(Closed) How long did you attend school before you graduated? POLL

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  • poll: How long did it take you to graduate college??

    College? No thanks, I'm a free spirit and I took the fun road after high school!....or I worked :)

    2 years, got my associates! Doing great!

    3 years, got my Bachelor's cause I'm really smart, ok?

    4 years, got my Bachelor's!

    5-6 years, my degree required more credits/I took my time

    7-10 years...we're in the same boat, sista!

    I go to Hogwarts and we stay here forever. Graduation is not an option!

    10+ years, yeah don't ask.

    Other

  • Post # 46
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    Helper bee

    You can do it! It took me 4 years to finish my bachelors (double major) and 1.5 to finish my masters. Law school will be different, I expect it to take 4 years. You can do it! You’ve got this. And yes I was dancing like idk what at my grad school graduation. My parents caught some cool photos of me acting cray cray. 

    Post # 47
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

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    usnavyfiance:  Getting a BA when you’re 21/22 is often not all it’s cracked up to be, or at least for me it wasn’t! I got a BA in film & television a week before I turned 22 (within a week of my brother & sister, 2 and 4 years older than me, also getting their BAs). My sister went straight to grad school for teaching special Ed, my brother worked in his field but not quite the right job and will be going to grad school soon, and I… Floundered. Though I was so sure I’d never go to grad school. After a year and a half being chronically underemployed in the industry, I started nannying a boy with ADHD. I was his full time nanny for about a year, and that’s how I discovered Occupational Therapy. It’s taking me a year to take prerequisites (I needed almost all of them), and then I can apply in September, and start in February. So if I get in and don’t take any time off in the middle, I’ll have my Masters right before I turn 29, 11 school years after starting college (with a 3 year break in the middle). So it’s different, but I feel you.

    Post # 48
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    Buzzing Beekeeper

    4 for my college double major + 3 for law school, but I feel like that’s a drop in my bucket compared to my Fiance. He also double majored in 4 in college and then had another 6 for his PhD (and he graduated “early”!).

    I miss school, I’d do back to college in a heartbeat! 🙂

    Post # 49
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    Busy bee

    I’m working on my BSN. We are required to have 126 credits. By the end of this term I’ll have finished 68 over two years. Only 58 to go!!

    Post # 50
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    My degree program was 122 hours, and I graduated in 4 years. Took spring and fall semesters only – no summers. I graduated with more than 122 credit hours though because I switched my major several times so not everything counted toward my degree in the end.

    Post # 51
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2016

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    usnavyfiance:  Omg.. I graduate in May and I’m so over it. I graduated high school in ’05, but I was a young mom and I took a year off to enjoy time with my son. I went to community college for about 19 credits (2007?) before I decided I couldn’t do what i really wanted to do in Psychology so I decided to take time off to work, enjoy time with my son and friends. Fast forward to being 25 and realizing I wanted a job that offered insurance, 401k, weekends off and paid vacations (I’m a bartender). I was in talks with my District Manager about going into the Manager In Training program, but then I decided I still wouldn’t be getting weekends with my family and we’d be on opposite schedules. I started back at community college Fall 2012, completed my Associates by December 2013, started at a 4 year Jan 2014 and I will be graduating May 2016, although if I didn’t minor I would’ve graduated December 2015. It has taken me a LONG time and I am losing steam! I hope one day I’ll regain my dreams of going to grad school, but right now it can suck it. My girlfriend started community college the same time I started back and granted I had 19 more credits than her, she will be getting her assoicates this May as well. Everyone has their own pace!

    Post # 52
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    Buzzing Beekeeper

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    usnavyfiance:  Yeah, my husband teases me about it. Some people need a decade for college, yeah they are called doctors. Thanks. 

    Post # 53
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

     

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    usnavyfiance:  

    Well, I began my Philosophy degree when I was 18 and only convocated last year at 28. However, after my second year, I took what ended up being five years off school to work, get out of debt, and get some greater stability, as I had moved out of my parents house when I was 19 and just had no support, so it was difficult to get my shit together. I went back when I was 25. 

    So I was a full-time student for a total of 5 years by the time I got my degree. 

    I’m preparing for grad school and am looking forward to getting another diploma in only 2 years haha.

    Post # 54
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    Busy bee

    Took me 3.5,  I clicked on 4 years for ur survey. 

    Post # 55
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    Buzzing bee

    i have to work full time, or more than full time depending on the time of year, and I can only take a few classes per semester. I’ve also taken time off for things too, so it is taking foreverrrrrrr 

    I’m 26 by the way, and going for a bio degree.

    Post # 56
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    Helper bee

    I finished in 3 years both because I was lucky enough to be financially supported by my family and because I switched to a related degree with fewer credit requirements so that I could graduate early.

    But it took my mom 7 years to graduate with her bachelors degree. She had to work while going to school – like you do – but she didn’t have any of the life upsets that you did to set back her time table. My dad also worked through school and it took him about 6 years.

    Personally, I think it’s so much more incredible that you’re both working and going to school! I know I would have crumbled under the pressure, so it’s really awe-inspiring to me when I see people like you who work and go to school and manage to balance both. That’s so much more important than the fact that it takes you a few extra years to get through.

    Post # 57
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2018

    I am totally jealous folks who have a degree. I was at an ivy league college with a full scholarship, totally lost my marbles and cracked under the pressure and ran off to Europe, had kinda a *good time* trying to forget my big mistake and then ended up staying in Europe, starting a family. 

    I regret very very little in my life, but three kids and no degree later: I really regret that. Ouch.

    But then again, I have a wonderful life, lovely children, I love my job (I am a graphic designer) earn “okay” (if I had a degree it would be much more, but also in a totally different and much less creative field) and I try not to focus on the unfinished business of my past. 

    So anybody out there thinking like it is wearing you donwn not finishing up, and life is distracting: don’t give up! Get that degree! Do it! Do it! or you will regret it even 20 years later (like I do)

    Keep it awesome, Bees! 

    Post # 58
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

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    usnavyfiance:  I’m in my 12th year of post-secondary studies… five years for a Bachelors, two years for a Masters, and now in the fifth year of my PhD. One residency year to go after this one and I’m friggen done!!! I also had two years off in between those years, so it’s been a long haul. I feel ya…but you can do it!

    Post # 59
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2017

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    usnavyfiance: 180 credits for a Bachlors degree? Wut? Majority are 120 credits. So that would mean you are expected to take 6 years! It’s online you said? Is it an accredited school?   and/or is it one that just wants the extra $$$$ for 60 additiional credits?  

    Post # 60
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    Helper bee

    3 year undergrad

    1 year MA

    5 years PhD (part-time while working part-time also).

    No more!! In the UK the norm is 3 year PhD plus one ‘writing up’ year. Because I was part-time, I did 3 years plus 2 ‘writing-up’ years. I had just turned 31 when I finished it all, but I had a few years out working full-time.

    I am glad that I did it, and it has directly informed my career, but it certainly isn’t the be-all and end-all of everything. A lot of the skills I need for my current job I actually learned in employment.

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