Life after high school work or college?

@Hatley (164672)
Garden Grove, California
August 4, 2008 5:39pm CST
hi mylotters trying to find a topic that has not been down a lot, got to wondering how many mylotters went on to 'collge right out of high school, and how many of us went back to finish and get a degree many years later? I know I was young and foolish and went to college right out of high school. I did not know yet what I wanted to be, and left school in the middle of my' sophmore year. I went back to junior college when I was forty nine and then got up courage when I was fifty four to finish the last two years in the U of 'ca in ]Irvine Ca. I graduated with a B and a BA in English. Tell me how many of you went right from High school to college and how many did return to finish and get a degree much later in life?
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@ellie333 (21029)
5 Aug 08
Hi Hatley, I left school and went straight out to work at 16 and then about 8 years ago went to night school to study Law and passed that and at present am in the middle of a home course in Advanced Criminology and I am 45. You are never to old to learn. Ellie :D
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@Hatley (164672)
• Garden Grove, California
5 Aug 08
hi Ellie you are right nobody is too old to learn, and criminology is a wondeful field and that combined with] law should give you some further options. when I got myh BA in English I had planned on writingand I did but still have yet not sold anything I have written. alas.
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@ellie333 (21029)
6 Aug 08
Hi Hatley, Persevere and you'll get a publishing deal. Its great what you have managed to achieve. Well done. Ellie :D
@skinnychick (6907)
• United States
5 Aug 08
I did both. I went to college right after high school for Journalism/English. I dropped out in my Soph. year too. Then at 33 I went back for nursing and I'm still in school. It is taking me forever because I have kids now but it's worth it.
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@vimaal (3365)
• India
5 Aug 08
hi friend, i like my college life than my school life. Because in my school age i look like a small boy. I don't know how to lie in this world. But in my college life i know about this world. and i have more friends in college. Life is after college life.take care.
@Hatley (164672)
• Garden Grove, California
5 Aug 08
hi vimaal. sometimes its like that and you find yourself in college. hope you get a really great job now.
• United States
5 Aug 08
I went to college right out of high school. I first started at a community college, & because of my heavy work load. It took a while because of a relatively heavy work load. Then I transferred to a private college to complete my junior & senior year. That took a while because again, heavy work load, & limited availability of classes at times I was able to take them. This time, tuition costs became a factor. When I got my four-year degree, it was right in the middle of Daddy Bush's recession, & jobs were not available. So I went on for my master's. Jobs were still not very available to me, & it was not until years later, I was told why. Despite that I had some experience in my field, I was still somewhat of a beginner. What also shut me out was that Master's degree without plenty of experience. Companies would prefer hiring someone with only a four-year degree because they did not want to pay that master's degree differential.
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@Hatley (164672)
• Garden Grove, California
5 Aug 08
hi krazy klingon yes bush has really missed thingsup for working people and tuition now days is dreadful. back when I went to junior and senior college I had a bunchof grants but I still had a student loan that took forever to pay off. my son went to junior college got an aa in electronics then over years taught himself' computer languages and programming and worked as a computer programmer but is currenty out of a job and] job hunting again but hopefully he will find a job soon.
@lisa0351 (303)
• United States
5 Aug 08
I jumped head first into the workforce out of high school. Now five years after high school graduation I am kicking myself for not going to school. I have been talking about going after a degree, but with work and money issues, its too hard to get back in the classroom. I have been considering online college. It is so much easier to get a better job with a degree or any college experience. I feel left in the dark, like my skills don't matter without a college degree.
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@Hatley (164672)
• Garden Grove, California
5 Aug 08
hi lisa I have heard that its not too hard to take classes online and you are right with a degree or some college experience it helps to get a better job too. my son took some online courses and liked it really much.
• United States
5 Aug 08
I went straight from high school to college, but knowing what I wanted to study definitely helped me stay focused. And I think the fact I went to a small college about the size of my high school really helped me transition.
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@Hatley (164672)
• Garden Grove, California
5 Aug 08
hi hawkbat yes knowing what You wanted to study makes allthe difference in the world.and small colleges help too.
@cripfemme (7718)
• United States
5 Aug 08
I went to college right out of high school. At the time, I basically did it because I knew I could keep getting services for my disability and I wanted to live out of my parents' house. I think that no one should be forced to go to school in order to get services and I hope that kids are more educated now so this doesn't happen and they can go to school in their own time when it is best for them. I would be a very different person had I been able to take six months off between high school and college without losing my services which allowed me to get out of bed and go to the bathroom.
@Hatley (164672)
• Garden Grove, California
5 Aug 08
hi cripfemme its a shame that anyone is forced to go to school in order to get the services they need, and I think you were very brave to go to school that way.hope that things'are a bit better for you now and you are getting the help that'you need. those of us who are able bodied should be so grateful and also should be looking into the services that are provided for people like yourself to be sure that they are really 'getting the help they need.
@cripfemme (7718)
• United States
6 Aug 08
I get the help I need now, without being in a educational institution. People come 21 hours per day (16 paid) to help me out. I'm a much freer person now. If I want to return to grad school, I will do that, but because I want to learn, not because it's tided to my services.
@checapricorn (16066)
• United States
5 Aug 08
Hi Hatley, I went to college right after my high school and finish it for 5 years! Then got a job after my graduation! I worked for 3 different companies and I quit.. This time I wanted to finish my masteral or I will be getting another diploma..I am still waiting for a good chances!
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@Hatley (164672)
• Garden Grove, California
5 Aug 08
hi checapricorn good for you its somuch easier that way, as studying comes easier to a younger perosn so now you are pretty much set, it would be niceit you get your masters.
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• United States
6 Aug 08
Thanks Hatley, I hope I will be able to make it before my 40's...LOL! I do know if I can make it like others who still finish a course at their 50..amazing!
@_sketch_ (5709)
• United States
5 Aug 08
I just graduated high school and I am going straight into college. I think that that's the best way to do it. Most people who plan on waiting a year or two first, get too caught up in life and get to busy and never end up going at all. That's really amazing that u went to college so late in life. I think that that is great that you could summon up the willpower and courage to do that. So what did u end up doing with your degree once you graduated college?
@Hatley (164672)
• Garden Grove, California
5 Aug 08
hi sketch yes its much easier to go straight from high school to college as your are young and its easier to study.the sad thing is that while I had a degree in english i endedd up working in a library shelving books but the problem is that I should have sudied in library science and got a b.s but they did not have library science in the U of Ca irvine so I should have gone to a different college.I loved what I did but could have made better wages as a research librarian. too late now but I am happy.
@_sketch_ (5709)
• United States
6 Aug 08
it's not too late. If you really want to do that, you could go back to school.
@youless (90959)
• Guangzhou, China
5 Aug 08
If the conditions allow, I think it's better to study in a college after graduate from high school. People can work for many years, but the study time is limited. I studied in the college after high school. After I graduated from college, I started to work. And I attended to study a foreign language BA courses 6 years ago. And I finished to have a BA degree after that. I love China
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@Hatley (164672)
• Garden Grove, California
5 Aug 08
hi youless you do sound really well educated. yes its 'much easier if you reallyknow what you w ant to doto go straight from high school to college as you are still young and studying is a bit easier for you.
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@youless (90959)
• Guangzhou, China
31 Aug 08
Thanks for the best response
• United States
5 Aug 08
well i actually waited about 2 years before i went to college after i graduated. i wanted to take some time off since i just went through 12 years of my life waking up almost everyday going to school. ( not saying that it was a bad thing but i just wanted a break.
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@Hatley (164672)
• Garden Grove, California
5 Aug 08
hi latriciajones sounds like you made the right decisions, sometimes going straight from one classroom to another is not right for all of us. some of us should take some time] off work maybe then go back knowing exactly what you want todo.
@Elixiress (3893)
5 Aug 08
I went straight to college after leaving school to do my a levels and then after that I am planning on going straight to University after that. The reason is that I want to get all my qualifications as soon as possible, so I can start going up the career ladder, therefore I can get to a good position at a youngish age and make my fortune.
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@Hatley (164672)
• Garden Grove, California
5 Aug 08
hi elixiress you sound like you have a great plan for your education, and if you stick to it you should be able to realize all your dreams, and and make that fortune too. good luck.
• Philippines
5 Aug 08
Hi there Hatley! First and foremost, I would like to tell you that I admire you for giving yourself the chance to get a degree no matter how old you were when you were able to get it. I went to college immediately after high school. And of course, I am glad I did. Some of my high school friends did not go straight to college after high school. Some of them started a family at a very young age. Others, decided to work. Some joined the military.
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@Hatley (164672)
• Garden Grove, California
5 Aug 08
thanks dolce yes its so much better really if you know what you want to do to go straight from high school to college as if yo do other things then sooner or later you are raising kids or stuck in some job you really dont like, and its harder to go back and finish.
@inutme (372)
• Philippines
5 Aug 08
In my country most people go to college right after high school. It's usually not a matter of choice, it's just the way things are. So I did just that as well. By the way, before somebody starts to counteract what I'm saying, the operative word in my first sentence is "most". I do know some people who didn't go to college immediately, some had a years stint at some other country, while others went straight to find a job.
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@Hatley (164672)
• Garden Grove, California
5 Aug 08
hi inutme people had not better counteract what you are saying. you are telling me what is the custom in your country and they should all respect that. I think its a great custom and provides young people the skills they need to get great jobs and all should be proud of you for that.
@snowbitz (487)
• Philippines
5 Aug 08
Hello i am from the philippines.After high school i go directly to college because here in my country if you did not finish your studies let say college it is very difficult for you to find a decent job.Most likely you will find a janitorial job if you don't finish your high school and here in my country,a janitorial job doesn't earn much unlike in other country i believe that if the job is manual it pays a lot here it the other way around.So most of the people in my country strive to go to college for us to have a better job and support the family after graduating from college.
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@Hatley (164672)
• Garden Grove, California
5 Aug 08
hi snowbitz thats really a great idea as its so much easier to gofrom highschool straight on to college while you are young and its easier for you to study. I dont think that a janitorial job gets much pay in the US either unless one works from a cleaning company perhaps. I worked as a nurses aid for years and did not make as much as a registered nurse but I did love my job.
@gemini_rose (16193)
5 Aug 08
When I left school I went straight into work, but the place where I worked paid for me to go to college and take further qualifications. So I went on day release once a week. I could have made something of myself but was on self destruct mode and threw it all away. It is still a bit of a sore subject for me even now all these years later!
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@Hatley (164672)
• Garden Grove, California
5 Aug 08
hi gemini rose a lot of us do that I went into nurseing training right after the mess from college and I toowas in a self destruct mode, and messed up too. So for years before I was married instead being a graduate nurse I workted as a nurses aid as I haf messes up in nurses training, self destruct and hated the catholic school too. well finally I decided to go back,first to junior college where I made all as for two years, then went to the U as a sophmore and got my ba. which has not really done me much good either.
@neildc (17254)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
5 Aug 08
you sound not so young enough to get that course. but still you made it. well for me, i went straight to college after high school. it's actually a diploma course not a degree course. it was completed in three years before but i don't have the idea if the course still exist. i actually have an option to continue the course to bachelor's degree if time and money will be available. it would only be two years more to complete the engineering course that i dreamed of. (red star 91 @ 1457)
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@Hatley (164672)
• Garden Grove, California
5 Aug 08
hi neildc no I was in my late forties and early fifites so' it made me a bit harder to study but I did make it.do it, go get that engineering course and you will be making big money one day. go for it.
@pooh08 (672)
• Vietnam
5 Aug 08
Now I have just graduate at University. And now I don't have work. I'm stay at home all day. The life after university is very difference from study period.I'm looking for job but I still no job. I'm very sad about myself.
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@Hatley (164672)
• Garden Grove, California
5 Aug 08
pooh08 dont be sad,just keep on looking and you will find the right job. good luck from me and all the mylotters'I will pray for you to find the job you want really fast.
• China
5 Aug 08
Hi,guy,I just the one who finished my 4-year college life this summer. In my humble opinion, if everything permitted, contuning your study life without halting.
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@Hatley (164672)
• Garden Grove, California
5 Aug 08
linyessusanna hi yes if you really know what you want to do goin right from high school to college is great as you are still young and now are prepared for a really great job in something you like.
@marababe (2513)
• Philippines
5 Aug 08
Here in the Philippines, it's not a decision whether to go to college after high school or not. We just go straight after. I'm speaking in general here, most of us go straight to college after high school. I'm one of those. My dad is one of the biggest fan of graduating from college on time, cos here the advisable and "normal" age to graduate from college is 20-21 and that is with a 4 year course. I took up Bachelor of Science in Hotel, Restaurant, Institution Management major in Hospitality Management. I'm not thinking of taking up Master's for it though. I feel like I've been studying and going to school for too long, waking up early, doing reports, all those routines and maybe that's part of the reason why I still don't feel like working although I know I should already and I'm waiting for my application in Dubai before applying elsewhere.
@Hatley (164672)
• Garden Grove, California
5 Aug 08
hi marababe sounds good to me, and you should be able to get a really good job now, my best wishes for you.