(Closed) Going back to college

posted 5 years ago in College
Post # 3
770 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Loandrob2014:  Have you talked to elementary school teachers? Shadowed them? Volunteered at a school? Researched the job opportunities for teachers in your area? Figured out exactly what degree you need and how long it will take?

It’s not that I think your idea is bad, but if you’re considering making such a huge investment of time, energy, and unearned income, you should have a thorough understanding of the field. 

If it’s going to take you 2.5 years just to go through AA math, then you’re looking at an additional 2 years to finish your bachelors and another 2-3 years to get your credential/masters. If you’re going to do this I would 100% recommend getting a math tutor and retaking the placement test.

Post # 4
3304 posts
Sugar bee

@Loandrob2014:  My husband went back to school 1 1/2 years ago at 28 for an engineering degree. He had a good well paying job before, but no growth and he’s always had an interest in engineering. He was super behind in math, so started at community college and is now in the process of transferring to a regular undergrad program. It has been a struggle figuring out where to live managing with me being the only one working, etc. but he is super passionate about what he’s doing and is working very hard. In the end he will have a job he loves with great pay potential. It’s not an easy choice, but I’m sure he’s glad he made it and I’m supportive. I say go for it!

Post # 5
184 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015 - Los Willows Wedding Estate

One thing I can tell you is that time goes by suuuuper fast when you go to school. I remember my first dat of college and when my graduation came along 4 years later I could believe that I had already done everything and that it had already been 4 years. Its never too late to go back (i know super qliche) but its true. I got my BA and am now gunna go back to a comm college to take a class that will help me get a better job. In the end having the job of your dreams and being happy with it is what really matters.

Post # 6
419 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@Loandrob2014:  I think that your idea is great, especially because you say it isn’t about the money, but finding a career you love. I’m probably biased (I’m an engineer), but I think that taking a few math classes will help you out in many aspects of your life. My advice would be to meet with a counselor at the 4-year college you would eventually like to graduate from, and ask him/her which classes you can transfer from a community college that will count toward the program. That way, you won’t end up taking a bunch of courses that won’t count. Then, I’d take as many credits as possible at a community college. I’d also look around for grants and scholarships. Good luck!

Post # 7
770 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@cologirl:  Since the OP is in CA, she can look right now at assist.org for this info.

Post # 10
554 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Loandrob2014:  I went back to school when I was 30, best decision I ever made! I’m now working on my MBA online part time. My dad completed his associates degree when I was in high school and I remember helping him study for math, we even had the same physics teacher. It’s never too late and you’re definitely not to old! If your husband owns his own business you might be able to work part time for him and have the business pay for the tuition (ask your accountant).

Post # 11
1784 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@Loandrob2014:  I’m 24 and just started my first term back at college in September after taking a long-ish break to figure out what I wanted to do. I was really apprehensive to take the plunge but it is quite like riding a bike and in the end my bachelors will get me much farther than the my high school diploma, even with graduating with honors. I say go for it!

Post # 12
208 posts
Helper bee

@Loandrob2014:  I’ll tell you my (short) story and tell you what worked for me, what didn’t, and what I regret, and the advice I have for you.

I was 23 when I went back to college.  I was working full time and taking 1 class at community college (1 class every semester, this meant 3 classes as I took the accelerated summer classes as well).

I decided to quit my job and finish school full time and I would be finished in 2 years, if I continued to take summer classes.

What worked for me:

I saved loads of money by taking online classes at community college first.  Online works for me, it’s not for everyone, but I love it.  These classes cost me $80 per credit while my classes at Penn State cost roughly $500 per credit.  The savings was substantial, and all of my credits transferred.  If you do this make sure your credits transfer first.

What I would have changed:

I wish I kept my full time job because I miss making money.  I hated my job and just wanted out, but now I hate being broke, and I have to consider it as part of my expenses.  Yes, the degree itself cost $X, but I lost out on $Y by quitting my job.  I could have easily done 3 classes per semester while working full time.  It would have taken longer, but I definitely regret leaving my job.

What I recommend for you:

Self study, hire a tutor, anything, but re-take your entrance exams so you can skip some of those math classes.  I had to start all over again (Pre-Calc in HS but had to start at Algebra 1 in college).  That was 4 math classes to graduate.  I could have retaken my test, and best case scenario, I would have only needed 1 class.  3 classes would have shaved my first year of school, considering I took 1 class at a time that first year, which were all those math classes.

I recommend summer classes.  They are easier and faster (usually 8 weeks compared to 14 weeks for spring/fall).

You said you go for it, and then change your mind.  Guess what- You can just take one class and see how it goes.  Don’t waste your own time.  One class will take up 6 hours of your time per week (3 hours in class, 3 hours doing HW/studying).  If you decide it’s not for you, whatever, you are now more educated and learned more about yourself in the process.  But guess what- You will want to take more classes and you will want to finish your degree because it’s what you want! You can do it!!


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