Going Back to School as an older Person

@winterose (39897)
Canada
February 20, 2008 12:08pm CST
I went to university at the age of 37 and graduated with a masters degree at the age of 43. The year I got my bachelors a lady graduated, she was 87 years old. She was just so happy she got her degree though she knew she would never do anything with it. Would you go back to school as an older person? HOw old would be the oldest that you would consider going back to school and why?
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@GardenGerty (115791)
• United States
21 Feb 08
I am fifty four, and my husband would like me to enter a degree completion program, because many of the things that interest me, that I am capable of, require that four year piece of paper. I have an Associate's Degree, and certificates for nurse aid, medication aid, social services designee, and activities director. I could get a bachelors in a year and a half, going one night a week, going less than five miles. Two colleges in town offer this kind of program. Actually, I think I would like another certificate, I would like to be a pharmacy technician. I would probably have to commute to do that, though. I want to be a life long learner, so I do not know how old I would be when I quit going to school. I am going to live to be at least 100.
@drannhh (15235)
• United States
21 Feb 08
Go for it, Gerty! And in a few years, when I am 110, lets go roller skating together in the park. I'd take a class with you, grrrl, but I think I've already taken all the classes there are, lol.
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• United States
20 Feb 08
A man got his GED at the age of 80 a long many years back. I was so glad to hear of that. I don't think I'll ever go back to school. Unless the teachers stopped calling on students to answer questions. I hate that and it's why I can't go back. If they stopped that part. I would go at the most 50.
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@winterose (39897)
• Canada
21 Feb 08
in university they don't call on you to answer questions it is mostly lectures
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
21 Feb 08
That is great you got to go back to school. That is also neat that an older woman also graduated. That is inspiring. I have thought about going back to school to learn something but I am so scared these days with all of the shootings that are going on. I don't think there is an age limit. My limit is fear.
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@kykidd (6818)
• United States
20 Feb 08
If I had the money I would go to school forever. As far as how long, I guess as long as I could still get around. I love learning new things, but I spend to much time trying to earn more money.
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@crazynurse (7489)
• United States
20 Feb 08
I think that if people wish to continue to get education then they should go no matter how old they are! I teach nursing in a small private college. We also had a lady in her late 80's to graduate from our college last year. She majored in communication. Like you, I went back to school late in life. I went for my bachelors straight out of high school, but I didn't get a masters degree until my 41st birthday! For myself, I don't think that I would start on a degree after age 50 or 55, but if others wish to, I think it is awesome! My reason for not wanting to start anything that late is that my focus now is making sure that my children get the degrees that they wish to get. I am helping them with the portion of their college educations that their scholarships did not cover.
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@williamjisir (22900)
• China
13 Jun 08
reading offers us pleasure - I love to study very much and I can always find pleasure from study. If financially permitted, I would like to go to university again to study another foreign language for four years to fulfill my dream and interest of learning a foreign language.
Hello dear winter rose. I love to study very much and I can always find pleasure from study. If financially permitted, I would like to go to university again to study another foreign language for four years to fulfill my dream and interest of learning a foreign language. You are very great as well as the 87-year-old. Here in China, there is a senior man aged more than 70 having taken part in the national college entrance examination for four successive years. He is not going to stop until he succeeds. I admire his high spirit and I feel encouraged by him. He is a very good example to me. I love the saying that it is never too old to learn. Thank you very much for this discussion, winter rose.
@winterose (39897)
• Canada
13 Jun 08
thank you for stopping by and I wish the best in life my friend.
• Philippines
21 Feb 08
student - you are never too old to be one
Nobody is too old to be in school. I believe that education is for everybody. If for some reason, you stopped studying and later on decided to go back to school, that's perfectly fine. I think that for as long as you are interested and that you are mentally, physically and emotionally ready for such activity then it's okay.
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@leasha11 (13)
• United States
21 Feb 08
I would go back to school at any age because if i wanted to do something and had to get a degree then i would. Im a person that will do whatever it takes to accompolish one of my goals in life.
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@ayou82 (3460)
• Philippines
21 Feb 08
There is nothing wrong going back to school even we are seventy or more still we are welcome to be in school. Coz in this life we need or want to learn more things around us and the best way to do that is practice our expertise through with the professionals in school
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@RobinJ (2501)
• Canada
21 Feb 08
Hi Rose I would love to take the following courses: a legal course I know it is complicated but I still would like to try and my second choice is I would love to go out on a dig, you know where they find very old things I have always thought that was so cool where it might be very boring to some, but I would love to be in the dirt with a small paint brush removing dirt from ancient objects. And finally I would have love to have been a research assistant to an author, again a ton of reading and of course summarizing what you have read, but sounds fascinating
• United States
21 Feb 08
I don't think a person is ever to old to get education. No matter what age it is if the person wants to do it and it makes them happy than go for it. I don't think a older person should be looked down on for wanting to learn more. It doesn't matter if they use the knowledge. Not only that it helps in the process of keeping the mind working. If I was 100 and still could get around and have my wits about me and decided to go back to college I would do it. I am the kind of person that if I feel like doing something I do it.
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@Gesusdid (1681)
• United States
21 Feb 08
there's nothing with going back to school and getting yours , i stopped for a semister so im ready to go back , i just 21 so i guess im not that old but as long as you know what you want in life and to accomplish it than go ahead do it no matter how old you are
@winterose (39897)
• Canada
21 Feb 08
you need to read the discussions and respond accordingly, this is not about me, if you read again you will see I have mine this is for older people, a question who old is too old for them to go back.