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#80 - 01/03/2002 11:00 AM Hello, new returning student
Johnna Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 01/03/2002
Loc: Knoxville
I am so glad to find this place. I originally graduated from the local community college in 1992 with a degree in Finance and certificate in supervision. That was at age 28. Due to medical problems I went on disability so i was never able to use my degree.

After being told by SSI that my twisted back is all better and saying I am now able to work, I went to vocational rehabilitation. They are paying me to go back to school at the age of 37! I am taking office systems technology with a concentration in health.

My worries:

I am so scared. Classes start Jan 22nd. I feel too old. My daughter as a freshman in high school thinks it is cool, but will she feel differently later?

I am overweight, can I fit in the desks?

Any suggestions are welcome.

#81 - 01/03/2002 12:30 PM Re: Hello, new returning student
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Registered: 12/10/2008
Loc: California
Johanna, you are not too old! :) See the thread in this forum about going back after thirty and be reassured that you are not alone.

I would imagine that your daughter would not only feel the same way, but be proud of her mom for getting her degree. Some older students attend the same college as their children.

Seek support by finding out if there are any adult re-entry student organizations at your college/university and with any other concerns that you may have.

Some university classrooms have no desks but use open seating. Make an appointment with your professor/instructors before classes start for course orientation or questions. They usually have office hours available.
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#82 - 01/04/2002 13:22 PM Re: Hello, new returning student

Being scared is a feeling a lot of us share about going back....especially when its been a long time. However, many found that it was not as hard as they thought it would be, and most never are sorry they returned - in fact, they truly enjoy their studies and are proud of what they accomplish -especially at the attainment of their goals!!!

Take a chance, take that first step, and test the waters. That way fear won't stay in the way of fulfilling your life's potential, and you will get started on your dream.

#83 - 01/05/2002 09:23 AM Re: Hello, new returning student

Thanks. All the words helped. I am going back no matter what. I am taking 16 hours. Voc rehab requires 15. But 3 of those (of the 16) are 5 week classes, so i only have 14 hrs at a time. :) I worry about 2 of them but i can get tutoring if needed. So everyone think of me on Jan 22nd when classes start. Thanks again.


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