Going back to school and now this!

posted 3 years ago in College
Post # 2
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1011 posts
Bumble bee

happybee15 :  CONGRATULATIONS!! Going back to school is a huge deal!

I’m an academic advisor, and I see this all. the. time. Students will have done so much work at their previous schools, but their current one only accepts certain credits (the school I work at will transfer credits, but not GPA, and I’ve had students with a 4.0 be totally crushed). It has to do with accrediation and such, but don’t worry! You’re going to be getting a great education, and that’s what’s important. 

My biggest piece of advice is to find an academic advisor, and sit with them. Go over everything – map out your path to your degree, and write it all out. Once you see that there’s a path and an end point, it might help you feel better. 

The thing is, there IS a path and an end point. You’re starting at a different place than you thought, but it’ll be okay! 

Post # 3
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Honey bee

happybee15 :  Are they not totally accepting the other classes because they’re not an equivalent or a certain amount of time has passed by (I noticed many schools do not accept subjects taken beyond 5 years old for example)?

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Also keep in mind that no matter how long it takes, at the end of that time you will have your degree. The other option is being the same number of years older with no degree.

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper

This is normal. Disappointing but happens all the time. Just focus on the here and now. You now have a new game plan, just keep looking forward. 

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper

happybee15 : And  Congrats. I’ve been out of school wayyyyyyyyyyy longer than you and its something I will focus on come the fall. Be proud that you started the process!

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I went back to school after 10 years and I had to take classes over because too much time had passed. My recommendation is to see if some of the classes you have to retake are available at a community college and if those credits will transfer over. It will be cheaper and you might be able to take them online so it’s more flexible. Obviously, this only makes sense if they will transfer. It doesn’t fix the extra time you will have to spend, but spending less money might soften the blow a little bit. 

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

One of my good friends had completed 2 years at one college before transferring to the large state school in our area.  The took maybe 30-40% of her credits and it took her 2-3 more years to finish than it should have.  She was frustrated, and now has more loans than she thought she ever would, but she finished and now is teaching and utilizing that degree.  It is possible, and you may have setbacks, but you will get there.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

happybee15 :  I had a class I wanted transferred, and all I had to do was get the syllabus and they accepted the credits!  Definitely see what you can do.  Good luck!

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