(Closed) Just curious-how many years do you spend at school?

posted 5 years ago in College
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

In America, school has a broad semantic range emcompassing all education, from pre-school to post-doctoral work in some cases.

 

When I say something like, “I was still in school when I got married last year,” I mean that I was still in graduate school, finishing the last few chapters of my dissertation and preparing to graduate with my PhD.

 

I was in pre-school for PK-3 and PK-4, primary school (K-5) from 5 to 10, middle school (grades 6-8) from 11-13, high school (grades 9-12) from 14-17, undergrad (traditionalyl 4 years in America) from 18-21, graduate school for an MA from 22-23, and graduate school for my PhD from 24-28.

 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@wwbga:  I’m in the UK too and have pretty much done the same as you! I went to university at 18 for a 4 year degree and am about to finish my PGCE. My other half is doing his PhD and has funding for another 3 1/2 years roughly (he’ll be 26 when he finishes).

 

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

@wwbga:  It’s very common in America to continue straight into postgraduate work straight out of undergrad. In academia, those who continue directly are called “traditional students” whereas those who go into industry, etc, and then return are one of the many types of non-traditional student. Just that terminology informs us that the standard plan is to move straight forward.

Most people don’t go on to post graduate education, though. However, the group of women (and sometimes men) who self select to seek advice from a community like this for something like a wedding tend to be more highly educated. There are plenty of women on here, however, who are still in undergrad, who didn’t go to college at all, or who went straight into a job out of undergrad. 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Walt Disney World

I went to kindergarten, grade school (1-5), middle school (6-8), and high school (9-12) for my pre-college education.  I graduated from high school when I was 17 (my birthday is in June) and went straight to a state university for 4 years (graduated when I was 21 with a Bachelor’s degree).  From there, I went straight to grad school for 2 years (graduated at 23 with a Master’s).  I only had one part-time job in college (none in high school) and then went into the workforce after grad school.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@wwbga:  I’m training to teach primary (5-11 yrs) 🙂 how about you? I’m on my final placement now up until the end of June, so job hunting now! Have an interview in a week & a half though for a KS1 (age 5-7) post so fingers crossed!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I don’t know about everybody, but I graduated high school at 17 and did 4 years for my Bachelor’s. I was done with “school” (for the time being, unless I choose to pursue a higher degree) at 21.

 

Now there are kids I went to high school with who are just now- 5 years later- getting accepted into four year colleges to “finish” their last 2 years of college. Yes, they spent 5 years at a junior college to do basically two years of classes. 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I graduated from pre-k through 12 5 years ago, and I’ve been working on my bachelor’s for 4. If I am able to finish up my schooling on time, I will have my undergraduate in around 2.5 years, my total time for earning my degree will be nearly 7 years.  After that I hope to go into graduate studies,  which will have me completely done 9 years after I started. While I’m sure it sounds terrible,  that it’s going to take me nearly a decade for 6 years of training,  I take it in stride. The whole time I’ve been in school I have been on active duty, 50 of my credits come from work related experience alone. I can’t wait to be done though! !

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee

I graduated high school at 17, went to undergrad for 4 years and graduated at 21, then went to law school for 3 years and graduated at 24. So I spent 7 years on post-secondary education.

 

Post # 14
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I did my standard bachelor’s degree (3 years instead of 4, though), took a year off, then went back to get my master’s, which took three years.  I started working full time at the age of 15 though, so I’ve been working full time basically since high school.

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I graduated HS at 18, then a 4 year college at 22.  Started my career as a teacher the following September and decided after a 6 month break of no schooling and just working (teaching) I decided to get my Masters Degree.  I’ll graduate with my Masters at 24 and as a married woman.  I’ll graduate 1 month after I get married.  It just worked out that way.  So I’ll be in school until I’m 24, but I’ll be in the schools (teaching) for a lot longer!

Post # 16
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I graduated high school at age 18 (after starting preschool at age 4 / kindergarden at age 5).  I spent 4 years getting my undergraduate degree and graduated college at 22.

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