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Parents going back to college

GTalumGTalum 3042 replies25 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 3,067 Senior Member
My youngest has been out of college for 2 years. Somehow, I'm not feeling the life with an eye towards retirement and am enrolling this fall to get my doctorate (I have a master's and a post-masters certification). Perhaps it's because I have parents with dementia and I feel I need to continue not only the life of the mind, but to contribute to the world with meaningful research. I will also continue to work full time and take 6-9 credits per semester. Anyone else go back to school? Perhaps you should talk me out of it.
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  • HImomHImom 33959 replies387 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 34,346 Senior Member
    My mom went back for her master's in sprcial ed just before my older sister started. She used the money she earned to help with college expenses for us. She was a model student, earning top grades and seemed to enjoy the experience.

    My friend got her PhD while being in charge of and teaching the CC paralegal program in our state. She worked full time plus the PhD load.

    I admire those who do this and have flirted with it myself.
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  • NorthernMom61NorthernMom61 4087 replies29 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 4,116 Senior Member
    Not going to talk you out of it, but rather say, go for it. Took three graduate level courses as refresher and for recertification rather than the relatively easier CEU programs, and while it was a lot of work in addition to working full time, it was also very stimulating and I learned a lot. I was really proud of the projects that I did too. Best of luck.
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  • oneofthosemomsoneofthosemoms 350 replies1 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 351 Member
    I'm embarking on master's #2 this fall. I haven't been making the best use of my free time since my S went to college so I'd like to be more productive. I had one parent who stayed physically and mentally active throughout life and didn't develop dementia; the other parent the opposite. I know that's not a guarantee for my future but I'd like to try the path that had the more positive result.
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  • BunsenBurnerBunsenBurner 38414 replies465 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 38,879 Senior Member
    Want to give a huge shoutout to @oldmom4896 after seeing her recent post about going back to school. Way to go!!!

    (Speaking of typing... I am a pen and paper gal. I am not the fastest typist... but I managed to beat more than 90% of my younger classmates who typed lightening fast. B-) )
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  • jrcsmomjrcsmom 926 replies24 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 950 Member
    I finished my MBA/MS program the same year my son finished HS.

    I occasionally look into going back for my doctorate, but haven't done it yet. My son's finishing his BS in December, maybe then it's my turn to go back.
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  • GTalumGTalum 3042 replies25 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 3,067 Senior Member
    edited September 2017
    5 weeks into my program. It's going OK but I really have a steep learning curve to improve my research skills with multiple data bases and different search terms. Perhaps folks can help suggest their best data base organizer and other APN formatting tools. It is fun @veruca to have my cited works done so easily! Wonderful @oldmom4896 You are an inspiration. An MSW is a challenging program.
    edited September 2017
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  • CountingDownCountingDown 13323 replies110 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 13,433 Senior Member
    @oldmom4896, I see a LCSW-C who is 71. She sees this as a career she can continue for as long as she wants.

    Way to go, all of you!
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  • katliamomkatliamom 12745 replies167 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 12,912 Senior Member
    You're all amazing and inspiring!
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  • BunsenBurnerBunsenBurner 38414 replies465 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 38,879 Senior Member
    Congrats @oldmom4896 ! Great job. Pretty soon you will be amazed how much free time you will have! ;)
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  • GTalumGTalum 3042 replies25 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 3,067 Senior Member
    Congrats @oldmom4896! I did well but I spent days learning how to do research and organize my data! But, I ended the semester with a 98 average!
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  • hannuhyluhannuhylu 323 replies2 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 325 Member
    Nope...Ive learned far more during self study, youtube, and google than any class. (Labs excluded)

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  • techmom99techmom99 3386 replies6 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 3,392 Senior Member
    Our local CC offers some classes that you can audit for free at age 60. I want to take classes like chemistry that I avoided in HS and college because I didn't want to destroy my GPA for going to law school. I studied honors chem with S17 and found that I enjoyed it. I have a JD so I don't need any further degrees, but I would like to learn for the sake of it without being concerned about my grades.
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