(Closed) How much education are you striving for?

posted 11 years ago in College
  • poll: How much education is enough for you?

    Just high school, thanks!

    Trade school or AA (culinary school, carpentry, that kind of stuff)

    BS or BA

    2+ Bachelors (double majors?)

    MS/MSE/MBA

    PhD

    Law or medical school

    Educational melting pot

    I'm deciding/don't know, and/or I'm winging it

  • Post # 62
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    Buzzing bee

    @91011- I definitely agree that people should take a few years off and work as a paralegal before law school.  I wish I had done this because I definitely would not have went.  It’s not what you see on Law & Order, which is what was appealling to me when I applied.  I think practicing is really monotonous and boring.  I’m hoping to get a judicial clerkship, maybe an LLM, and then get into teaching.  No plan on ever practicing for me. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 63
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    715 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2010

    I picked PhD for me because right now I have two bachelors and working towards my masters. I have no intention of going back to school anytime soon but I know after I am done with the corporate/ rat race I want to lecture/ teach. So a PhD it is. I know you don’t have to have a PhD to teach but I actually like learning. I just want a break. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 64
    Bee
    11808 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2009 - Barr Mansion

    I’m done with law school, and honestly I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone unless you fall into one of these two categories:

    (a)  You really really want to practice law, and you’ve done enough research, known lawyers, etc. to know what that entails.

    or

    (b) You can get a full scholarship to law school or you have tons of cash lying around.

     

    I’ve always loved school, and even though law school was different (i.e. MUCH MUCH harder) than anything I’ve ever done, I’d go back and get an L.L.M (legal masters) or a P.H.D. if I had the money.

    Post # 65
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    7774 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    I’m almost donw ith my BA in Speech/Theatre Edu. I will have at least an MA. I want to go all the way through a Ph.D. eventually.

    Post # 66
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    1011 posts
    Bumble bee

    I LOVE school (even though I finished my BA in 3 years).  I took a year off and then went to law school and even had a job lined up by the beginning of my 3rd year.  Practicing law is ok, but I don’t do so much traditional practice any more.  Like I said, I LOVE school.  When I first started working, I went back to do some philosophy & music classes. I also have a master’s in Biblical Studies (that I did part-time–took forever b/c it was 62 hours!) and a master’s in Public Health (that I did by taking vacation hours off from work).  Now, I’m working towards an AA in digital communications.

    At some point, I’d love to do a PhD.  If I could only figure out what.  Public Health would be easy, but I also have an interest in urban history.

    Post # 67
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    2408 posts
    Buzzing bee

    i’m working towards my mba at the moment. i decided to pursue it because it would have left me in a better position to gain an executive level position in the future, plus i couldn’t argue with the pay. but i’m positive i’m finished once i get this. i should be done by next december. yay!

    Post # 68
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    440 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Well I have a double BS in Biology and Animal Science with minors in chemistry and theater (random – i know)

    I am currently getting my DVM and I would like to get board certified in surgery as well. There is a programmed offered here where you could get a Ph. D at the same time if you wanted but I am not sure if I am wanting to go thru that or not.

     

    Post # 69
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    2695 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    I have my Master Degree and that’s probably where I’ll stop.  I worked in the industry for 7 years doing what my degree allowed for me to do.  But now I’m working at the family buisness and plan to stay here.  If anything I’ll take seminars to keep me current with buisness laws etc, that might help the company.

    Post # 70
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    455 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    @Boston Bee, you are right, practicing law is nothing like what you see on television; but most things are not.  I’m sure practicing medicine is nothing like Grey’s Anatomy.  Well, at least I hope not.  LOL!!!!  Wink

    Post # 71
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    604 posts
    Busy bee

    Law school here I come…hopefully soon..where ..i dont know??.i still lhave a year left for my BA in History ..i know what can I do with that unless I teach…well thats why law school hopefully is next…i would love to land a paralegal job while going to school, but who knows..i have no clue wheer to apply to law school theyre all expensive..GRR

    Post # 72
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    403 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    @spaniel: “I actually really enjoyed my undergrad experience and felt at the time that I would happily remain a student forever. Funny how law school will completely knock that nonsense out of a person!”

    I totally agree! I feel the same way. ๐Ÿ™‚

     

    I’m so sick of school and I can’t wait to graduate. I’m in my third year of a four year evening program, so thankfully the end is in sight, but I’m getting a litle nervous after reading all of these posts! Hope I can find a job afte I graduate and I hope I don’t hate it!!!

    Oh, and I have my bachelor’s degree in nursing.

    Post # 73
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    601 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2010 - Heinz Chapel Ceremony, Museum Reception

    I have a BA in English literature and have one semester left until I’ve got a master’s of education. I love school, except for the broke as hell part!

    Post # 74
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    1051 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    I have a BFA in Music – Vocal Performance which I do not recommend anyone ever do – I paid over $120,000 and 4 yrs of my life I’ll never get back for a piece of paper that says I can sing, dance and kinda-sorta speak 4 languages.  I always planned on going back for my Masters (in something completely different – luckily I took enough gen eds & extra courses in my undergrad to pursue a more traditional path later) but lucked into a job that pays me right now easily twice what I’d make with an advanced degree for at least the first 5 or so yrs (and if I went back for something like teaching, I’d probably never make what I do now)  Ah finance.

    I’m a total selll-out, I know.  I had a choice between pursuing something I’d like more or making more $$ and I totally cashed in.  My defense is that my current job affords the lifestyle I want and gives me the ability to have a few dogs, travel, buy subscriptions to the opero, ballet etc.  It also let me pay off my student loans in less than 3 yrs!

    Post # 75
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2009

    You left out MA and MFA! ๐Ÿ™‚ I would do that, but probably not now, since the education just isn’t the same down here as where I am from. I would wait until we moved north or west for sure, or if that never happens, attend a regular university online (not an online school).

    Post # 76
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    2280 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    Depending on how the additional degree would advance me in the publishing field, I may eventually get an MFA (I could do that while raising kids maybe? Not sure). With writing though, it’s really more important to produce a lot of polished, published pieces than obtain degrees. At this point it wouldn’t be worth the debt or time. I’ve been in school for sixteen years straight and desperately need a break to work on other parts of my life.

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