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  • BunsenBurnerBunsenBurner 38399 replies465 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 38,864 Senior Member
    Congrats @oldmom4896 ! Great job. Pretty soon you will be amazed how much free time you will have! ;)
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  • GTalumGTalum 3041 replies25 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 3,066 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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  • surfcitysurfcity 2478 replies59 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 2,537 Senior Member
    Nope...Ive learned far more during self study, youtube, and google than any class. (Labs excluded)

    Is that what you would advise a HS student? that Google and YouTube can replace formal education?

    Apples and oranges to me. Kudos to everyone back in the classroom! I would love to join you - when I see the course catalog for D's school I am very jealous! My job is very satisfying now and fulfills some of the need I think education would. But I would go back in a heartbeat!
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  • VeryHappyVeryHappy 18312 replies322 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 18,634 Senior Member
    This thread is making me seriously consider trying Spanish. I tried it about two years ago and was too darn busy to keep up.
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  • HImomHImom 33934 replies387 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 34,321 Senior Member
    I downloaded the iPhone app for Spanish on Duolingo (free) and am renewing my acquaintance with the language which I took in HS & college. It's easy and you can do it at your own pace. It has helped me, tho I'm still NOT fluent.
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  • verucaveruca 1304 replies91 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,395 Senior Member
    I wound up dropping one class but I made As in the other two. I have really enjoyed being back at school -It was a good distraction from my empty nest.
    I would like to mention this to anyone young or old going back to Vo-tech- check and see what the average GPA is for what ever program you are interested in. I assumed vo-tech would not be competitive, but it is. At least for the allied health programs and I think some of the other programs as well. I learned that the program I am interested in has 150 applicants for 20 slots and I understand most of the Allied health (radiology tech, sonography, OT assistant etc...) are similar.
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  • FallGirlFallGirl 7989 replies27 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 8,016 Senior Member
    @HImom - I am a Duolingo dropout (Spanish), but S has a friend who has become fluent in Portuguese that way.
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  • HImomHImom 33934 replies387 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 34,321 Senior Member
    edited December 2017
    There’s Rosetta Stone and other programs as well. Our neighbor taught himself so well on some old programs that he could conduct business in Mandarin! He has my greatest respect as that’s not something my kids could do even by taking classes for several years. Their pronunciation and tones were good but they just found it very difficult.
    edited December 2017
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  • oldmom4896oldmom4896 3822 replies285 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 4,107 Senior Member
    I started school the same day in August that my daughter started her senior year classes in college. She loves that I went back to school.

    Now I have to figure out how to go to her graduation in May!
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  • LizardlyLizardly 2486 replies11 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 2,497 Senior Member
    Somehow I missed this thread. I am playing with the idea of going back to school to get a masters, in the meantime taking courses to get ready, like how to do research type courses.

    I am attending a large, local public U that has a diverse student body. There are kids just out of high school and old folks like me. Lots of vets and retired military looking for a career change at this school. A good number of students who are putting themselves through school and so are not on the four year plan. The most intimating part has been the tech. The young students have no problem with it while I have to call my kids for help. But I am better organized and not tempted by parties. I also struggle with how much to reveal about myself and my background. I do feel very different from the other students: older, better educated, better off. I have been THE oldest person in my classes despite the presence of retired military. I am older than the professors. The age part doesn't bother me per se, but the stuff that comes with it, like having seen more of the world, I feel like I have to be discrete about.(An example: chit chatting with fellow students on a group project we were talking about what we were doing over a long weekend. They were going to various parties. I was flying to Hawaii. I didn't mention that.) I am trying to fit in!

    I have done well so far and am having a blast.Why didn't I start taking classes years ago? I am worried about this coming semester and possible parent health problems causing me to have to drop a class.
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  • BunsenBurnerBunsenBurner 38399 replies465 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 38,864 Senior Member
    Lizardly - that is about how I felt when I was going through my program. The tech did not scare me, but some other issues did. For example, I don't type as fast as the youngsters, but there was no way in hell I would handwrite my exams. I managed to type 6-7 pages in the time the fastest of them cobbled up 13! But the profs apparently liked brevity and quality over quantity, so my exams were consistently in the top pile. :) Go for the degree - you will not regret it.
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