Starting school again, anyone else?

posted 3 years ago in College
Post # 3
6073 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@fvsoccer:  Do you mean like a re-entry student?


I was out of the game for 8 years and then I went back to do a Master’s when I was 32.  It took me 5 years becuase I was working 30 to 40 hours a week, and I had to do a ton of prereqs for my engineering degree (I had no engineering at all).


It was very very very very hard, but I really wanted it.  I would get up at 6am, go to bed at midnight.  Every waking hour had to be productive with either work, school, homework, or boyfriend (we lived sparately).  (Now he’s my H.) I seriously had to pencil him in like I did study sessions.  If I was not productive every hour, I would fall behind with slim chance of catching up.  Something was always jockeying for top priority and it was a constant juggling act.


I made a new motto for myself.  I’m doing the best I can with what I have.  If I got a B or C on an assignment, and I did my best with the time I had, then I really had to learn to be OK with that. 


And yes, I did not have time for online forums 🙁 


I did it with very little debt.  Because I already had a nice flexible job that would let me go down to 30 hours (or less) if I wanted, I was able to keep my little house mortgage and go to school.  I used only $6,000 in loans over 5 years and $2,000 was because I had to buy a car (I was carless for 8 months after a divorce).  So not bad to borrow only $4,000 for school/tuition for 5 years!  I did get half price tuition for being a university employee though.


Post # 4
1312 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - NH

I plan on starting in March working towards my master/Nurse Practitioner degree.  The only thing making it hard is money…it’s so expensive, especially with the wedding, but I need to do it.

Post # 5
2535 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

This is my last semester for a while at least.

DH and I are on oppisite scheduales so thats partially how i manage.

I only go part time tho.

Post # 6
4441 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@fvsoccer:  I went back last semester and am continuing into this semester.  It was a CRAZYTIME!  I went home most nights and wanted to cry because I didn’t know where to start with all I had to do… 

Last semester I took 2 on campus classes that took up 3 nights/week and 1 REALLY INTENSE online class.  Luckily those were all my requirements to finish my degree, now I’m taking a few classes at the cheaper community college before transferring them so I’m only doing 2 online classes.  While working full time too.  Hopefully this semester will be easier…

Post # 7
3618 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@fvsoccer:  This is my last semester of my second year and I might take a short break from school after this :/ 

DH will be deployed during this second semester so I assume it will be pretty easy to manage my time. First semester wasn’t too bad because I set school up so that I could still be home when DH was home. 

Post # 8
1891 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Well, I was working part-time and going part-time to school. I got laid off, so more time to study Undecided… I dunno, I have a child, too. I just keep reminding myself of when I will be finished, and try to power my way through it. I will be getting my Master’s after I am done. I may take a break before that so my FI can go back and finish… I am glad that I am not the only one spending nice days or snowy days, like today, studying!!! I hope and pray that it is worth all the effort!

Post # 10
2243 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Yup! Have my last semester of my 2nd undergrad. 6 credits (2 classes) left!! Can’t wait to graduate!!!

Time management is going to be interesting. My baby is due in less than a month but 1 of my classes is a moot court competition so its flexible & I don’t plan on physically attending the other except for the midterm & final. Hopefully that works out!

Post # 12
1891 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@fvsoccer:  Geez, those are really long papers. I am not looking forward to then when I do my master’s… I got to Thomas Edison State College. I take all my classes online! Some courses are something in between the two, or the students use Skype or something like that, but don’t quote me on that! I love it!!! I am sure you will do just fine, and school will fly by!

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