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I Returned To College Late In Life

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    I'm A Late Bloomer...

    I did well at school, but never had the opportunity to study once I left school. I had to get married, and then the kids just used up all the energy and resources that was available. When I was 34 I started studying part- time for my Diploma. I finished that now I am upgrading...
    Grieta Grieta 41-45, F 4 Responses Jan 4, 2011

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    33 Years!

    Yes, 33 years after I graduated high school, I returned to college. Actually, I *should* say I went to college for the first time. I took the option of going to school, after having been laid off for the fifth time in ten years, inluding from a company I had worked for for...
    gillianmcg gillianmcg 56-60, F 2 Responses Jul 26, 2010

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    Not The Easiest Thing

    After 21 years in the military, I wondered what to do with the rest of my life. A lot of soul searching and it occurred to me that I might like to teach. I was an avid reader so the tought started to become clearer that college teaching might be the way to go. The MA wasn't bad...
    Fogarty Fogarty 51-55, M Mar 20, 2011

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    Needless to say, my initial recommendation is to actually consider your cause for setting up college; therapeutic massage therapy is this sort of a private and strongly...
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    radcliffe1 radcliffe1 26-30, M Jun 28

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    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jun 30

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    I tried to go back to college but I don't have enough grants to cover everything and I have no money to pay out of pocket and I can't get a loan. Make me feel like I'll be a loser...
    BryanaMarie94 BryanaMarie94 18-21, F Jul 7

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    My comfort zone is my security, but my prison as well. Let me start out by saying I'm a ****** college student, I failed most of my classes, and I have little to no backbone. Sure...
    LiesandLace LiesandLace 18-21 Jul 13

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    In a month, I should be starting my Sophomore year at University. Problem is, I might not be able to go back. Paying for college has to be the toughest thing I have ever had to...
    GloriousGrey GloriousGrey 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 14

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    Anyone have stories about their college life?
    ChangingUsername ChangingUsername 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 15

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