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I Returned To College Late In Life

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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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    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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    I've been struggling with this thought for a while now. It's an awful feeling. Knowing you're not on the right path but not knowing what the right path is. It's been overwhelming...
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    Not on the right path, but which is? And this weekend consisted of my relatives giving me advice about how to behave and what to do when I'm over there. Everyone is looking...
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    I had two big goals after graduating college and I haven't been able to achieve them. Now I'm stuck working in retail, single, and living in an area I hate. I'm planning a move to...
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    Yes I did but that was only the beginning of trouble-In 2003 after 14 years years together,12 years of marriage,and two children. We met and were married in Spain,but resided...
    Valentindelapontes Valentindelapontes 41-45, M Mar 22

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    I met my soul mate in college and the bond and love between us was incrediable. We both were madly in love and were inseparable. We both are middle eastern I had lots of Suitor ad...
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    Well I have been asked to share another adventure with you. So this one is my Put-In-Bay Ohio story. The year was 2012 and it was early summer and a friend in the ARMY national...
    tornsin tornsin 31-35, M 2 Responses Mar 26

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    I was pretty much made fun of/bullied my whole life... Well from 1st grade till 12th. I don't really know why I was made fun of... Was it because I have selective mutism? Or the...
    OneWithTheSkies OneWithTheSkies 18-21, F 3 Responses Mar 31

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    I am 22 years old going on 23 and I have never felt more lost. I just graduated from college and have a bachelors degree in Speech Pathology. In order to do anything with my major...
    lostinthecrowd36 lostinthecrowd36 22-25, F 1 Response Apr 9

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    hayleylynn hayleylynn 18-21, F 1 Response 5 hrs ago

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    I don’t know what to do. I want to stop going to college. But I am afraid of the consequences. I personally want to drop out. But I also don’t want the disapproval of...
    4Rae 4Rae 18-21, F 4 Responses 3 days ago

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    As I write the is, overwhelming guilt best describes what I feel. I have what some would consider a good life: married with two daughters, and employed as a nurse. I acknowledge...
    LanguishingSoul LanguishingSoul 26-30, F Mar 31

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    ONESTARRYSTARRYNIGHT ONESTARRYSTARRYNIGHT 26-30, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    Met with some dear college friends today. For as much as I miss the carefree days of college, I am more satisfied with the life I have now. I have less fear of the unknown than I...
    MJ383 MJ383 41-45, F 1 Response Apr 4

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    My life is good, full of adventure, drama, deadlines to make, friends to hang with, late nights, skateboard park, surfing... college life.
    XxTwistedAngelxX XxTwistedAngelxX 18-21, M Apr 11

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    Paying all of these fees in addition to the extra fees later on is annoying. I'm an art student who wants to be a teacher later in life. WHY is this so hard, expensive, and time...
    shestehsweetest shestehsweetest 18-21, F a week ago

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    After graduating high school, I was accepted into a program called Criminology. I was so excited about it, and thought everything would be great. So now, in my second year and...
    deserayrich deserayrich 18-21, F 3 Responses 6 days ago

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    I knew that my college was a bad fit the day my parents moved me in freshman year when I and my dad both cried. I chose, after a considerable amount of pressure from my mom, to...
    michaelame michaelame 18-21, F 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    College life in movies is so inaccurate and different from what it really is. When I was younger and watched movies with college kids, they were finding true love, partying all...
    Moonlight0runner Moonlight0runner 18-21, F 3 Responses 1 day ago

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    signing up for spring semester in two weeks! I'm kind of stressed out about it because I've been taking random classes while having a psychology major. next week I'm gonna try...
    WeirdOtaku WeirdOtaku 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 4

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    I was born in 1974. I am part of that first generation to grow up on computer usage. That first generation for whom having a computer in the home was like having a refrigerator...
    lovingone lovingone 36-40, F 4 Responses Apr 4

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    I hate my life right now... why u ask. well, because I'm a college graduate that has never used her degree for a career. I am unemployed not by choice (laid off). I have been...
    jess62186 jess62186 26-30, F 2 Responses Mar 23

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    I'm going to college in the fall and I'm not that smart so I'm going to communitee college. I don't like a lot of my classmates but there's a couple of them going to be there too...
    cbanda123 cbanda123 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 10

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    school is beyond difficult and i'm tired of dealing with my parents for money. They still provide for me. I've worked 10 jobs and never really manage to save enough money for a...
    ninashah69 ninashah69 26-30, F 1 Response Apr 5

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    We all make mistakes!! Yours happens to be blessing in disguise. I went to college in 94' and wish I had half the advice, experience, new technology, and college courses that...
    klh0407 klh0407 36-40, F 1 Response Apr 8

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    I've never been so unprepared for class. I'm always early and always have all my materials. well, I left my house 5 minutes late, drove around campus for 10 minutes trying to find...
    lizygurl lizygurl 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 9

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    So here I am. My Bachelor's course is officially over. Have to attend just a few more project vivas and then it's all over. The moment I got admission into that college, I was...
    Tawheed1994 Tawheed1994 18-21, M 1 Response Mar 27

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    Everyone says college is nothing like high school and that there are no "cliques". Those people are so wrong. College is just like high school except the assignments and exams are...
    Etherealrose Etherealrose 18-21, F Mar 29

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    That moment when you realize you have a quiz over a book you haven't read yet... My english professor thought that it was a fantastic idea to make us all purchase a copy of this...
    lizygurl lizygurl 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 1

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    I'm going to college at the age of 16. I'm not really sure with the course I'm taking because I really have no plans in life and stuff.
    TheKDoomsday TheKDoomsday 16-17, F 6 days ago

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    My life- Is hell Is a struggle Is a fight Is a hard life Is a confusing thing Yet it is beautiful
    RainbowWolf13 RainbowWolf13 13-15, F 1 Response 18 hrs ago

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    So much work, never enough time. Even the word college sends me into a rage. I don't know what it is about the word but it makes me snap and bark like an angry dog. I have felt...
    CyanideAndCupcakes CyanideAndCupcakes 18-21, M 4 Responses Mar 28

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    Really wish I didn't need college in order to set myself apart from the bottom of the barrel. Wish I didn't need college for the jobs I'm actually interested in. Longest semester...
    Twichl Twichl 18-21, F 3 Responses Apr 4

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    meeeghanp77 meeeghanp77 18-21, F Apr 7

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