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  • Non-Traditional College Student

    17 posts, 10 voices, 1164 views, started Dec 6, 2008

    Posted on Saturday, December 6, 2008 by Mz. Queen

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    • That’s what I am a non-traditional college student. I am well over 40 knocking on the door to 5-0.

        When I graduated high school, I left home and never looked back, as far as school was concerned. So we fast forward to 2007, 28years later. My first dilema was what to take, you see by now my three children are grown and I’m starting to gain weight from lack of chasing them around.

        I considered languages, then I considered fitness since I was lacking it sounded like a good idea. So I am now pursuing an Associates Degree in Kinesiology. It’s a 2-year degree but will take a little longer as I have to work full time. I am proud of my progress thus far my average is a B and I think a 3.0

        I passed College Algebra and Public Speaking. This semester I am passing Anatomy & Physiology and History.
      I can’t wait for next semester to begin. Call me crazy!

      much love
      47



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          Jacquie6363 wrote Dec 16, 2008
        • Ok, you are [Link Removed]  Crazy is one thing you are not, you are brave and an inspiration to people like me who keeps putting off such a task.  

          Go Girl and Good Luck!!!


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          Mz. Queen wrote Dec 19, 2008
        • This past week was finals and I was successful at passing both American History and Anatomy & Physiology. I’m not sure of the history grade but I’m quite certain of a B. Anat. I for sure got an A.

             The next semester starts January 12, 2009. Registration is completed with Art, English, Government and Psychology online.

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          Kat007 wrote Dec 19, 2008
        • You are doing great!  I am working towards my degree that I started back in the 90’s.  life got in the way.  I am only taking 3 - 6 hours a semester as I am working so many hours.  Good luck with next semester!



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          Mztracy wrote Dec 19, 2008
        • well done u!! I was 28 when i finally got a business degree. With working full time and going to school, it took time!!

          U should be very proud!!



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          Leadinladytracy wrote Dec 19, 2008
        • Good for you. I got my BS degree in June of this year and now I am pursuing my MS degree.

          Keep on keepin on - good luck and much success to you.



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          Mz. Queen wrote Dec 19, 2008
        • Thanks ladies for all your love and encouragement. I am indeed proud of myself for stepping out of my comfort zone after so many years.

            Did you know that the college I attend is in my neighborhood? Yes, I walk to class, out my back door right up the steps, and I have lived here for more than 25years.

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          Kat007 wrote Dec 19, 2008
        • That is awesome, it is nice to be able to walk there.  It is suprising how much you can accomplish if you put your mind to it.



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          Monika wrote Dec 20, 2008
        • Hi Ladies!
          I too went back to college. Something that got messed up when I was living at home. My parents decided way back when to up and divorce and leave us kids with no money to rely on for house rent, then my brother was in a horrible car wreck as a passenger and had lots of surgery and frankly, I had to go to work to support them all, at the tender age of 19. I was not ready for all that responsibility but didn’t know what else to do. I did not get a great job of course. Didn’t get to finish my degree.
          Fast forward to last year. I screwed up my courage, got my high school transcripts and other college transcripts and found out I was a pretty high grade student. That made me feel proud. Then I sent all my paper work in and found myself sitting in a class learning all I can about web design and graphic arts. The first college I actually learned a lot about graphic art and commercial art and used them to work on jobs for companies like Viewmaster, Hollywood video, comic book companies and other companies. But I realized I needed to upgrade my skills so back I am and rather amazed and a bit terrified of my age. How the heck did I get into my late 40’s? Seems a blur.
          But for the first time in a very long time I feel able to deal with my life again and persue the dreams I once had. I just finished my 3rd semester and will only take two classes per semester as the homework load is too heavey with all this computer program steep learning curve.
          Good luck to all of you doing what you thought you couldn’t. Go girls!



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          Lilli925 wrote Dec 20, 2008
        • Hey Ladies, I glad to see so many of you doing the whole college thing, I am in my last year of college myself and I can tell you raising two of five that are still at home and full-classes, plus work is probably the second hardest thing I have done, besides raising all of my kids on my own for most of their lives... If I am lucky and everything turns out right I will walk away with 2 degrees in Med Term, and Office Administrative... Then I think I will try for my B.S in both???
          Good Luck to all of us who thought we were this tough...
          estatic



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          UK Girl wrote Dec 20, 2008
        • I went to college at 18 ( 29 years ago)to do a course in Manufacturing and Retail Fashion – during this time I started a retail business with my best pal – we had been selling trainers while at school and used the capital to buy a tiny shop near college – I sold trainers / sweatpants / sweatshirts etc; to all the other students. The day I left college we sold the shop and opened one in our main city centre with another friend over the next 20 years we grew it to 400+ shops and floated on the London Stock Exchange.

          But ten years ago I discovered I had Cancer and tried to work and have treatment which was a disaster so I had a year out for Cancer treatment and left my job – I know I couldn't go back to my fast paced role so I decided to do a degree. Cancer is a strange disease as it robs you of fear – well you've faced the worst and hey what else can happen so to speak yet it also robs you of your self confidence – I had always been very cocky and confident so this was a big blow for me.

          But with help and support from friends and family I started my first day at City University doing journalism on my 40th Birthday surrounded by 18/19 year olds ...that is hard but actually it was the medicine in the world as my competitive streak kicked right back in ......

          I'm a big believer that older women make much better students as they are practical – disciplined and can multi task ........I'm now doing fashion PR but along the way I did my internship at The Times – which is our most prestigious newspaper and I felt like I had achieved more doing that than making a small business into a household name !



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          Mz. Queen wrote Dec 20, 2008
        • WOW.

            I have to agree that at 40+ we are the students to contend with. We have life and one set of books as we master this second set of books with classmates the same age as our children. We are masters at mult-tasking at home at work and now at college.

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          Mz. Queen wrote Dec 22, 2008
        • I got my report card via the email at college and I earned an A in Anatomy and a B in History making my grade point average a 3.571 yippee.

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          Monika wrote Dec 23, 2008
        • I haven’t yet seen my report card, the computer system at school is a bit out of it this week. But going back to school has given me some self esteem back. I too was ill for some time, in fact in the last 4 years I lost 80 pounds, worked out a lot, still do but gained a little back due to school stress but will get it off again, had two surgeries in the last 12 months but before that I was in tremendous pain and they weren’t sure if I had Chrones disease or some other terrible thing, or .... cancer. But I seem to be free of all that. Just don’t do stress well, that is why I am taking less credits this semester to even my schedule a bit, but all in all, I have accomplished a lot. And just recently I joined Phi Theta Kappa. That makes me feel pretty good. I think now I may join some industry organizations in my field. I feel the courage to do it now!



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          UK Girl wrote Dec 23, 2008
        • 47 well done you – the feeling of accomplishment is great and does wonders for yourself confidence.
          Monika that's great stick at it – I know when you're feeling not 100% how hard it is to buckle down to the books and the study and attend lectures – I remember many Friday nights being weak with fatigue and facing a weekend of work ...but trust me it's worth it .



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          Jacque Foster wrote Dec 23, 2008
        • Well, I start classes next month.I have to start all over again because I owe my previous school money.  So I can’t get my previous transcripts...60 hours gone, but you live and learn.  Maybe starting all over is a good thing considering I ’ve been out of school since 1993.



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