Students forever?

United States
January 2, 2010 6:21pm CST
Hello all :) I believe we learn for the entire length of our lives here on earth, but if you were to go back to school, what would you wish to study specifically that you have not done yet? If you are still in school, what classes are you taking to reach toward a career? I think it would be interesting to take a pshychology class...perhaps to learn part of what makes us all as we are lol. Something else I love is art, literature, and writing...those would be great classes to take, as well. I would not mind having a degree in psychology or a bachelor of fine arts degree. What say you all? Karen
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• Boston, Massachusetts
3 Jan 10
Hi Karem Happy New Year my dear friend! I will love learning some more on science, social studies and mathematics. these are the subjects that i am not so good at. i excelled in other subjects but i am just average in the three subjects i mentioned. i want to explore the solar system and all the heavenly bodies, history not only of our country but also other countries and everything about the complications of numbers--mathematics hehehehe but i am good in business.
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• United States
3 Jan 10
Hi Ms Those subjects were my weaker ones, too, so yes, it would be good to have some refresher courses in them...especially science, which fascinates me. And even here, I love learning of other cultures and have always had a love of history. I imagine that it is never to late to learn a new thing or brush up on an old thing :) Karen
• Boston, Massachusetts
3 Jan 10
yes, not yet too late to learn some more about these subjects. the inspiration of learning more is for me to have some more information to share and teach my kids as i tutor them for their assignments/homeworks. good that internet is just a clikc away...thanks to the new technology it makes life easier for me as it relates to dealing with my kids homeworks!
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• United States
3 Jan 10
These days, it is my grandchildren I sometimes help with homework, but the cirriculum keeps changing, and you're right. The new technology makes it easier to keep up with it, or even help them online :)) Karen
@ANTIQUELADY (36491)
• United States
3 Jan 10
I have noooooo desire to go back to school for any reason. I'll just stay my ol' dumb self. lol.
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• United States
4 Jan 10
Well, Jo, you are anything BUT dumb. My guess is you've been a lifetime student of life, anyway. School certainly isn't the only place we learn, and not even necessarily where we learn the greatest lessons lol. xoxo Karen
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@ANTIQUELADY (36491)
• United States
4 Jan 10
Thanks Karen, life has taught me alot as it should everyone. U have a great monday.
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• United States
5 Jan 10
God bless you :)) ...and it was a good day...so now I wish you a good Tuesday!
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@Canellita (12059)
• United States
13 Jan 10
You believe correctly! (At least in this instance ;-) ) There is always a new opportunity to learn each day.
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• United States
14 Jan 10
LOL, and I thank God for that opportunity. What would life be if we ever had to just stop learning?? Very dull, indeed. Karen
@Canellita (12059)
• United States
15 Jan 10
Have you learned anything new today?
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• United States
16 Jan 10
Every day, something, but today, it was on the news and so sad I wish I hadn't learned it.
@gabs8513 (48803)
• United Kingdom
8 Jan 10
I think I would take classes to help me become a Social Worker for abused Children so that I could help them get them away from the abuse and try to help them to get over that horrible part of their Life
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• United States
10 Jan 10
Hello Gabs. I think what you would like to do is wonderful. These children suffer, even as adults, suffer if not helped. And it is indeed a horrible suffering. Do take care, Karen
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@gabs8513 (48803)
• United Kingdom
10 Jan 10
Yes Karen it is a horrible suffering and it stays with you for the rest of your life
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• United States
14 Jan 10
You are right. I have been there and am still there with my of my own beloved children, who even as an adult, suffers the agonies of what happened to her as a defenseless child. My heart bleeds with longing to help her. She/we are getting "through" it each and every day, but I think one does not get "over" it. So we plunge onward. xoxo Karen
@dawnald (84129)
• Shingle Springs, California
4 Jan 10
Art, music, biology, psychology....
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• United States
4 Jan 10
Hi Dawn A woman after my own heart! Well but for the biology. I kind of sucked at science, but never the less, find it all fascinating. Karen
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@dawnald (84129)
• Shingle Springs, California
4 Jan 10
I sucked at science too, because of the math, but I loved it. I put biology down because I love animals.
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• United States
5 Jan 10
Oh yes, animals are wonderful and very fascinating to learn about!
• United States
4 Jan 10
My husband is going back to school and taking Communications. He is working towards his Associates Degree then will continue working towards his Bachelors Degree. In April I will go back and pursue my Masters Degree in Psychology. Ultimately I want to work with students with Special Needs. I love learning. Best of luck to you Karen.
• United States
4 Jan 10
Hi there :) Good for your husband! I think that's so commendable, and I love that it has now become common for many of us to go back to school at whatever age. It not only feels great personally, but has become all but a necessity in our rapidly changing world! Best of all wishes to you and to him on continuing your educations. Special needs students....now that is great :)) Karen
• United States
4 Jan 10
Thank you Karen. My husband Randy and I like school and we love to learn. Randy works part-time for a radio station (because of the economy his hours were cut)and after a lot of talking and budgeting we decided it was best for the both of us to attend college. The government helps with schooling by giving money and there is a tax credit. After Randy gets his degree he plans on getting a full-time job in radio in hopes that we can open a station of our own. I am hoping to make money online so we can make this dream come true.
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• United States
5 Jan 10
The two of you have really thought this through and come up with an excellent plan! I wish both great success :))
• India
22 Jan 10
Hello my friend PeacefulWmn9 Ji, First let me congretulate you for your number of post showing me '3333'. What a configuration. Well, if I go to school, I would persue my 'SANSKRIT' and learn Vedas written, my hubby i sstill on his way to complete his PG degree i sociology,which he was trying to complete in 1973 and because of 'No Time', he just left, but it is his utte desire to add PG agter his name. May God bless You and have a great time.
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• United States
22 Jan 10
3333...yes, isn't that something? All 3's. :) Sanskrit, that would be a wonderful thing...and I commend your hubby for continuing on toward the PG. It is never too late to keep on with our education. Life itself is a wonderful tool for learning. God bless you. Karen
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• India
23 Jan 10
Hello my friend PeacefulWmn9 Ji, So nice of you for your positive and favourable comments. When we Indians talk about '3', tehy include 'BRAHMHA (CREATOR)', 'VISHNU (RESPONSIBLE TO BRING US UP) AND THIRD IS 'SHIVA (DESTRYER'. So that figure meant for me. So it was great. May God bless You and have a great time.
@billzehua (573)
• China
15 Jan 10
There you go one point for me,art! I have never thought about art before I started to charge thinking out my company posters for paris fair and stuffs for the new website. I was so amazed at how others creatively sketch out what's in their minds, at that even the most common stations we use everyday could be shot into a piece of artwork by choosing the right angle. And I think my whole opinion towards art is overturned. It goes much further being just a subject you learn at school or that you have to take a test on, but more a way to think creatively towards everything within our sight, and an idea to sense the beauty around us!
• United States
16 Jan 10
Hi Billzehua I love art...next to writing, it is my second favorite thing to do. I love to sketch, paint, take photos, and work with digital art...all of it. I am glad you have found a passion for it, too, as it's so rewarding. We tend to lose track of time in the enjoyment. Karen
• China
16 Jan 10
Dear Karen, I stand on your side by every words except the Billzehua,;P, just Bill is ok....
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@Sreekala (18769)
• India
22 Jan 10
Hi Karen, You are rightly explained that we all are students in our whole life. Everyday we are learning news things. Now I am on third standard (lol)and revising the table for multiplication and division, revising the grammar of English and Hindi (which I hate when I was a student), revising the solar system, neighbors (country wise), cleanliness etc etc there are plenty of topics I am revising in my memory. To be honest I don’t want to go back to school, am already faded up by helping my son (sometimes I am enjoying too).
• United States
23 Jan 10
Hi Srekala You are doing great then :) We learn in school, of course, but all through life we learn as well from many sources. We learn things that are not even taught in school. Karen
• United States
15 Jan 10
I am still in school and working on a mjor that everyone told me not to do.. I am majoring in Art and going to become an Art teacher. If I study anything else I would study music, so i can play the instruments. Yes I love writing but not completely perfect at it yet best at being expressive. Yes we, do learn our entire lives that how life is and it keep us going.. imagine if you had nothing to learn you be doomed and you would understand a thing. Well I really appreciate God giving us the opportunity to grow and learn.I never want to stop learning or teaching anyone how to do something.
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• United States
16 Jan 10
Hello Sweet I am glad you are following your own passions, for that is where you will excel. When one's work and passions are connected, that makes for a much happier life! All the best to you, and keep following those dreams. Karen
• India
6 Jan 10
Hi Karen, A great topic once again. I would love to stay a student forever. I just refuse to grow up. Sometimes I think, there are so many things that is yet to be learned and there are so many deeds yet to be done. I have a vast range of interests like you do and I think they can't be covered in a single lifetime. I love art,literature and psychology too. But one class that I would love to take is the higher mathematics class. If someone is ready to teach me everything for free, I can spend all my life learning mathematics. I've sent you a message... Please take a look Hope you are doing fine... God bless you
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• United States
10 Jan 10
Hello, and thank you :) I too wish we each had many lifetimes, but I feel in the afterlife, we will continue to learn and grow...always. Or at least that is my hope! Some things online are taught free, but I don't know if higher mathematics is one of them! Take care. Karen
@MJAL08 (275)
6 Jan 10
i would have to agree. A person never stops learning and also we don't need to be in school to be called students. A student is someone who is continually learning, right? Even if we are already working, we still continue to learn and even at our prime years we'd still be learning. The learning doesn't stop once you finished schooling, it goes on and on.
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• United States
10 Jan 10
Hi MJ Yes, in my opinion, a student is someone who learns, and a lifetime student keeps on learning, and not necessarily in a school setting. I think it keeps us alert, interested, and more interesting throughout our lives. Karen
@May2k8 (3620)
• Indonesia
6 Jan 10
Although I've graduated, I wanted to learn many things such as write, create useful tools for people and do something that I want. Technology thriving at the moment and move forward, we do not have enough in their studies. I returned to school to see what is not learned because in the past I always failed and will not happen again.
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• United States
6 Jan 10
Hello May I graduated long long ago, but I've still taken classes, both online and off, to do those kinds of things you've mentioned, and it has been such a blessing! And there is yet much more I wish to learn. I've often thought to myself how much more we appreciate education when we're older and a bit wiser than we were as kids :) I wish you every success! Karen
@dorannmwin (36608)
• United States
5 Jan 10
When I was in college, my major was biology and my minor was in psychology. I think if I was to go back to school, I would pick up a second major in psychology. The reason that I feel this way is that when I was in school, I found the psychology to be very interesting. I learned a lot about myself through taking psychology classes as well I learned about other people as well. I think if I was looking for a career it would be a great field as well because of the fact that it is so versatile.
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• United States
5 Jan 10
Hi Dorann. I have studied psychology to some degree, but not formally as yet. I do share your wish to make it a major, though. I can well imagine you would learn much about yourself AND others. I think that the human mind and human behavior are so diverse and fascinating. I wish you well in doing that. Karen
@wolfie34 (26881)
• United Kingdom
3 Jan 10
I went back to college at 32! It was a big gamble for me at the time, having given up a job in the city to start again with a totally different vocation, it meant 3 years at college to get the necessary qualifications but I thought, I'll give it a go, you only get one shot in life and I would only be wondering what if, you know the regrets of not doing something. It was a culture shock going back to school after even only 16 years especially as I was double the age of most of the students and they were all girls! Scary but I did it, I didn't continue after getting my qualification with the career I had chosen but it gave me something different to put on my cv. We can still learn at any age we don't have to be young, in fact we can probably learn more as we get older, what say you my dear friend?
• United States
4 Jan 10
Hi Wolfie. I've known so many who go back to college when older, myself included, or even back to high school...as my bro-in-law got his diploma at age 40, so I find nothing unusual about it any more, but rather, I admire it! And yes, I know the regrets and have decided to do something about the ones I've yet to address lol. I refuse to lie on my deathbed, however soon or late, and pine away for all the "might have beens." What say I? I've read of people who've received their college degrees as octogenarians, and I've seen my own mom, now 86, learn her whole life...so I say...on and up with learning till we die
@mdaazam (826)
• Indore, India
3 Jan 10
Hi honey and what the ! Whats up with this conversation about psychology ? You like this subject, i would prefer to study home science instead(just saying it). Hmm if i have to go through again the same school... I would prefer to do what i did earlier! Bunk them all , each and every class of each subject and suck my brains with a straw when exams were on my head but miraculously pass them all and prove the other brainies dumb! No doubt they are. anyways now the real thing, ugh i would like to go for civil engineering. It attracts me much. Oh my gosh what im talking about, no guys bunk them all, cheerz for the cafes besides the schools and im sorry dear for a licky response.
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• United States
4 Jan 10
Hello Md :)) Hm, well, I find the human mind brilliant, disgusting, delightful, and many other things, but always fascinating. So...I long to learn more of what makes us "tick" as they say. I've been to school when young, as we all have, and again at nearly middle age, and I can tell you, it is much different later in life...AND we appreciate it more. No problem with the licky response lol. I call that "chutzpah!" Have a good year. Karen
@smileonstar (4014)
• United States
3 Jan 10
Hello, I finished my career in AA degree but if I have a chance to go back to school then I would love to go for CPA.
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• United States
4 Jan 10
Hi Smile Congratulations on the accounting degree and best of luck in furthering that to become a CPA :)) Pursue those dreams and add to them for a lifetime. It helps one not only be successful, but much happier. Karen
@eurekafemme (5881)
• Philippines
3 Jan 10
Going back to school is one of my plans this year. Hopefully, I can find time.:-) As I grow older I want to take up course(s) that is (are) pretty relevant to my present way of living. I was exposed to alot of harsh realities in life as I continue my journey here on Earth. Realities that I was not so aware of when I was younger. Psychology and Education is on the top of my list, if ever.I believe being an educator can help me reach out to more people than I want to. Interior designing is next as well as a course in foreign languages. Also forensics do interest me. Heck, I took up Accountancy and Engineering but I am not satisfied. There's is something missing in my life that I can't seem to find by staring at numbers and figures.LOL Have a great day, Karen.;-)
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• United States
4 Jan 10
Hello Eureka Good for you! I admire people who go back to get a degree or further their education in any way. I long to the same again myself. You did as I originally did, and "took up" the wrong studies. I've partially corrected that and hope to continue doing so in the areas where my true passions lie. I do imgagine you've encountered your share, and then some, of harsh realities, but it can give you an edge helping others! People can be cruel for many reasons, upbringing and ignorance chief among them. I commend you and wish you well in your continuing education. Karen
• United States
3 Jan 10
I would go back to school and become a registered nurse, I have always dreamed of becoming a flight nurse.
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• United States
4 Jan 10
Hi Melissa :)) My oldest daughter earned her RN degree after she married and had two children, and her certification to be a flight nurse after having her third child. She now has only one semester left to earn her BA, and will be a nurse practioner! So anything is possible. I hope to read on here someday that you are, indeed, a flight nurse :)) Karen
@thea09 (18329)
• Greece
3 Jan 10
Hi Karen, I always had a yen to continue studying and wanted to do a phd on holocaust literature. I never studied beyond a BA formally but it didn't stop me studying the holocaust at great extent on my own, just not having the extra letters after my name. I'd also quite fancy studying the psychology of the mind of serial killers.
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• United States
4 Jan 10
Hi Thea The holocaust...so much I imagine TO learn about that. As you've said, one doesn't need additional letters to have acquired a great deal of education. In our country, they now allow for "life or job experience," and many adults returning for a higher education can "test out" of certain subjects. Oh yes, I have a morbid fascination with the minds of serial killers, for I honestly wonder how/why they do as they do. And yet many appear quite normal and continue to function as though all was well. Blows me away and makes me wonder so many many things. Keep on learning, girl :)) Karen