Non-traditional/older transfers UCLA

<p>I'm 21 and will be 22 in september figure by the time I finish ucla I'll be 24 maybe 25 not 21 or 22 as most of friends who will be graduating this year from UCLA, USC, UCB, and Caltech are. Do any of you feel that's its bad graduating as an older student? Do employers frown on the fact that it took someone 6-7 years to graduate? Do they see us as slackers?</p>

<p>imo, i think its awesome that the older generation who decided not to goto school straight outta high schol, goes back to graduate...there could be a lotta reasons for not going to school straight outta high school, so i dont think its bad ;)</p>

<p>what's ur major?</p>

<p>I don't think it's a negative at all.</p>

<p>U might come off being as a more mature and expirienced person w. character to employers.</p>

<p>Political Science oh and any advice on the quarter system how many weeks is it and how early are midterms?</p>

<p>I know somebody who just got in who is 28... No big deal.</p>

<p>10 week quarters</p>

<p>Don't worry about it. I'm 27, and just decided last year to go back to school to finish this degree. </p>

<p>I don't think they care how long it takes you to get that piece of paper -- and the fact it has taken you a bit longer means that you had to struggle with something in your own life (even if it was nothing more than -- as in my case -- a lack of direction and sheer laziness when I was younger) and you've overcome it. </p>

<p>I think they also realize how hard it is to get yourself back on that college track if you don't start immediately after high school. You look dedicated, man!</p>

<p>Congrats on UCLA!</p>

<p>You're kidding, right? Most of your employers will wish they had had the forthrightness and the opportunities that we've been given, i.e. go to UCLA or other nice school (It's early and I'm exhausted, forgive the simplicity of my words this moning...)</p>

<p>First, according an article from US News and World Report, 45 percent of college student do not graduate at all, therefore you have an entire working population out there who 1)wish that they could go back to school, but didn't have the time and money.....or, perhaps 2) hated college and never wants to go back.
Second, also from the same article.....40% of the student population in the nation is "non-traditional", in terms of age, marital status and other factors which might apply.
Thirdly......I've been an administrative assistant to a community college, have been a teaching assistant for English professor at my CC, and most high school graduates/community college freshman can not write, have poor math skills and do not know fundamental computer application to survive in college. Translation: the majority of Freshman have no place being in least what I could dictate from the professors I worked for.</p>

<p>Their grammar was atrocious, their vocab shallow and otherwise, it was a surprise to me that some made it out ot high school. Anyway....this is the reality.</p>

<p>Mex, it's in poor taste to say older students......</p>

<p>And when was 21....."old". lol</p>

<p>Michelle good points. I apologize, your'e right now that I think of it it could be interpreted as being in poor taste.Sorry&Thanks for your input</p>

<p>I'll be 24 in a couple months, if UCLA found us to be admittable, then I think we're in good shape, yeah? </p>


<p>I'm 29 folks... i went to USC right out of high school and had a terrible experience. I became a professional graphic designer for about 4 years and decided to go back to school about 2 1/2 yrs ago. It felt right. I felt like had tried the alternative route of not going to college and did okay. Ulitmately I wasn't fulfilled though. I think it's an asset to be "older"... life experience is a great teacher and makes you a great addition to a campus looking to add difversity to its community.</p>

<p>Nicely put, JulieC. I have worked for 7 years now after dropping out of high school at 15 and getting my GED at 16. I now hold a comfortable job making a decent salary, but I am bored and unsatisfied. Like you, I decided 3 years ago to go back to school. I, too, think we'll help to mix it up a little:) </p>


<p>By saying older I didnt mean it in a derogative way by any means, just everyone knows I just meant non traditional... you know in at 18 out at 22. I think we do have an advantage in the sense that we are more focused and motivated obviously if we decided to return to school. Good luck at UCLA everyone kick but this upcoming quarter but ofcourse don't take school too serious save some room for some partying. hehe</p>

<p>no offense taken mexbruin, I think you brought up an interesting topic.</p>