Never too old to learn?

@GreenMoo (11842)
January 26, 2011 12:52pm CST
I'm taking a residential course at the moment, and am secreted away in a course centre on a farm in the middle of nowhere. It means I've got better internet access than normal, so I'm certainly not complaining! The course is on Sustainable Land Use and Permaculture, and is absolutely fascinating and relevant, but I have to admit that by the end of each afternoon my brain is aching. Have you returned to study as an adult, or where you happy to leave all that behind when you walked out of the school gates for the last time? What have you studied?
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@katsmeow1213 (29047)
• United States
26 Jan 11
Hi there GreenMoo.. long time no see, how have you been? Funny you should mention this. I've just gone back to school myself. I'm going for my Associates degree. I'm taking online classes though, so I don't have to leave my house. Best of luck with your studies. I hope we'll be hearing more from you now that you have more access to the Internet!
@GreenMoo (11842)
26 Jan 11
I'll be around for a few more weeks at least :-) It's quite long for a residential course. You'll have to excuse me not understanding the American term, but is an Associates degree one that is in a specific subject?
• United States
26 Jan 11
No, it's a general 2 year degree. A 4 year degree would be a Bachelors degree. After that we'd go for our Masters, then a P.H.D. or something like that. I really don't plan on pursuing anything past my Associates degree.. at least that's not in my plans right now. Who knows what the future holds. My major (subject) will be in Administrative Assisting.. or, basically, a secretary.
@GreenMoo (11842)
26 Jan 11
Thanks for the explanation, it's not a term we use here! It sounds like you're doing a really useful subject, and doing it online must be really convenient around family. It's great that there are so many ways to study these days. It gives us so many opportunities.
@dodo19 (32869)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
27 Jan 11
I don't really think that you're ever too old to learn something new. My mom actually went back to school, and got her Ba and MA, when she was in her 40s. I have to say that she did so well.
@GreenMoo (11842)
27 Jan 11
Absolutely you are never too old. Your Mum deserves much admiration for her commitment to that much study.
• Philippines
27 Jan 11
Youre greaat
@dodo19 (32869)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
27 Jan 11
I do agree that she deserves admiration. Not only did she have to deal with school, but she also to deal with my sister and I.
27 Jan 11
right to that sir. in my school im seeing two old couple studying. i think its their 70s at age and its kinda cool. it is said that they are studying because of that they do not know what to do with their money. cool isnt it
@GreenMoo (11842)
27 Jan 11
It's fabulous that these older people are studying along side you. People of different ages have different perspectives to add to the class.
@katcarneo (1433)
• Philippines
28 Jan 11
Cool. I"m pretty sure they treat all their classmates as grandchildren and they are called Moms or Pops or the like. :-) I am reminded of this old woman also in her seventies who didn't have a chance to study when she was young so she started school even if she was old. When she graduated from high school it was on the national news.
@GreenMoo (11842)
29 Jan 11
I'll bet it was something she'd wanted to do her whole life. Good on her :-)
@katcarneo (1433)
• Philippines
27 Jan 11
I'm back in school and although I loved school back then, this time I'm not enjoying much. I'm 25 now so I am still okay with a lot of reading and researching. However, I take classes with a lot of freshman college students, ages 17-18, and I get irked by every little thing they do. I get annoyed that they are noisy, I get annoyed that some have the nerve to go to school without homework, or pens, or paper, I hate it that some don't seem to put effort into their classes at all. I just try to be a good role model and help them out when they have questions, which is often.
@GreenMoo (11842)
27 Jan 11
Many years ago I started attending a vocational course at my local college which was attended my many school leavers aged around 16-17. i got so frustrated by the exact situation that you describe that I actually abandoned the course. I hope you have the strength to hang in there and not let them interrupt your studies like I did. All the best with it.
@katcarneo (1433)
• Philippines
28 Jan 11
Okay I'll focus on my schooling and not pay attention to the things that irk me. Only, the course is going to last another three years because I'm getting another degree and I hope to keep my sanity that whole period. :-)
@GreenMoo (11842)
29 Jan 11
Over the course of three years I guess your classmates may grow up a little!
@sid556 (31005)
• United States
27 Jan 11
Since being out of school, I have taken an accounting course and a couple of insurance courses. I used to work in insurance and at the time the courses were relevant to my work even though they were very very boring. They helped me get ahead simply for passing them. The accounting course, I took just to learn it and really enjoyed it. I found it easier to study because I took the course and wanted it but I know what you mean. There were those nights where I just thought...what have I gotten myself into. We are never too old to learn.
@GreenMoo (11842)
27 Jan 11
Learning something because we choose to do so means we're more motivated students. And more motivated students do better! I've certainly gained more from study I've done because I've chosen to as an adult than that which i had little choice about at school.
• United States
27 Jan 11
Seems as if returning to school at a higher age has become more the norm than the exception. I'm in my early 30s and am attending RN courses. Two of my friends have done the same. The economy has forced many to change directions just to survive and make ends meet.
@GreenMoo (11842)
27 Jan 11
I think you are right that it's becoming more common. It's great that people are expanding their skills, though of course it is a shame when the circumstances are dictated like this.
@sumanadep (1230)
• India
27 Jan 11
Of course you are never too old to start learning.... learning is a continues process that start right from the birth... I was happy when I completed my studies and I had a party on the last day of our exams... but at that time I didn't knew it is just the beginning of new method of learning..
@GreenMoo (11842)
27 Jan 11
How right you are! I hope you have had regular parties ever since!
• India
27 Jan 11
There is no age to learn. Anytime, anywhere and any how people can learn. Absolutely there is no age to learn. It is only the passion which would drag us towards and motivation which would lead to learn.
@GreenMoo (11842)
27 Jan 11
And it is very satisfying to learn new things.
• Philippines
27 Jan 11
Life itself is a learning process so there is no young and old.As long as we are alive, we do not stop learning and we should not because learning goes beyond school. After college,i worked immediately to earn myself a pay.I felt good but after a while i discovered that I needed to learn new things about my job so Iu can cope up with others but i never had the chance to have further studies. Now that you can enrol in some courses even at home through online, i am thinking of it as recourse, it's never too late.
@GreenMoo (11842)
27 Jan 11
Go for it! Even if it has no immediate payback in terms of work, study is fun in it's own right.
@tkonlinevn (5784)
• Vietnam
27 Jan 11
After graduated, I studied about Website designing. It's hard to finish this course. Because I must work on day, and studying on night. I'm very tired and bored. But I completed it finally. Learning is always good for us. But we should things which help for our jobs. If not, we'll be waste power and money.
@GreenMoo (11842)
27 Jan 11
Of course it is superb to be able to expand our horizons for work. Do you not think it is worth studying and learning new material just for the pleasure of knowledge as well though? Congratulations on the completion of your course. Studying around other commitments is always a challenge.
@careguarden (5674)
• Philippines
27 Jan 11
Hello Greenmoo..Well, my opinion for that is its not too late to studied again even if sometimes your brain is aching, it is because you didn't practice it anymore before but don't you worry because I know from the meantime you can adopt the new course..Good luck..
@GreenMoo (11842)
27 Jan 11
Thanks for your best wishes. I'm greatly enjoying the course, but the routine is so different to my normal life that it's taking allot of getting used to.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
26 Jan 11
I have just finished a course at the University of Oxford on Cathedral building post the Norman conquest of England. It floated my boat alright. I am now thinking about doing one of two things: Another course there or an MA in the development and role of the Chapter House in secular cathedrals. You did ask!
@GreenMoo (11842)
26 Jan 11
You win the prize for the course title I'd least likely have guessed!
@bunnybon7 (36425)
• Holiday, Florida
26 Jan 11
i have studied writing through a mailed course. but no have not been back to school and the mailing course was years ago and i gave it up before completion, because i was working long hours then. but it was fun.
@GreenMoo (11842)
26 Jan 11
It's always fun to learn, even if we don't gain a qualification for doing so. I did a couple of correspondence courses myself some years ago.
@GardenGerty (99147)
• United States
26 Jan 11
I have taken a class on e bay selling, but never used it. I have also taken allied health courses. Certified nursing assistant, certified medication aid, social services designee, activity director. These were all for working in long term care. I do not care for the field, but I do love going to the classes. It does sound like it is very intense to study the agriculture related classes.
@GreenMoo (11842)
26 Jan 11
I can empathise with enjoying attending classes, though I've never attended similar ones. The study I'm doing just now is quite intense (it used to be 9 weeks and has been reduced to 5), but everything is relevant and I can immediately see how it works in a practical setting which makes it enjoyable.
@cher913 (25891)
• Canada
26 Jan 11
i think you should learn as much as possible for as long as possible. that is why we should read and play games like scrabble or word searches.
@GreenMoo (11842)
26 Jan 11
They say that games like that keep the brain exercised don't they?
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
26 Jan 11
Nobody can ever be considered too old to learn something new. We are learning everyday whether we realize it or not. When we are no longer learning then we are no longer breathing either.
@GreenMoo (11842)
26 Jan 11
Very true! I love extending my knowledge.
@chitchat (179)
• United States
26 Jan 11
I am 30 years & I'm in school. I say to any one who has the courage and the brilliance to go back to school: bravo! Good for you! You're not satisfied you want something more, you want something new & exciting & challenging to do. I applaud you. It's not easy but you're doing it so you should be proud of yourself.
@GreenMoo (11842)
26 Jan 11
That's kind of you to say, thanks very much. You deserve some congratulations yourself! What do you study?
@dragon54u (31617)
• United States
26 Jan 11
A few years ago I took some law courses, which I absolutely loved. I had planned to be a paralegal but my divorce attorney told me to save my money--at 52 I was well past the age where anyone would hire me, although he said nobody would admit I was too old. I'd simply be a chronically unemployed paralegal. The law is fascinating to me and it was fun to take classes. Good luck with your course! Hopefully, we'll see a little more of you while you continue your class.
@GreenMoo (11842)
26 Jan 11
I consider learning is as much for ourselves as for anything else, so good on you for sticking with the courses despite advice to the contrary!