consider carefully the financial aspects. Consider what you can do with the degree you have.

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I work full time and go to school part time.  While it is taking me *FOR EV ER* to get my degree, I know eventually I’ll get it!  If there is a point where my hubby and I can afford me to work part time, then I will drop to part time hours.  The paychecks that come in barely cover my school + books + gas (for a V8 Mustang) + bills + necessities.  However, that is only because I have never gotten a raise with a company I have been with for 2.5 years.  I have been looking for different jobs and I think that’ll help the money situation.

The time is what is the hardest part, however.  I get up at 5 A.M. for work, and I’m home from class at 10:00 P.M. some nights.  I tend to skimp on sleep so I can eat, hang out with hubby, and study.  It’s a lot of work, and I’m not sure how I’d do it with a baby, too!  I agree with Carolsays.  Consider the financial aspects AND time.  Will it be more feasible to go back now, or after you’ve had a baby and a wedding?  Is it better to go beforehand?

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 2 months ago by  LittlePumpkin.
Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

FutureFong:  Why not just get your master’s in paralegal instead if you have a B.A in a semi-related field?

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 2 months ago by  NovaRising.
Post # 5
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Bumble bee

I have a degree in criminology too! I just started graduate school. My advice would be to just find a way to make it happen now. Whether it be night school, online classes, or there are even programs that allow you to just take one class at a time So you can pay as you go. Many people say they will just wait a while and go later, but most of them don’t (of course there are exceptions). If it’s something you really want for yourself, there’s no time like the present. 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

FutureFong:  I was working full time and doing full time evening classes for my masters degree (ie. 3 classes per semester was all I could manage). I had a little one as well who my family helped watch (I was a single mom when I started graduate school). It’s busy but do-able.

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I just recently went back to school after getting my bachelor’s AND master’s in a field. 🙁 To be honest, I have had to take out a private loan to help with costs, and it is proving hard for me to find a part time job. You could always look into going to school part time and still work full time or take as many online classes as you can if that is feasible for the school you go too. It will be hard though! I took two online rigorous courses while working a high stress full time job and definitely did not do as well as I would have if I just was focusing on school. I would look into the other bee’s suggestion about going for a Master’s instead of another Bachelor’s. If I could have done that, I would have! lol 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee

FutureFong:  My FI works full-time and does school full-time. It’s possible if you’re driven. The downside? He has a hellish schedule. He leaves the house around 4:30 in the morning and gets home around 10:00 at night, and that’s 6 days a week. Then the weekends are homework. I really admire him for being able to balance it all- I’m not sure how he does it sometime. He never thought he’d be able to do it, but he is! I think if you want it enough it can be done, honestly I don’t think I could handle all of that at once. But if it’s your dream I’m sure you’ll find a way!

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

FutureFong:  Sorry I’m in the States and know someone who currently finishing her masters in it.

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