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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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    After falling behind I got in 4 assignments in

    Forensics and got A, 's on all of them yaaaaaayyyy!!!! I am still behind but it gives me confidence :)
    SolitaryElf SolitaryElf 41-45, F 6 Responses May 4

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    I dropped out of college Pour yourself a cup of coffee or tea to prepare yourself for my past experience. Honestly I had no other choice nor any help. I guess you may say that I...
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    I got married in my late 20s because I was worried I would not find someone better later on if I waited. I pretended it was what I wanted and told my self it was just cold feet I...
    seahawk3576 seahawk3576 31-35, M 3 Responses May 9

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    I'm 23 going on 24 & I am what you would call a late bloomer. I was born with a plastic spoon in my mouth. Yes you read that right lol. Anyway my parents always worked hard...
    DaCreativeChild DaCreativeChild 22-25, F May 11

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    I have a lot of problems socially and I never took criticism very well. I suspect I am autistic but was never diagnosed because I never had any developmental delays. I'm 20 now and...
    literaldisaster literaldisaster 18-21, T May 14

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    Like the title says, I'm a habitual procrastinator and it is coming full circle to screw me over in life with it's bloody vengeance. What you don't understand however, is that...
    Tsukasa102 Tsukasa102 18-21 1 Response Apr 27

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    I stay up till around 3 every night. But I wake up early. The late night is peaceful.
    gotzddem gotzddem 22-25, F 3 Responses 23 mins ago

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    My first year at 6th form college didn’t go great, it was soon apparent to me that I was mixing with pupil’s with a greater intellect than I, plus the fact I didn’t want to...
    petebon petebon 51-55, M May 3

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    There is a great deal on the web for suicide prevention, but nothing for my situation. I'm on meds. I have a good therapist that I see regularly. I'm in a god marriage. I'm...
    AloneAndSeparate AloneAndSeparate 51-55, F 1 Response May 10

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    I'm 19 years old and it's been almost a year since I graduated high school. I remember having plans to at least attend the nearby community college, start investing my time into...
    WardenChult WardenChult 18-21, M 3 Responses May 15

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    Well.. It has been 3 years studying in my college, but somehow it feels hollow. I feel as if I am living someone else's life. I do not feel any passion in what I am doing right now...
    sandpapar sandpapar 18-21, M 3 days ago

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    I graduated from a college in Boston I can honestly say it was one of the most hardest times in my life an busyist I was preety popular their was teachers their who I hated an as...
    batman1a batman1a 31-35, M May 9

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    It would be just ******* grand to have a clear, simple list of things to accomplish for an assignment or test or something. Sadly, my professors just ramble on and on about things...
    thisissamwut thisissamwut 18-21, M 4 Responses May 4

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    When I graduated college a year ago, I thought I had my life all figured out. I had a good job right out of college and I had plenty of friends and family who were living near-by...
    dardanelles dardanelles 22-25, M May 10

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    I just started college like last week. Idk I just think I don't seem to fit in the group of friends I have now. They're all staying on campus but I live nearby so I go back home...
    looseflannel looseflannel 16-17, F 5 Responses May 13

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    I don't think I'm going to a college. Maybe a community college for two years, but that's it. After that I think I'm done with education for a while. I wanna live a fun life. I...
    jacepierson jacepierson 18-21, M May 13

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    Another night of no sex and me having to go to the sofa because the ear plugs do not block the snoring. Living in a little 2-bedroom apartment with my husband, 3 teenagers, 2 dogs...
    BlueIris1962 BlueIris1962 51-55 2 days ago

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    I meet this guy from matrimonial site, he contact me and than started chasing me in a way that lot of phone calls and messages and i started to like the way he was doing all that...
    destinyandlife destinyandlife 26-30, F May 1

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    So I'm doing this college project and I have a general idea what I'm going to do but I have no idea how college works. it scares me to death and I feel like I have no one in my...
    thegirlinred thegirlinred 18-21, F 1 Response May 9

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    Life is a funny thing that no one requests to have. One day your existence isn't even thought of. The next day it's a possibility. Then, you're real. Day 1 We come into this...
    RedHwaiting RedHwaiting 18-21, F a week ago

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    I know I already wrote a story for this experience but whatever, I feel like writing another one. I'm supposed to walk on Friday and this is a day I've been dreading for the past...
    JewStar4Life JewStar4Life 22-25, F Apr 26

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    Damn, I bombed it pretty nasty this semester. I was looking over my grades and noticed a sharp decline. I went from getting A's and B's to F's. Damn. I need to get my **** straight...
    SaiyanCat SaiyanCat 18-21, M 6 Responses Apr 29

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    I had been trying to be "zen" about still being unemployed - but honestly, I am just angry at the whole ordeal. It's not that I "deserve" a job after graduating college, but isn't...
    gillybeans gillybeans 22-25, F 3 Responses Apr 29

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    In a few months I leave for college. To become the person I always wanted to be. It will only be 14 months but I have a whole long running around in my mind. what will it be...
    MarineGirlfriendMary MarineGirlfriendMary 18-21, F Apr 30

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    Hello ladies and gents!I am about to turn 20 years old and I feel old as hell. Time doesn't stop and that is whats so scary. I don't want to just exist, I want to live! I am from...
    TayRayy TayRayy 18-21, F 2 Responses May 16

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    Yeah, I do. I'm currently a registered nurse and to school to get my Bachelor's in nursing. I'm hoping to be done paying them off by December/January time. The reason I don't like...
    Elsahen Elsahen 22-25, F a week ago

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    One of the interesting things I've learned about college is how much it changes you. So much can happen in one year, and I feel like a different person, in a good way. I feel like...
    Jillbill8 Jillbill8 18-21, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    Why, why, why, why is it that most of the people who are against abortion are people you wouldn't want to fvck in the first place, huh? Boy, these conservatives are really...
    kittykat419 kittykat419 18-21, F 1 hr ago

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    Grandpa is sick...lying on the bed ,he needs people feed him foods..I seek an answer ," why people come to live in this world ,and end up just die and leave this world " what is...
    Farmerwork Farmerwork 22-25, F May 2

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    The struggle is real, hard work means money, money means college, college means money and visit her. Eta to college three months.
    NomadAngel117 NomadAngel117 18-21, M May 5

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    Recently, I have had quite a few life changing events that have happened. Looking back on some things, I probably would have changed some things sooner, but I can’t control the...
    Haywee123 Haywee123 22-25, F May 5

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    I dropped out an year back due to falling grades. I thought i would do something on my own like jobs lol but more than an year later i am still at home. I think of going back but...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Apr 28

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    One reason: have had to deal with people's who egos were out of whack my whole life. People who always though they were better than me. People who thought 2 + 1 = 4 and everyone...
    QuestionMarks QuestionMarks 41-45, F 1 Response Apr 29

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    Round like a circle in a spiral Like a wheel within a wheel Never ending on beginning On an ever-spinning reel... ...Like the circles that you find In the windmills of your mind...
    stiltcourt stiltcourt 41-45, F 2 Responses May 5

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    I was at the shops purchasing a few groceries only an hour ago. Debating as to whether or not to purchase a shopping bag, I declined. After all, I managed to carry the items to the...
    SuumCuique SuumCuique 31-35, F 5 Responses May 11

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    So incredibly disappointed and discouraged right now. I planned to complete seven units over summer session but that can't happen anymore. I wanted to take an English class and a...
    MedicineCabinet MedicineCabinet 18-21, F 2 Responses