Continuing Education  

MWWwantsmore 51F
1594 posts
5/4/2006 4:44 am

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Continuing Education

In a previous post I talked about wanting a new job. I believe that what is holding me back from a better job is my education.

So I am looking into getting my Bachelor's Degree. There are a lot of colleges out there that offer the Accelerated Degree Programs. I just have to decide what area I want it in.

All of my work experience is in the healthcare field so the choices are a bit limited. It is scary thinking about returning to college the older I get.

I was actually thinking about management, there are still lots of options in the healthcare field.

So do you think that any age is too"old" to go back to school?

Kaliedascope61 41M
4084 posts
5/4/2006 5:04 am

I kick myself for not going when I was suppose to, the miltary did absoulty nothing to advance me in my life. But I am going back now at the ripe old age of 31 so I say its never to late to try and make your life better.

MWWwantsmore replies on 5/4/2006 2:45 pm:
Well if it makes you feel better, first time I EVER went to college I was 31!

redmustang91 57M  
8662 posts
5/4/2006 5:19 am

Go for it... consider teaching as they often pay for taking extra courses and getting a master's degree

MWWwantsmore replies on 5/4/2006 2:46 pm:
Only teaching I would be interested in is Special Education!

Djeeper1987 47M

5/4/2006 5:21 am

No way, no one is never too old to return to college. I myself am returning to refreshen some things I have forgotten in order to imrove my career as well. I wish you the best of luck!

Carpe Diem

MWWwantsmore replies on 5/4/2006 2:46 pm:
Thank you and good luck to you as well!

Phuc_Buddy 46M

5/4/2006 5:41 am

It is never too late to go back to school.

If it wasn't for the responsibility of running multiple companies and the time that takes up I would love to go back to grab another degree in a field related to what I do.

MWWwantsmore replies on 5/4/2006 2:47 pm:
Thanks, guess it cant hurt to try!

dasher121 36M

5/4/2006 6:12 am

congrats on taking on the challenge. I think no age is too old for school. you can always learn new things, skills, and trades. Hell, one summer I had a 65 yr old woman in my class. going for her first degree ever!! And she kicked some major ass hahaha.


MWWwantsmore replies on 5/4/2006 2:47 pm:
Good for her!

rm_skyeone2 64M/45F
7186 posts
5/4/2006 6:24 am

Sorry this is so long, but I felt you needed to read it!
Lovely Rose at 87

The first day of school our professor introduced himself and challenged us to get to know someone we didn't already know. I stood up to look around when a gentle hand touched my shoulder. I turned around to find a wrinkled, little old lady beaming up at me with a smile that lit up her entire being. She said, "Hi handsome. My name is Rose. I'm eighty-seven years old. Can I give you a hug?"

I laughed and enthusiastically responded, "Of course you may!" and she gave me a giant squeeze. "Why are you in college at such a young, innocent age?" I asked.

She jokingly replied, "I'm here to meet a rich husband, get married and have a couple of kids..."

"No seriously," I asked. I was curious what may have motivated her to be taking on this challenge at her age.

"I always dreamed of having a college education and now I'm getting one!" she told me.

After class we walked to the student union building and shared a chocolate shake. We became instant friends. Every day for the next three months we would leave class together and talk nonstop. I was always mesmerized listening to this "time machine' as she shared her wisdom and experience with me.

Over the course of the year, Rose became a campus icon and she easily made friends wherever she went. She loved to dress up and she reveled in the attention bestowed upon her from the other students. She was living it up.

Athe the end of the semester, we invited Rose to speak at our football banquest. I'll never forget what she taught us. She was introduced and stepped up to the podium. As she began to deliver her prepared speech, she dropped her 3x5 cards on the floor.

Frustrated and a little embarrassed she leaned into the microphone and simply said, "I'm sorry I'm so jittery. I gave up beer for Lent and this whiskey is killing me! I'll never get my speech back in order so let me just tell you what I know."

As we laughed she cleared her throat and began, "We do not stop playing because we're old; we grow old because we stop playing. There are only four secrets to staying young, being happy and achieving success. You have to laugh and find humor every day. You've got to have a dream. When you lose your dreams, you die. We have so many people walking around who are dead and don't even know it! There is a huge difference between growing older and growing up. If you are nineteen years old and lie in bed for one full year and don't do one productive thing, you will turn twenty years old. If I am eighty-seven years old and stay in bed for a year and never do anything I will turn eighty-eight. Anybody can grow older. That doesn't take any talent or ability. The idea is to grow up by always finding opportunity in change. Have no regrets. The elderly usually don't have regrets for what we did, but rather for things we did not do. The only people who fear death are those with regrets."

She concluded her speech by courageously singing "The Rose". She challenged each of us to study the lyrics and live by them out in our daily lives.

At the end of the year Rose finished the college degree she had begun all those years ago. One week after graduation Rose died peacefully in her sleep. Over 2000 college students attended her funeral in trubute to the wonderful woman who taught by example that it's never too late to be all you can possibly be.

These words have been passed along in loving memory of Rose. Remember, growing older is mandatory. Growing up is optional. We make a Living by what we get; we make a Life by what we give. "Good friends are like stars. You don't always see them, but you know they are always there."

Author unknown

No I don't believe that there is an age limit on when a person can go to college! weather there is any truth to this story or not is irrelevant, what is important is that ANYBODY can get an education if they want it!


Blessed Be

MWWwantsmore replies on 5/4/2006 2:48 pm:
Skye, thanks for sharing such a wonderful story!

mycin62 54F

5/4/2006 6:38 am

HELL NO, get your ass back in school. Check out Charter Oak College, they are very flexible about transfer credits and will give you credit for life experience too! GOOD LUCK!!!

MWWwantsmore replies on 5/4/2006 2:48 pm:
Thanks Cyn, I will look into that school!

iluvjbsinaz 55M

5/4/2006 8:04 am

No age is too "old" to go to school! Go, have fun, enjoy yourself, learn new and exciting things!

I would say jump into physics, but that's just my personal bias talking. But experiment, take a few classes because the title sounds interesting. Who knows, you may find something you really love but would have never considered otherwise.

MWWwantsmore replies on 5/4/2006 2:50 pm:
Physics? YUCK lol I did have fun in school last time I went!

ByteChaser2 53M

5/4/2006 10:55 am

Go for it! At 42, I just embarked on my first degree and hey if the kids don't like pops hangin out on campus (so to speak) eff em.

MWWwantsmore replies on 5/4/2006 2:50 pm:
Thanks hun and good luck to you as well!

fantasylover_05 62M

5/4/2006 11:31 am

You are never too old!!!

I have heard of a number of 60 and 70 year olds getting their degrees!!

Management is a pretty broad topic and can be applied to lots of things!!

Hell... I would be glad to teach you what I know!!

MWWwantsmore replies on 5/4/2006 2:51 pm:
Everyone wants a 4 year degree these days so I need to go for it!

aascrompn 42M
6444 posts
5/4/2006 12:25 pm

I don't believe you are ever too old. I had a 55 year old in my polotics class! If I ever win the lotto, I will go back to school, as I love to learn!

MWWwantsmore replies on 5/4/2006 2:52 pm:
Yeah thats my biggest issue, MONEY!

MaggiesWishes 60F

5/4/2006 12:57 pm

My inspiration in my freshman yr of college was a co-student of 64 yrs of age. Being a mere 17, I thought this was the Holy Grail of Old Age! But the more I thought on this, a thought that maybe there isn't an Old Age after all. Now, the more numerals that add to my yrs here, only seem to make that statement more true.
23 yrs later, I still do not feel old.

Check out your options! Education is there. Maybe your facility will reimburse you a % of your expenses. Make sure you get as many credits to transfer and ask about your work as a credit toward a core subject. check out the options at hospitals, they usually have a great program for upgrades in the medical field.

Keep us posted
Warm wishes 2ya

MWWwantsmore replies on 5/4/2006 2:52 pm:
Thanks Maggie! I know my employer wont help lol, I cant even get them to pay for a seminar!

docdirk 47M

5/4/2006 3:53 pm

Never too old!!! I'm so tantalizingly close to my BA that I'm truly an idiot for not finishing off those final credits. One of my "some day" items!

Ah, Its you again, Your Angel Feathers and your Blood Stains...

MWWwantsmore replies on 5/5/2006 4:14 am:
Yeah you are an idiot!

jd29992z 54M
3888 posts
5/4/2006 8:11 pm

You are never too old to learn! Go for it it will be fun and also all those hot young guys to look at ooooh should not have said that need to keep up your grades.

MWWwantsmore replies on 5/5/2006 4:14 am:
HMMM I hadnt thought of those perks

two41and14two 55M/49F

5/5/2006 11:11 am

whats the saying... how old will you be if you don't do it?

its hard to put things in perspective... so a little story.
a few yrs ago, on our 15th wedding anniversary, i was carrying on.... telling my husband, "15 yrs is so long... remember when.... remember when... etc". He finally, was tired of listening to me, looked at me and said, "Yep! only double that 'till we retire"
All of a sudden i started adding up yrs in my mind.
35 yrs old.
married 15 yrs
65yrs-35yrs=30 yrs
damn... is double that till we retire, lol

so here i am almost 40. at this age i have 25 yrs until i am 65. many people work much longer than that.

25 yrs is a long time in a career.
so are you too old to go back to school?
you're too young, and have too much life ahead of you to not go back.

so hard to be happy in this life anyway... i think you should do just exactly what it is you want to do.

best of luck to you!

MWWwantsmore replies on 5/5/2006 6:06 pm:
Thanks hun!

docdirk 47M

5/5/2006 5:41 pm

    Quoting docdirk:
    Never too old!!! I'm so tantalizingly close to my BA that I'm truly an idiot for not finishing off those final credits. One of my "some day" items!
Yeah you are an idiot!

Why, thank you sweety!!!

Ah, Its you again, Your Angel Feathers and your Blood Stains...

MWWwantsmore replies on 5/5/2006 6:06 pm:
Anytime Doc

rm_wetfingeraz 54F
3012 posts
5/6/2006 2:14 pm

I'm 43 and I just started the first class on the road to my bachelor's and eventual master's in Behavioral Sciences. It took me this long to figure out what I'm good at and what fulfills me. Age is just a number. I know that's a cliche, but it's true.

My 'side job' is at a school that offers an accelerated degree program, as well as on-line programs. I know that they have a couple different degrees in Health Care management, and I don't even know what all the ground campus' offer. You may want to look into that. Expensive? Yes, but there is always financial aid and various other types of low interest loans, as well as grants and scholarships.

But what ever you decide to do, congratulations on making the decision to improve your life, and the best of luck to you.

MWWwantsmore replies on 5/7/2006 6:09 pm:
Thanks Wet!

rm_simplysophia 46M/37F
140 posts
5/8/2006 9:16 am

i think it is a great idea that u want to go back to school. u r not the only one taking on this challenge and the word for people like u is non- traditional students. i am one of those.
i think u r in a better position that most young students, who dont take school seriously and dont realize how much doors a degree can open. especially if u want to advance and get a management position.
u have a hubby by your side to help you, the kids dont require that much attention anymore, the house project is going to be over soon, so what ois the next project for you?
why dont you take on sth more major and time consuming like getting a degree. the possibilities after that are huge.
so, my advice is go for it. do it for yourself.

rm_Kris5757 57M
1 post
6/5/2006 9:54 pm

Path of Learning
Far to often do the sands within the glass of time trickle downward with a quickness far beyond my limited grasp and comprehension. From the time of day when the sun slowly slips beyond a grouping of trees several arms length from my sight and those same trees then bring forth shelter from the nightly elements of wind and cold that caress my fleshly body as they sway from left to right till the time does come that a darkened evening sky becomes filled with the brightness of a round heavenly body glowing with iridescence, beckoning forth a side of each of us that would otherwise remained hidden deep under our painted exterior but feels free to come forth and experience the beauty of the world under a blanket of darkness till once again mine eyes are blessed by the wondrous sight of ribbons stretching forth to caress each sleeping tree and flower and stimulate life and movement which has become apart of each moment of my waking time, do I value what mine eyes have experienced.
With the passing of each night to day, the time which is mine is spent far to often, not as I would like, enjoying precious moments sharing the feelings and passions of others that cross my path and becoming part of a oneness with who they are, but hidden behind a cloak of separation.
Thus I wish to say to each of you to look beyond what you think or feel. Life is an experience.


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