Going back to school?

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  1. *blackrose

    *blackrose "I'm kupo for kupo nuts!"

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    I'm finishing up my BS degree this fall, while working full time. Only three classes left (Biochemistry and two literature classes so I can get my English minor), so I'll be going to school for nine credit hours + working 40 hours a week. Should be fun. ^^ I don't anticipate any more stress than I already have. I'm already used to going to school for 10-12 hours a day (classes are spread out, but it SUCKS killing time on campus), and then work 15-20 hours a week on top of that, which means I don't get any real time off. So starting in August I'll likely have three twelve hour days (work and school) and two eight hour days, but I get WEEKENDS. Whoohoo!
     
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    Ha, I started off working towards pre-med, now I'm well into a degree in Architecture. :p
     
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    drmom777 Bloody but Unbowed

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    I went back several times. I finished my undergrad in 1987, medical school ten years later, in 1997, and a year and a half ago went back to a residency training program and am a year and a half into my four year program. In two and a half years I'll be a board eligible psychiatrist and can finally get that big girl job--at the age of 51!!!!

    I am sorry about the interruptions, but not about getting those kids brought up and taking care of Molly.

    And I have never been sorry for a second about going back. I love my job. I love being a doctor. Go for what you want and love, every time.
     
  4. Laurelin

    Laurelin I'm All Ears

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    My problem is I don't really love much of anything that is a paying job, lol. I like my job now and I'd like to do engineering but I don't love it. It's interesting though. I would want to do geology or geophysics but you need a masters to get hired in those and so I'd need to do both masters and undergrad. Plus geology still requires a semester long field camp that does not sound fun to me.

    I'm a little bit nervous now because most the classes I'd need for an engineering degree from OU in the field I want look like they're offered during the day. I HOPE there's a way to do some of them online or at a different school.

    I need 72 hours max to get the degree I want. Sounds like a lot right now. :eek:
     
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    GlassOnion Thanks, and Gig 'em.

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    On the other hand, the Sooner you start the Sooner you get done.
     
  6. Laurelin

    Laurelin I'm All Ears

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    lol pun!

    I HATE OU with a passion. Even more than t.u. But they're the only school around here that offers what I want.
     
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    I finished my psychology degree, mucked around for a year trying to find something that I could use said degree for, then went back for Zoo Science. I just received news today that I have two semesters left and then I'm done :D

    Anyway, the second degree is WAY easier than the first. All you have to do is take whatever classes you still need. Even if you change schools you shouldn't have to take any of the basic crap schools make you take. I changed schools and even though they have a ton of classes new students need to take that I haven't taken, they're not making me take them. So yay lol.

    I really was NOT looking forward to a second bachelor's. But it's something I really, REALLY like, so that helps. It also makes my future look a lot more bright, with a degree that has a specific purpose. I should have done it when I first got out of high school, but I didn't, so I'm doing it now. That said, I have more opportunities doing it now that I would have had then. I get to volunteer and get credit for it - something that my advisor told me today he has never let anyone do before and probably won't let anyone do again, but it's EXACTLY what I need, so he's making a huge exception for me. That wouldn't have been the case 6 years ago.

    The biggest problem I ran into is financial aid. There is a cap for undergrad federal loans, and if you already have a degree all you get is loans and whatever the school decides to give you in scholarships. I'm very lucky that my school does offer scholarships to people working on a second degree, or it wouldn't work.
     

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