I am a college student. I just went back to school. I am 36. I consider myself intelligent but I never finished school because life happened.  I am trying to finish my engineering degree. I have 4 years left.  I cannot take  afull load because I work as well so that four years will be more like 6 or 7. I feel like maybe I should quit and look for something attainable sooner. I love math and engineering but by the time I finish I will be 42 or 43 and by then who is going to want to hire me? Please help me decide what to do.  The whole point of this was to show I could make something of myself, but I feel liek I missed out on my chance to make life happen for me. I'm starting to get depressed.
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2 Responses Nov 19, 2010

I'm 50 and going back for a certificate. Don't feel bad, that's the way it is nowadays.

Hi, if you are still in school, than I would say try hard to finish it fast. If you are determined you can do it in less than 4 years. Ask the secretaries if the department can assign you an adviser to plan ahead, and use the tutoring system I am sure they have to help you keep the pace. Maybe you should go for something that takes less time, nobody can decide for you but yourself, but think it over. By the way, even when over 40 you can get a job if you really study through school. maybe it will be possible to get a job at the university you attend, it will cut your tuition quite a bit and it makes your life easier.<br />
I read through your stories, and I hope your life is a bit more settled by now, at least.<br />
Good luck!