Collegemom, and everyone else,
My college credits are between 5 and 20 years old. I recently submitted a copy of my unofficial college transcript to a SUNY school for them to review and in about 10 days they will get back to me about what classes they will accept towards a degree. I suspect they would accept all of them but I could be wrong.
My goal with obtaining a college degree has always been unclear to me. I would hope to find a better paying job?
As someone that is already 40 years old with no college degree I can admit my job prospects are on the fringes of society. I tend to only land jobs without any upward mobility. Most people I observe in management positions have masters degrees.
I think a degree, even an associates degree may open up some new opportunities.
One reason that I lagged behind with obtaining the degree was that I wanted to be financially responsible and not be a debtor. Instead of paying my way through colleges I self taught myself with books at libraries and interlibrary loans.
I am self disciplined enough to construct my own educational path. I am an autodidact that essentially avoided a lot of the education systems.
Currently I am not in any debt. I am in the green. But going to college full time would probably end that green streak.
Thanks, yeah I have a good amount of potential for earning life experience college credits, and that is an important factor with selecting a college. I have obtained a couple professional licenses, and computer certifications, and I have a set of a scientific publications on record as well. So I really hope those achievements can speed up my time towards reaching a degree milestone.
My original career path and direction during college was just art and music, so they put me on a Liberal Arts path. Back then I think a Liberal Arts path was okay but today it is frowned upon as a useless career direction?
Things have changed, and so have I. Today I am not into music and I am more serious and business like. I have operated my own small business before, a cleaning service.
So there is this crossroad.
Here I am 40 years old and still on a pathway towards an A.A. degree, meanwhile, it is like I should be on the A.S. or B.S. road now. And! My problem with that is that once I switch from an AA to an AS (business administration) a lot of my credit hours that I have already accumulated would probably not remain applicable towards a business degree path (note: almost all of my elective courses were in Art and Music classes).
Thanks for replying with some college choices. I am confused why do you recommend out-of-state schools? Remember I am in New York and the out-of-state tuition would be over the top. Are those that you listed for mostly online-only platforms?
I would relocate to another state or even another country for a college degree.
Lastly, I wrote CLEP’s into my notes. Those are new to me.
You asked why do I want to stick with SUNY or CUNY? Honestly, I kid you not, I am somewhat dense about finding the school that is right for me. It’s overwhelming, and since those are both big college systems in New York, I figured that would be a place to start.
Some years ago I registered with CUNY. It took forever for them to accept my application. I did become a registered student with CUNY but then it was like the whole dream fell apart before my very eyes. Maybe it was bad onboarding, or bad guidance and planning, who knows really.
My path at CUNY was business administration and I wanted to pursue their masters degree program in real estate at Baruch College. My application for CUNY included letters of recommendations from two recognized professors, one of them international. Their decision surprised me, that I was not accepted into Baruch. They placed me at a lower level, at Borough of Manhattan Community College.
At one point I was a new student at BMCC and ready to buy books, and fully devoted to attending full time, but it seemed like there was a missing link in the financial aid area. Well there I was, an adult student signed up with a full time schedule at their college, but then I was like, uh, how am I going to pay rent and buy any food? Something was amiss there and it seemed to me that their financial aid department shafted me. I was devastated and then dropped out of BMCC.
Today, I cannot tolerate amateur college admissions staff. I am a mature and professional student. I need to have skilled professionals in my corner, so I am steering clear of CUNY for now.
Collegemom and Austinmshauri,
You are right on the money about needing to clarify my goal. That is paramount.
I signed up at this message board because I am admittedly confused and overwhelmed how or why to proceed, but I need to do something with myself! I have a big and active mind on my shoulders!
The thing is that a lot of my attempted career paths do not fully require a college degree? I could be wrong, you see,
Music and Art for the most part can be self taught. A person could possibly learn more about music by just jumping in a doing the real thing in real life settings and not just sitting safely in college.
Real Estate? Who are we really kidding here: Real Estate is mostly about having the right connections or just having tons of money to get started. I have neither of those yet!
Other than that a person could probably do like I did: get a real estate license and pursue the career with grit, but look at me, my results with trying it that way speaks for itself. I am gritty and hardworking and it never landed me an entry level career in real estate sales, or property and asset management.
Not even an office job at a real estate firm.
I tried getting my foot in the door with real estate appraisal as well. What I often found was that Catch22 with people telling me I needed experience just get get my foot in the door. So that was a troublesome quagmire.
You are reading this from someone that has applied for literally an incredible amount of jobs. I have given it a whole lot and a significant chunk of my time has been spent unemployed and underemployed, always applying and applying and applying, and struggling through lower end survival jobs.
Meanwhile I meet people with careers who I can just size up and tell that they likely did not experience as much turmoil getting their foot in the door and getting the ball rolling. Somebody helped give them a leg up. Or maybe they just got a college degree and that did most of the talking for them.
So maybe college is something I have always considered just a safe place away from the real world? It is like a place to go learn and bide time while just hoping to meet the right people while studying and form valuable professional connections. In all actuality there are not too many topics I cannot learn on my own if I really had to I could, but meeting the right people is more important in my opinion.
That brings me to other factors like: wouldn’t I be in a more fertile learning area at Columbia University School of General Studies? To me that is a school that says something important printed onto a college degree. Columbia says you were immersed in a rich environment. Harvard says the same thing. But these places are also insanely expensive.
Question: How can I gauge my return on investment from each school, and each degree?
Also how can I fine tune a clearer picture or a timeline for how long it will be until completing my degree?
And how on earth can an adult student afford to just attend a full-time schedule of classes without producing any income to support theirselves? How do you pay rent and eat?
Also I would study abroad if I could… I would prefer to learn abroad.
What programs offer internships?
My primary interests are business, real estate, and biology. I am at the stage in my life where I do not necessarily want to pursue my hobbies so much as something that will produce significant income.
Lots and lots of questions…