Post # 1
I feel like a complete lazy person. I am 20 years old and I have yet to start college. I really would like to get out of this dead end job and have a career. I have not gone because A)I cannot afford to loose hours at work with all the bills that I have. B)I dont have to money now. C)I just dont have the drive to go.
Anyone else having the same problem?
Post # 3
Oh, sweetie, don’t beat yourself up about it! I’m 27 and still have approx. 60 credit hours to go before I graduate. I just take classes when I feel like I have the energy, time and money, and then take breaks when I don’t. Have you ever looked into online classes? I was totally against them at first, but once I got used to the format I love them! They give me so much more flexibility with my schedule.
If you are really feeling like you need to get back into school, I say start small – maybe just one or two classes, online or in the evenings. The first two years worth of work is all gen. ed. classes anyway, so you won’t be pushing yourself with anything really difficult or time consuming.
Post # 4
I have been debating on online classes or acutal in room classes. I learn so much better hands on. I feel as if I am slacking. The husband says once he gets more hours at work I can cut back at my job so I can attend classes. The problem is we have been hoping his job gives him more hours but they have yet to do so. 🙁 There are so many job openings in my town for the career I want to go in. I could be making more money and working at a job that I love if I were to have started school when I originally wanted to.
Post # 5
I understand about learning hands-on. There are some classes that I just couldn’t take online (math, anyone?).
But just remember, even if you started school this fall, it would be two years at least before you would be able to start working in the field you are studying in. So there’s no reason to beat yourself up about things you should’ve done in the past. The only thing you can do now is get going on the future. 🙂
Post # 6
Maybe if there is a program that peaks your interest you will have more of a drive to go? Had I been in the right major I would have made my undergrad life easier. Try a few classes at a community college. It will give you the hands on instruction you want in a small less intimidating environment maybe? Try and do it while your young since each passing year brings new distractions and obsticles 🙂 Best of luck!
Post # 7
I am turning 23 and I have not yet even THOUGHT about applying to any college or university.
Being financially independent has not made it any easier (though I thought it would) I have seen so so SO many friends & family members waste hundreds of thousands of dollars on degrees that they will never use & never be able to get a job with.
So that leaves me going “I am certainly not doing THAT!“
I have been trying to narrow the field since my motivation is a bit lacking too my criteria is
a) is it interesting to me?
b) will it crush my soul after 5, 10, 15, 20+ years working in the industry or said career path? (if so, then it is nixed)
c)will I be able to get a job within a year of earning my degree, certification or ticket?
d) am I self-motivated enough to successfully complete X course?
And those are just preliminary considerations before going to the nitty gritty (wages, career advancement etc).
Don’t feel down on yourself, a lot of people don’t go straight into college after finishing high school. I think taking the time until you are financially capable to go is a pretty responsible choice.
Post # 8
I think you also can’t get yourself bogged down with all the details about the future. Unfortunately a lot of college is about the piece of paper you get at the end that says you went. Tons of people every day get a degree and don’t end up working in that field. Its not that they wasted tons of money on the degree, but in the end that doesn’t matter. Going to college and getting the degree shows that you are serious and capable.
I would recommend at least getting started on your AA as soon as you can. Most of those are general education courses and it doesn’t matter what type of degree you want to get afterwards.
Post # 9
@Beronicab: Don’t feel lazy. At your age I had dropped out of not one but TWO different colleges. Some of us A lot of us just aren’t ready for such a serious undertaking when we are so young. It actually kind of pisses me off that going to college right out of highschool has become “the only option” for students nowadays. But that’s a whole ‘nother rant for a whole ‘nother thread.
Five years ago, I started working full time as an Admin at a large company who luckily enough for me offers tuition reimbursement. I didn’t even take advantage of it for three more years! Now, I’ll be 26 in September and just starting my final semester to earn my BA in English (Continuing Ed programs are your friend.)
Yes, sometimes I feel way behind the pack. All of my close friends graduated years ago and I am still trucking. Plus side is though…I will be graduating with tons of work aka real life experience that they did not have!
It’s all about perspective. Good luck 🙂
Post # 10
Don’t beat yourself up! I don’t think most people really know what they want to do when they are 18 – I think it’s healthy to take some time off between high school and college if you feel that’s what’s right for you. I did, and it was the best decision I made, even if it did mean working full time and going to school at night for most of my college career.
If you DO want to go to school, but are not sure what you want to do, or feel like the whole thing is overwhelming, why not start by taking just one class at a time? Many/most schools let you space out your tuition payment over 2-4 payments, so it’s not like you have to come up with $X right away. And I bet you could find a class offered outside of your work hours. FILL OUT YOUR FAFSA! You might quality for more $ than you think.
Whichever local school you are looking to go to, I would check out what their “core requirements” are (name may vary by school), and start with those basic classes that you have to take, no matter what your eventual major is. Then, by the time you figure out what you want to do, you’ve gotten a lot of your general requirements out of the way. Good luck! 🙂
Post # 11
@Beronicab: One more thing. I reread your comment about not having the drive to go. I thought I didn’t either. But it turns out for me that online classes worked for me so much better than physically being in class. I was a notorious skipper. I don’t know why I couldn’t bring my ass to class, even when I knew the consequences were severe.
When class was on my own time and accessible from home (or work, heh) I found that I did have the drive!
A lot of people have pre-conceived notions about online learning, but I took mine from University of Massachusetts–one of the schools I had withdrawn from years ago. As long as you take online classes from a properly accredited college, your degree is just as good as an oncampus student.