Post # 1
My parents did not go to college. My dad was was a pipe coverer and my mom was a first grade assistant, who now works at Lowe’s.
My sisters and I went to college and got advanced degrees – law, engineering, njrse anesthetist. I find it a little odd since they did not promote college or education. My mom would have pereferred us to live all in a one mile radius, build a house and stay home to make lots of babies!
How about you and your parents?
I was going to add poll but then realized it could get complicated with step parents, etc.
Post # 3
It was definitely normal for our parents generation to not go to college. My mom has a high school diploma and my dad had a bachelor’s degree
ETA: DH’s dad has a bachelor’s degree and his mom has a certificate – she’s an eye doctor tech
Post # 4
Everyone in my family has had some higher-level education of sort. Both my parents went to college, my mother is an OBGYN surgeon and my father a GP (or family practitioner).
Post # 5
My parents both have bachelor’s degrees, and encouraged us to attend college, as well. Although, now that my youngest brother is in school (youngest of 4), I think they are starting to like the idea of an associate’s, as it’s much cheaper and it seems that people are having an easier time finding jobs if they are specially trained (at least in my area).
Personally, I’d like to have a PhD, but I’m only a few classes into a MA program, so we’ll see what the future brings!
Post # 6
My dad is a pharmacist, and my mother has her BA. They promoted college up and down. I have my masters, and am possibly going on for a professional degree.
Post # 7
My mom has a BA, and my dad has an associate’s.
My husband’s dad has a BS (I think) and his mom didn’t go to college.
I have a masters degree and my husband has two masters. His brother has an associates and my sister has a BA.
Post # 8
My parents both graduated high school. Neither has a college degree but together they own a very successful construction company that they have been doing since I was in the womb. My parents told us if wanted to go to college they would support us- but neither my sister or I went to a “University”. My sister is a hair dresser, so she went to 10 months of school for that. I work for my parents company, and all of my friends who went to college don’t have jobs so I don’t feel so bad haha 😀
Post # 9
My father is an MD. My mother got her BA in her twenties and then her MSW and JD later in life after she had the three of us. She always emphasized the importance of education but I must admit, I’m a slacker. I’m 30 and only have my BA but I intend to go back to school and get either an MPH or MPA. My Mom is very pro higher education, I think my Dad is too but he never really vocalized it when I was growing up.
Post # 10
My Mom has an Associates and my Dad has a Masters. Me and my brother both have Bachelor’s degrees. We were definitly encouraged to go to college!
Post # 11
Both my parents went to college, but neither one finished (they both dropped out to join the Army, where they met and married). My stepmother put herself through medical school as a single mother with three children, and graduated shortly after marrying my father.
Post # 12
My Mom has her four-year Bachelor’s degree and my Dad has a two-year A.A. degree (which he obtained when his job at the time paid for it). My Mom went to school to be a high school teacher and became a secretary instead, which is how she met my Dad. She became a stay-at-home-wife after she and my Dad married (because he wanted her to) and then she became a stay-at-home-mom to me.
While they prepared monetarily for me to go to college, I was not encouraged one way or the other. They just wanted me to have the option to go, but would not begrudge me if I didn’t.
Edited: FI’s Dad never finished his Bachelor’s and his late-Mom finished highschool and bopped around from various retail-type jobs. FI’s Dad really stressed college (for a B.A. – just to have, for no other reason than just to say you have it) to him and his older brother. His older brother dropped out of college and Fiance just got his Bachelors (along with me).
Post # 13
My dad went to trade school to be a machinist and my mom went to school to be cosmotologist.
I’m in school for nursing (earning a bachelor degree) and my brother doesn’t plan on going to school after high school.
When I was little, they told us to go to college and now they say you don’t really need college so they kind of flip flop back and forth as to what’s a good idea.
Post # 14
My dad has his masters. My mom has her associates. They had 5 kids and none of us went to college. My sister is a Stay-At-Home Mom, My other sister is mentally challanged and lives at home still, I work in IT, My brother is in the Marine Corps and my yongest brother is taking some classes at a community college and working.
Post # 15
@sienna76: …they did not promote college or education. My mom would have pereferred us to live all in a one mile radius, build a house and stay home to make lots of babies!
This is EXACTLY my mom! Deep down she really wants the best for me (which is NOT that!) but she would have loved for me to stay right there in my small hometown…forever. My dad was always more encouraging for me to move away and do my own thing, though.
Neither of my parents had gone to college when I was growing up. My dad was in the military and my mom was a Stay-At-Home Mom. However, my mom has just now gotten her degree (and I am SOO proud of her! It was a huge hurdle).
Neither of them talked about college to me because they knew nothing about it. They were clueless when it was time for me to apply, but it all worked out. I got my Bachelor’s degree and am working on my Master’s now.
Post # 16
my mom has her masters in pediatric physical therapy and my dad had a BA in engineering.
Fiance dad is a M.D. and his mom is who knows.
all us kids went to undergrad and grad.