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I'm 43, should I go back to college?

Asked by TLRobinson (2360 points ) December 13th, 2009 from iPhone

I’ve reached a senior level officer role within my company; but I’m less than 20 hours short of an undergraduate degree. I have two kids as well as being single parent. I push education with them, is that being a hypocrite?

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mellow_girl's avatar

go back to college, it will put you in a better place and it will show your children not to give up…

SoulSearcher's avatar

If you can afford to do so, it’s a great idea.It will not only be a good message to your kids, but it will give you a since of accomplishment and perhaps a better paying job.

flameboi's avatar

hell yeah!!!!

jonsblond's avatar

Yes! You are never too old to go to college. I admire those that decide to go back to school.

missingbite's avatar

Go for it!

Likeradar's avatar

Why not? Education never hurt anyone, and you and your family will be proud of you.

HighShaman's avatar

If you can juggle college and the kids as well as you home and social life…. GO FOR IT !!

It never hurts to have education… the more education thtat you have the MORE you can advance in this world….

More Power To You !! Good Luck !!

Jude's avatar

I think that it’s wonderful! Go back! Good for you!!

Oceanflower's avatar

Absolutely!!! Go for it!...You will love it. It’s never too late and no such thing as too old to try something new or start a new dream…Peace!

Gabstar's avatar

go for your life! :)

redneckgirl's avatar

I dropped out of high school early and never went to college,I now regret it,as I have no job and I have to rely on my husband

Jeruba's avatar

My mother started grad school at 51. My aunt got her Ph.D. at 64. Why not? I got my bachelor’s degree decades ago, and as a recent retiree I couldn’t wait to sign up for a new class. I’m taking a philosophy course starting in January. Education is never wasted. It is a greater source of enrichment for your life than just about anything else except family.

casheroo's avatar

You are so close, definitely go for it!

My mother is working on her bachelors, and she is 48. She should have it before she’s 50, but might be adding a new minor onto it. It’s been great for her. She has a successful career without the degree, and her work pays for her to go, so why not?

PandoraBoxx's avatar

It’s never too late to go back to school! Go for it!

bea2345's avatar

Go back to school. The experience will not be wasted.

gailcalled's avatar

My mother completed her BA at The New School in NYC when she was in her mid-fifties. She loved it, after having married young and raised three children.

If you like to learn, think, write, debate, listen and ponder, enroll now.

Slick's avatar

Yes go for it, its never to late.

janbb's avatar

Go for it! Some of the best students are those who are “returning” or even attending for the first time in their 40s or 50s. Besides, it helps to stave off Alzheimer’s.

holden's avatar

@pdworkin is in his 60’s and finishing up his senior (I think) year of college. You might ask him personally about his experience.

chyna's avatar

My best friend went back to college at age 48 to get a nursing degree. You are never too old unless you have reasons you won’t be able to study.

therookie's avatar

sure why not,
try at least one class at a time just to get back with the flow of things
or even
try an online coruse
also you may be qaulify for a pell grant ( USA) or scholarship,,
another plus you can use it as a tax credit as well ( in the USa)

aprilsimnel's avatar

Yes, if you really want to.

dpworkin's avatar

I dropped out of high school in 1966. I got my GED in 2006. Now, in 2009 I am taking my last final of my penultimate semester at the State University of NY at Albany. After I graduate in May, I am planning on graduate school to get my Masters Degree in Social Work. I should have it before I’m 63, then I will go to work. I think it’s perhaps the most important thing I’ve ever done, setting aside the fathering of my children. I encourage you to go. It feels quite satisfying, I can tell you that.

TLRobinson's avatar

@pdworkin- YOU are phenominal! Thank you for sharing.

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SuperMouse's avatar

As a 44 year old single mother to three little boys who happens to be a full-time student and part-time (work study job) employee I say Go For It!! School is a lot of work, but I love it and I can’t wait to finish my degree!

chyna's avatar

Supermouse is my favorite student!

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

Education is rewarding even if only for its own sake. I don’t ever want to stop learning, although a formal dgree may not be required. In my case I completed my batchelors at 18, I didn’t complete my PhD until I was 43, a military career intervening.

gailcalled's avatar

I’m with @stranger_in_a_strange_land. Unless the credentials of the degree matter in terms of jobs or income earned, you can learn informally forever.

(bachelor’s).

Clair's avatar

Of course!
Period!

alquest's avatar

There is no end to education and people who are retire at the age of 65 goes back to school to learn something new knowledge.

randomness's avatar

You’re never too old to go back to school.

I’m 18, and I will hopefully be entering university next year. I went to an open day where all of the people who were looking at doing my particular course were shown around. Most of the people looking at doing the course I want to do would have been 30+. One guy looked about 50. Like I said, you’re never too old.

Zacky's avatar

Its never too late to go back to college. As long as you got the drive and apply it consistently, you’ll succeed. Good luck. (^_^)

thriftymaid's avatar

Age has nothing to do with it. I went to law school in my 40s.

eternal0void's avatar

Going to college in your 40s and 50s is great, but if you are considering this action for improving your chances at getting a job, pick carefully. There’s rampant ageism in a lot of fields, especially in the technology fields. Nothing you’ll be able to prove, of course.

Liberal arts and some of the sciences don’t care as much about your age for degree-related jobs, such as psychology and social work. If you already have a bachelor’s degree, law school is also a good choice.

If you just want a degree in a field which interests you, and your job prospects aren’t as much of a consideration, then pick a field you really enjoy.

LeopardGecko's avatar

Yes, if you want to do something great!

bea2345's avatar

One of my nephews, who is about your age, started college last year. He finds it a challenging and exciting experience (he never went further than high school).

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