Post # 1
So I am going to be 25 next month and while I love my life, I regret not finishing college. Darling Husband did but not me. I work in medical and it just doesn’t fufill what I want to do. We are hopefully starting a family soon but I just have the urge to finish. Is it too late to start something new? I feel discouraged because all of my friends have already graduated :/ And where do I start? Any advice with online colleges?
I love art but no one is going to pay me to paint all day haha. I guess I just never had that moment where I knew what I wanted to do with my life. Just looking for advice for people who have been where I am.
Thank bees 🙂
Post # 3
- Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards
I would start with your local community college or the branch of Penn State that’s near you. Both will have evening classes that will allow you to work and go to school at the same time.
Online education is obviously growing by leaps and bounds, but you have to evaluate the programs very carefully.
Post # 4
I’m at Athabasca University right now and I love it. It’s all online, and there really isn’t any structure to it, other than they provide you with all your materials, they tell you what to read and let you know what the learning objectives are for each course. You have 6 months to finish a course, but if you want you can either order the course materials way ahead of time and start studying, or you can pay to get up to 3 two month extentions. I ordered my last course in June with a September 1 start date since I knew I’d be off for awhile this summer due to having surgery, but wasn’t sure how much I would feel like studying. I didn’t want to have to start in July, then get majorly side tracked with surgery and not be able to finish in the 6 months (plus work keeps making me take all these exams, which have really derailed my study plan in the past). I can do as much work as I want between when I get my materials and when my course actually starts, I just can’t submit any work or write any exams until after September 1. I’ve heard nothing but good things about Athabasca. My cousin has her Master’s from there and was able to get a super awesome job with it. While they are a Canadian university, they do accept international students.
Post # 5
@futuremrste: That sounds awesome. Thank you! I will check it out
Post # 6
@JRL2012: I honestly don’t think it’s ever too late to go back to school. My SO is about to finish up his bachelor’s and he’s 36! He had been in school years ago but life intervened and he couldn’t finish. So he went back at age 33. I’m proud of him. I’m 28 and I just started my Master’s online at Drexel University. I agree with Ms. Mink that online education is very popular, and also that you have to be really careful with the school you pick. You’ll want to make sure that it’s accredited. I’m not sur what you’re looking to study, but I’m really in love with Drexel at the moment. You might be able to find a good program there: http://www.drexel.com. The courses are 10 weeks, and since Drexel is on the quarter system, you can take classes all year round. For me, I’m going part time, so I take 2, 3 credit courses each quarter. Oh, and don’t let people tell you that online school is easier than a traditional classroom! the only “easy” part about it is that you don’t have to be in class during the work day. It’s convenient, but every bit as challenging (if not more) than a brick and mortar school.
Wow, that was long! Sorry for being so wordy this morning! I just really like school (I’m a nerd!)