(Closed) Slave to School?

posted 9 years ago in College
Post # 3
2142 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I marched with someone (he’s actually getting married in a month in a half) who spent 4+ years in the marines after high school so didn’t start college until fall of 2008 and so won’t until 2012 (I believe, he transferred after his first year here) and so will get his BSN at 26 or 28.

You’re not alone!


(I went right into undergrad after HS so will get my BA & minor after 4 years, but will continue right along to my masters, and eventually PhD so I won’t be fully “out of school” until 30+)

Post # 4
4605 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I went straight to school three days after my high school graduation in May 2008. I won’t graduate until May 2013 though because I was basicially forced to take off a semester of school. So I’ll have my BS after a little over 4 years, but I plan to go on into my masters after I work for a year and then on to my PhD, so I’ll probably be 30 before I’m done.

Post # 5
191 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

You will be fine! I also graduated in 2007 and wont be done with schooling until probably december 2013, and I too should be graduating this May if I had gone to school full time these past 4 years. Instead I worked a lot and took classes on the side since I had NO Idea what I wanted to do.  As soon as I figured out I wanted to major in early childhood education I started going full time! It’s really not that big of a deal and to be honest, these days most people don’t finish school in 4 years so you are actually the norm.  I saw an article in the paper not too long ago that said 60% of college students graduate within 7 years now.

Post # 6
1937 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

While my situation is different, I won’t be done with school for a bit.  Pharmacy school will take a total of 7 years, and I am adding a Master’s program and am hoping to do a 2-year postgraduate fellowship.  I’ll be done with my training and ready to fully start my career when I’m about 28 (or perhaps later even if everything doesn’t go as planned)…

My suggestion: find out what you’re good at and love and don’t worry too much about how long it will take to get there. 

Post # 7
56 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Hello fellow Canuck!

My education stats:

Graduated from high school in 1999

Did a double major in Uni (Bio and Psych) and graduated in 2004

Took three years off to substitute teach

Finished my teaching degree in 2009

Taught from 2009 to now

Just got my acceptance into Grad school and will graduate in 2014.


Yep, that’s a graduation every 5 years for 15 years lol


It can be done and if you love teaching as much as I do, it is SO worth it. When I graduate this time, I’ll have a Master’s in Education: Exceptional Learners and can be a resource teacher. If pursuing the Ed. degree is your passion; go for it. Just be aware of how tight the market is right now for teachers and plan your teachable subjects or specialties accordingly. I’m a French teacher, so that was my in for now. Good luck et bonne chance 🙂

Post # 9
729 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I’ve been in school since I graduated HS in 2000, I took one semester off and went back and I will graduate in December with any luck. So by then I will have been in school for 12 years! I will have a bachelors degree and an associates in nursing, I’ll probably still go back in a fwe years to get my bachelors in nursing!

I’m a career student….I feel your pain!

Post # 10
368 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

You are not alone. I took the longest time to decide what I want to do with my life.  I graduated from high school in 2001, then dabbled in the community college taking classes when I could afford them and changing majors every semester dropping classes or failing to finish classes because I didn’t like them, in general being a horrible student.  In 2007 I graduated with an associates in art.  I had planned on going to a four year school for marketing/advertising, but changed my mind last minute and moved halfway across the country instead.  When I returned to my home state, I buckled down and persued a nursing degree at the community college.  I will graduate from that in May and I plan on getting my BSN starting in the fall (which I will do online while working) then another 2 years to get my Masters.  Whew… I’m just taking it one degree at a time and not trying to look to far ahead because it all seems so far off!

Post # 11
2142 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@MissHighHeel: With museums it is very hard, if not impossible to get a job without a master’s, you may be able to scrape a part-time gig at a local museum or historic house with a BA but otherwise it’s Master’s or above. I interned with a department that hand a small hand of employees without grad/post grad work and they told me to not even bother looking at job listing until I was a year into my MA, there would be nothing (doesn’t help that we’re the first thing to be cut when budgets are cut). Thankfully FH makes enough that we can live off of his, which should be even better when we leave this sad little city.

Post # 12
562 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I’m in school now for my masters, and I’m not married yet. (We’re getting married after my first internship before my final internship.) My Maid/Matron of Honor is in the same program, and she got married this past summer. In a way, she says it’s easier being married. Right now, I have to do all my own cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping, housework, etc on top of all my classes and school work. As long as your hubby is supportive and willing to help out around the house, I think it would be easier to be married!

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