What type of education do you have?

United States
April 2, 2007 9:46pm CST
Do you have a high school diploma? Did you go on to college to obtain your Associates or Bachelors degree? Maybe you even got your Masters degree? If you didn't go to college, was there a particular reason why you didn't? I graduated high school many many many years ago. It wasn't until I was in my 30's that I obtained my Associates degree in Early Childhood Education. Not really sure why I didn't do it sooner. I think I was just so happy to be done with high school, that I just wanted to be away from school for awhile.
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@missybal (4492)
• United States
3 Apr 07
I only have my high school diploma. I have always wanted to get a college degree however I keep having one misfortune after another and it pervents me from going. I'm only 24 so there is still so much time left to do it. I want to do it online though. I really don't need a degree to do what I want to do with my life. I already have two home businesses that are building slowly. It's more of something I want to do in order to say I did it. Now we really can't spare the money until my husband goes active in the military. But after that I plan to really get to work.
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@smartmom (827)
• United States
3 Apr 07
It is never to late to go back to school - always remember that and never doubt yourself or your abilities. I have seen with my own eyes, how the late starters actually end up doing better in college, because they are there with one purpose - to learn and to get good results. You should not hesitate to go back to school, even if you have children, because most often the campus will have a great day care program, and even better yet - they always offer discounted rates to students. I am 26, and I am returning to get my masters in August, I have two boys and I am all eager to start expanding my knowledge again.
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@faraza (159)
• Malaysia
3 Apr 07
I graduated about 7 years ago after 3 years of hard studying (4 year course crammed into 3. After that i've stop studying formally. but i do follow short courses online or while working to keep my mind up-to-date. i've always wanted to further my study to do masters degree and PHD but seeing how those certs won't give me any benefit at the moment (i'm working with the government where seniority is much more important that paper qualification), i'll put my plan on hold.
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• Latvia
3 Apr 07
I have 4 year Higher education in social work, but I worked in taht area only for couple years. I am in totaly diferent area - i would never think I would do what I do today.
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• Philippines
3 Apr 07
hi there..well i finish my high school and i got the diploma..i am not in 4th year level og bachelor science in nursing.will br graduate hopefully soon..and wishing to work abroad when i get my license as a registered nurse...
@Michele21 (3094)
• United States
3 Apr 07
I graduated from high school when I was 17. I went to Hawaii the following year after I turned 18 because one of my friends lived there...so we just hung out for a few months. Then I came back home, met a guy, enrolled in college, I always thought I would go to college and get a degree and make alot of money =) But I ended up getting married and got pregnant my first year of college. I was so embarassed and felt like such a failure that I dropped out and never went back. Now my daughter was the best thing that could have happened to me but at the time I didn't want to be pregnant walking around a college campus. I shuold have just stuck it out and finished but I didn't =)
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@smartmom (827)
• United States
3 Apr 07
You still have time Michele. I in fact got pregnant in college, and I gave birth to a wonderful boy in the beginning og my third semester. Yes it was akward with all the stares, but I kept my head up, and I let the rest of the university know that I could not wait to have my baby, and that I would continue my studies. Everyone told me that I had made the biggest mistake of my life, and that I was wasting all my talents. I graduated with a 3.9 GPA in 2004, and I proved them all wrong. My oldest son is now 4 1/2, and I have a 1-year-old son as well. I married the father of my child in May of 2005, and in August I am returning to school to get my masters degree. I am telling you this, because I want you to know that you are not the only one, who has been in that situation, and because I want you to now that it is possible to attend college while having a child. I took at least one evening class, and one weekend class each semester, and then I only had two or three classes during the week, so we got help from my mother-in-law and our neighbors' 14-year-old daughter. It worked out well, and when you learn how to prioritize and make every minute of the day worthwhile, then going to college and having a child is no problem. If you want to get that degree, I suggest that you check out all the financing opportunities that are available to you. With scholarships and financial aid you can go a long way, and there is often discounted daycare available to students at the college.
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@vokey9472 (1488)
• United States
4 Apr 07
You can go back at any age and get your degree. I told one woman a while back that letting her age stop her from achieving her dream of a degree was just plain silly. I am 34 and starting over from scratch with college. I don't care that I will most likely be the oldest freshman in my class. I look at this way, in 4 years I will be 4 year older with a degree. If I don't go back to school, I will still be 4 years older. Not to mention that we have to set the example for our children. By going back and getting that degree I am hoping that my son will see that no matter how long it took or how old I got, I made my dream come true. You have to just have the faith in yourself that you can do this. I know that you can, you just have to believe in yourself.
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@smartmom (827)
• United States
4 Apr 07
I completely agree with you. You should be so proud of yourself that you are going back to school, I think this is an amazing accomplishment at any age, because once you are out, it can be so difficult to go back to school. I also feel the same exact way as you about being a role model for our children. My four-year-old son is so eager to start school at the same time as his mom, and I always tell him that he can be whatever he wants to be, as long as he works hard. I really think it brings so much to the children, to see how their parents study hard, because they seem to realize that we practise what we preach. All of a sudden, the words have so much more meaning, when we tell them to study hard and to reach for their dreams.
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@vokey9472 (1488)
• United States
3 Apr 07
I graduated from high school in 1991. I went straight to community college for a semester, but had to drop out to work full time. I tried again in 1997 and had to drop out again to work full time. I am now 34 and planning to start back in the fall. This time circumstances are better and I won't have to drop out to work full time. I still am not sure what I want my degree in, but I do know that I want to go back. I want my degree but I also want to be able to tell my son that it doesnt matter how old you are when it happens, but that you can achieve your goals if you work at them.
• United States
3 Apr 07
That is a wonderful message to pass on to your son.
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• United States
3 Apr 07
That is a wonderful message to pass on to your son.
• Pakistan
3 Apr 07
I completed my Fsc in preengineering from college in 2003 and I am graduating in Agriculture with specialization in Entomology and in last semester!
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• United States
8 Apr 07
Hi daycarepal:) I graduated in 2001, and took a couple of years off before going to college, it was the best dicisions I think I have ever made. I made sure that nursing was my passion and now I am getting my BSN, and hopefully going on from there and getting my masters to become a nurse practitioner!
• United States
8 Apr 07
Wow that's wonderful. It sounds like you really have your life together. Keep up the good work!
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@juskoday (183)
• Philippines
9 Apr 07
I have a bachelors degree from information technology and currently working in the same field. There are some times though that I wish I took up something else, or made an effort to get by with a double major (like IT and Economics). Lately I've been tinkering with the idea of getting back to school to get a graduate degree but my schedule's hectic and my manager discourages against it right now. Perhaps in two years or so I'll get on with my plans.
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@lynd0n (226)
• Philippines
9 Apr 07
I've graduated from High School. Benn to 3 different universities. Dropped out in all of them. I guess I haven't really found the right course for me. Of course, I'm going to continue my education because it's the only thing that can never be taken away from me.
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@goldjay (465)
• United States
8 Apr 07
I have a BS degree. I went to college right out of high school. If I had it to do over again, I would have gone to community college for 2 years and then transferred to a 4 year school for my degree. It would have been cheaper and just as good. I had loans to pay off for way too long after graduation!
@nicole6 (43)
• Philippines
3 Apr 07
I obtain my bachelor's degree way back in 2000, but my course was chosen by my mother i never like because i wanted to pursue a nursing career though, but i have to follow them because that's what they want. Right now, im planning to take up caregiver course, i wanted to work in the hospital,really.do you?
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@jennysp8 (855)
• United States
3 Apr 07
I left highschool with a G.E.D....it wasn't until about 22 when I went to college and got an Associates in Business....I now am a stay at home mom and later in life I think I might go back for my Bachelors. My husband is currently working on his...so one at a time. I didn't go to college right away because I really didn't know what I wanted to do in life. It wasn't until I grew up alittle that I started to figure things out and realized education is extremely important.
@smartmom (827)
• United States
3 Apr 07
I have a B.A. in Communication and Journalism, and if my graduate studies account reaches the needed amount by July, then I am returning to school in August. I am very excited, yet a bit scared about going back to school, especially since I am currently a stay at home mom.
@natalie1981 (2000)
• Singapore
3 Apr 07
I graduated from college with a degree in accountancy. I've reviewed for 6 months then took the CPA board exams which I thankfully passed. I'm now in my second year of studying law and for the life of me, I don't know WHY i chose to study AGAIN!! :)
@nic_knick (741)
• China
4 Apr 07
i got a BA two years. and i worked very hard in my college. but now it sucks. i am working on a pretty shiitt job. and i am teaching a group of idiots in a school. everybody would be fed up with those kids. they are much too naughty, simply the y wouldnt listen to me when i am givign a lesson each day, and i work too much. the principal makes me work day and night. and 6 days in a week. have only one day off in a weeek. and i am unabe to hang out wiht my friends and even i can not find a girlfriend. how i am supposed to do? quitting job has been my favorte idea. so your ideas for me are inviting here at nic_knick@hotmail.com
• United States
4 Apr 07
If you are very unhappy with your job, it might be time to find a new one. Life is to short to be doing something that you don't enjoy.
@lynboobsy11 (11346)
• Philippines
8 Jul 07
I do have a diploma in high school and I do chance to get in college until 3rd yr. as Accounting major. But unfortunately I got pregnant with my ex-husband and I hope ti continue my studies then when I have no chance because I have twin child and no one will take care of them.
@jazzygdc7 (285)
• United States
8 Jul 07
I graduated high school five years ago with my local high school diploma. After I graduated, I decided right away to attend a community college for three years. It took me three years to earn my associate's degree. I was happy and did well. As a result, I transferred to a four-year instituion to work on my bachelor's degree. I am still attending my four year college and I have over 100 credits earned. I have one more semester to go and after that i will have my bachelor's degree! I will not attend any other colleges or university after I earn my bachelor's. I never wanted to take off a semester from school.
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@totty1969 (1473)
• United States
8 Jul 07
Hi daycarepal, I have my highschool diploma and G.E.D. I got the G.E.D. first then I got the diploma. I have a Bachelors degree in Landscape Architecture, and an Associates degree in Horticulture. I also have a one year certificate in Hydroculture. I am thinking of going back to get my Masters degree in Landscape Architecture, so I can teach in a University. Peace, Totty
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• United States
8 Jul 07
I have a Master's degree in history, and I started working on a Ph.D. in the same field, but didn't complete it. I got a full time job doing editing while I was working on my Ph.D., and there just wasn't enough time for school, work, and life, so I decided to quit school. I would love to go back, someday, but I am waiting until my fiance finishes school. He says that when he gets a job after school, he will put me through whatever Ph.D. program I want to do, since I will be helping put him through his schooling.
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@MLLanser (162)
• United States
8 Jul 07
Well, I just got reenrolled in school after not being in for many years. Now I am currently attending for a bachelors degree in business management and accounting. I let life get in the way for a long time, and had even tried going back about 4 years ago. At the time, I was out of work for a while and very poor, and could not even afford the books I needed. But now I seem to be in a little bit better place, I have a steady job that Ive been at for almost 2 years, and I have some support. I also do my schooling online, as it is very hard for me to find time to actually go to a classroom setting on a daily basis, as I am a single mother with 3 children working full time.
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