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It sucks that I'm 23 years old and still in college

TheAverageJoe71TheAverageJoe71 8 replies41 postsRegistered User Junior Member
I sometimes feel like it kind of sucks that I'm 23 years old and still in college. I started right out of high school and haven't taken any time off, but I am only attending part-time, so I am a little behind because of that. Of course then, I have my own reasons for why I can't go to school full-time.
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  • AspiringacademicAspiringacademic 116 replies3 postsRegistered User Junior Member
    edited April 30
    Hey, I'm twenty-three years old and I'm going to graduate when I'm around twenty-five. All of our lives take their own paths. Mental illness derailed mine, and now I'm working on transferring after being enrolled at an elite LAC. You can't always control the circumstances you're thrown into, but you can make the best of what you're given.
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  • TQfromtheUTQfromtheU 1540 replies17 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    Do the best you can for you. You are on your own path. Consider taking classes during the summer if you aren't doing that now.
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  • cptofthehousecptofthehouse 28767 replies56 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    My son was in his 30s when he went back and finished up. My neighbor in her 50s. Many of us take courses all of our lives.
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  • MaineLonghornMaineLonghorn 37822 replies2063 postsSuper Moderator Super Moderator
    It's a non-issue. There are many, many people older than you who are still in school. My son, 24, is one of them. Be thankful you are healthy enough to go to college at all, because my other son is not.
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  • damon30damon30 1147 replies5 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    @TheAverageJoe71 Most variations of your thread title have an older age than 23.
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  • zettasyntaxzettasyntax 1479 replies14 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    I was in the same situation. I was 22 and barely starting my junior year at USC - the spring semester at that. My path was a bit non-traditional. I was just the typical East LA kid that dropped out of high school mere months into the 9th grade. I was 14, I believe. I tried to do other things, but ultimately decided to get my GED a few years later (at 17). I was only a part-time student as well and it took me 4 years to get out of community college. I remember taking this one GE class where we did a group activity and people went around saying their ages. I felt so old being around all of these 18 year olds. I took summer classes to try and rush my graduation. I got to walk in the commencement ceremony, but I wasn't done with classes quite yet. I had to take another summer semester and officially graduated just one month shy of my 24th birthday. I had quite the enlightening summer though. I found out that one of my lab partners was 27 years old! I sure couldn't tell he was older than me. And that's the thing. Nobody knows how old you are. You don't go around wearing a sign announcing your age to the world. You blend in. I also took a gerontology class and it involved education and aging. It surprised me how many retired people actually go back to school because they want to try something new or simply because they didn't have the opportunity to attend college when they were of "college age". If anything, that class taught me that you're never too old to get an education. Sorry if this was a bit long, but I was very much in your shoes. I actually wish that I didn't rush my experience. My academic counselor estimated that I'd graduate Spring 2018, but I did everything in my power to make sure I graduated by Summer 2017 to ensure that I'd walk in the 2017 commencement ceremony. I could have enjoyed another semester or two, but instead, I let my insecurity over my age get to me.
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  • LindagafLindagaf 9017 replies489 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    I finished college when I was 24. It didn’t suck.
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  • MWolfMWolf 1281 replies8 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited May 2
    Where I grew up, people who do their undergraduate degree start at the age of 22 or older. They do not have problems doing well anywhere. Anybody who does a gap year and has a fall birthday will still be be in college at the age of 23, and there are many programs which take more than four years.

    The difference between the ages of 24 and 22 is truly negligible, in comparison to your entire life. The important part is that you have that college education, and that you graduate. The difference is between those who graduate, and those who don't, not between those who graduate in four years and those who take longer because they are attending part time.

    In your case, the fact that you're 23 and still in college is a major win, and something of which you should be extremely proud.
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  • BellaMorganBellaMorgan 87 replies1 postsRegistered User Junior Member
    I feel like you are still young, there's nothing if you graduated at the mid-20s or later than the said age. A lot of people at your age wants to go back to school, being a student is fun never rush things up.
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  • caliguy9999caliguy9999 10 replies1 postsRegistered User New Member
    Everyone moves at their own pace. You got this.
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  • cptofthehousecptofthehouse 28767 replies56 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    Average college student older than you.
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  • EmpireappleEmpireapple 1557 replies25 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    Some of us are way older than you and wish that we were still in college or had the resources to get another degree. Enjoy it. Time goes too fast.
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  • sensation723sensation723 555 replies1 postsRegistered User Member
    I graduated when I was 24. I could only take 12 credits per semester because I was working as well. You do what you can afford to do. You are not alone.
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  • bgbg4usbgbg4us 1233 replies37 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    it's funny - I remember years ago being in college at age 19 - and there was a gal who was 23 in my class. We all thought she was old, and wondered why she was still there.

    fast forward 4 years -- I was still in college at age 23. It turned out fine and fun; and got my dream job when I graduated partly because i had a few more experiences. There is VERY little difference between 21-22-23 -- do Not worry over this. Stay strong, enjoy and keep at it.
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  • NorthernMom61NorthernMom61 4107 replies29 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    How old are you going to be if you aren't in college? It really doesn't matter what your age is. What really matters is actively working towards finishing a degree.
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  • MoonKnightMoonKnight 377 replies9 postsRegistered User Member
    Don't feel bad. I know a person who is in 30 who is still in college.
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  • BellaMorganBellaMorgan 87 replies1 postsRegistered User Junior Member
    Never rush thing, everything takes time. Trust me when I say that it will be worth the wait. I have a friend who has been kicked out of college then get back to school after a year of break. It did take her 7 years to get her degree but I have never seen her get disappointed about life.
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  • ProfessorPlum168ProfessorPlum168 3845 replies83 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    Just wait until you’re over 50 and in a job where your manager is 20 years younger than you. That’s when you are old.
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  • EconPopEconPop 87 replies2 postsRegistered User Junior Member
    I sometimes feel like it kind of sucks that I'm 23 years old and still in college. I started right out of high school and haven't taken any time off, but I am only attending part-time, so I am a little behind because of that.
    Obligatory Joke: OLD? That's not old. I have ties that are older then 23 years old!
    Seriously, I do.

    23 is not too old to be in college. I have a friend who completed two years of college by the time he was 21, dropped out, worked for 25 years, and completed his BS at 46, his Masters at 49, and is now nearly finished with his PhD.

    And I have other friends who had dropped out of college by 23 and never finished. Not to mention all those many people who never attended college in the first place.

    Be proud of your journey through life. It is yours. Without your journey, you would not be who you are. Besides, ten years after you graduate, you will never look back and think that you graduated "too late".
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