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#1483 - 03/16/2009 23:16 PM 34 Year old high school dropout
Shleets Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 03/15/2009
Hi everyone, you can call me C; I just want to announce that I am a 34 year old first time father of a 4 month old who is returning to school to become a Dentist. The choice came to me almost a year before I found out we were expecting so since then nothing else had been on my mind and as you can probably guess, my hands have been full ever since.

Now that I've done some reflecting over the last couple of months I've decided, along with the support of my wife, parents and my sister; all of whose opinions I hold in high regard, that going back to school is what I need to do.

I dropped out of grade 12 and have no post-secondary courses for which I have obtained any credit except for advanced math which I did in my mid twenties. Let's just say that self-discipline and peer pressure were my biggest and ONLY obstacles. Fortunately, comprehension and natural intelligence have been passed on to me through the genes but in my youth and young adulthood I did not take advantage of it. The other gene I was not so fortunate to receive was the lazy gene which cancels out the former so I had quite a challenge back then.

Today, after being a professional insurance broker for the last 5 years and being at the top of what I do, it's safe to say that the laziness gene must have disappeared some time at least in the last 10 years (I hadn't paid much attention since a busy and upward moving life has sort of taken the front seat.)

Anyhow I will cut to the chase and just say that I plan to utilize all of the motivational tools I have at my disposal which I believe is the key to achieving success. From what I've read so far this website can serve as a great resource for motivation. I hope to use it as I hope everyone else on here uses it as well and perhaps together we can all share our progress and reach our dreams. I don't hate to sound like a motivational speaker but there are no shortcuts to success right? See you all on the educational battlefield.
FOR VICTORY!!!!!

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#1495 - 04/03/2009 01:47 AM Re: 34 Year old high school dropout [Re: Shleets]
hereinvegas Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 04/03/2009
Loc: Las Vegas
Map your plan... and stick with it. I am so happy i went back, and now that the finish line is near, I am ready to keep going!
Go to community college and get that first associates degree. It will bring you up to par on current education, and propel you into a bachelors program. As someone who has done numerous 2 year and 4 year schools, it would be my advice.
In any event, best of luck, and stick with it and you will excel!
Dedication is most of the battle as we get older!

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