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#915 - 01/19/2006 19:34 PM Transition to Full Time Student...scary
helena Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 01/19/2006
Loc: los angeles
Hi Everyone,

Thank you for all your posts, esp. the posts of the sacrifices you've made to go back to school.

I have been an administrative assistant/general office worker for over 10 years. From 19 to 21 I went to college and earned about 40 units, quit and just worked since then.

In 2003, I continued to work full-time and have taken just 1 to 2 classes every semester. It's been really hard.

I need about 40 more units including my upper division general ed. classes to graduate with a BS. I just got an opportunity to work on campus with federal work study which will be a significant pay cut from the full time pay I am earning. With my savings, student loans, and help from my family, I can make it work and work part-time at school and study full-time. I'm just nervous about the change and sacrifice.

Thank you for any encouragement. I'm scared!

#916 - 01/20/2006 05:28 AM Re: Transition to Full Time Student...scary
tt82 Offline

Registered: 10/16/2005
You can do it. I did it last year. I was scared at first and many people advised against it. Just think, you will be able to graduate in less than 2 years. If you take 2 classes a semester it would take about 6-8 years. Imagine yourself in your dream job making so much more money. You are making a small sacrifice for a life time goal. GOOD LUCK!!!

#917 - 02/03/2006 10:30 AM Re: Transition to Full Time Student...scary
psych1960 Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 02/03/2006
I can totally relate to your posting. In the Spring of 2003 I went back to school full-time at the age of 42. It was the One of the most agonizing yet best decisions I made. I had left college during my senior year in 1981 without graduating ... this haunted me until I finally took the steps to go back. I am happy to report that I got my BS in 2004 and am now contemplating graduate school. I admit that it was not easy and many sacrafices were made but it was well worth it. Best of Luck to you --- GO FOR IT !!!


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