Do you think there is such a thing as too old to study?

@puccagirl (7303)
Israel
January 31, 2011 5:10am CST
A lot of people I know think that only young people should study for new careers etc. at university etc. But I think that is completely wrong! I mean, it is completely possible to start over and start learning something new at an older age as well. It might require some more courage than when you are younger, but I still really admire people who do that. What do you think? Should people who are, lets say 35 and over, start studying for new careers or is it too late? What do most people in your country think about that, do you think?
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@carmelanirel (20948)
• United States
31 Jan 11
What the others say is correct, NO WAY!!!! is anyone too old. I am much older than 35 and started taking classes last fall. The only problem I am having is with math, but I had that same problem when I was 15, so age has nothing to do with it..
@puccagirl (7303)
• Israel
31 Jan 11
Yes, I guess we will still be who we are even if we give it a try when we are older. That makes perfect sense to me. Good luck with your classes by the way! :)
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• United States
31 Jan 11
Thanks, and to prove you are never too old to learn, a good friend who I was chatting with about math was able to explain my problem and I got it..
@zweeb82 (5653)
• Malaysia
31 Jan 11
Nah, I don't think soCome on, learning is a life long process, it's never ending even until we're six feet underSadly, in our country it's not a widely accepted concept as we often see young people in higher learning facilities but I don't recall seeing any older people. I remember when I was studying & there was this guy who's already 25 & married. People felt a bit weird. And also there's another guy who was nearly 30 I think& people were likeHaha!~
@puccagirl (7303)
• Israel
31 Jan 11
Yeah, I know what you mean. It is the same where I live. I think it is kind of sad, but it is a fact in some countries, I guess.
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@zweeb82 (5653)
• Malaysia
1 Feb 11
Yeah, very sad indeed. The mindsets of the people have to change if the society wants to progress.
@thanks1961 (7035)
• India
31 Jan 11
Hi dear, Just 2 mts. back I overheard a discussion which was going on my behind about the subject. One of the colleague is talking to the other one that a person just took a engineering degree at the age of 60, in the US. As I was busy doing something else, I could not fully listen to their conclusion. However, I think study is never ending and the universities and other institutions are kept age limits or barriers due to several reasons. But for learning, age has no limit and at any point of time we can prepare for studies and appear for exams. For certain exams, we need to complete the minimum age and there is no maximum limit. Also, heard that there are people complete their graduation at the age of 50s and all. So, it is common and if they are good enough to learn and study, there is no issue to continue further studies and get into job also. Many are doing so. Thank-s
@puccagirl (7303)
• Israel
31 Jan 11
I see that there are tons of examples like that out there. Glad to hear it! Thanks for taking the time to replY!
@stk40m (1119)
• Koeln, Germany
31 Jan 11
I think that people at any age should not hesitate to study and learn. However, for starting a new career when you're older the chances often are not the same as for younger people. So I suppose it's a question of how society deals with it. If companies would employ older people as much as young people then it would be easy. Unfortunately many societies don't have much to offer here. Again, apart from career I'd say that it's essential to learn things, no matter how old you are.
@puccagirl (7303)
• Israel
31 Jan 11
Yes, I suppose you have a point there. I didn't think about that!
@Lizabett (59)
• Australia
31 Jan 11
Theres a bloke who was in the paper while ago for being the oldest university graduate. I think he was about 85 and studied law. And he's going back to study biology! He proves you are never to old to study and if you really want to know something theres noone who can stop you. Such inspiration.
@puccagirl (7303)
• Israel
31 Jan 11
What a wonderful example! I love hearing stories like that! thanks for sharing!
@NoWayRo (1061)
• Romania
31 Jan 11
Absolutely not, you cannot be too old to study, ever. I'm planning to go back to school after I turn 40, not to change my career, but because there are some things I've always wanted to learn for myself. I always wanted to study philosophy, in a more organized manner than I do at home with my own readings, but it was obvious I could never make a career out of that, so I postponed it, for now. Of course, if you study when you're older, some things may not come as easy, especially things that require learning by heart. Also, with a day job and all, obviously you'll have less time than young people who do nothing else but study, but the lifelong experience will also come in handy for solving various assignments. Where I live, it's not extremely unusual for older people to resume their studies. Not standard practice, but may universities offer various incentives, including night classes or long-distance learning, especially for these people. Just thinking quickly about the people I know, I can name at least three who got their diploma after 40.
@puccagirl (7303)
• Israel
31 Jan 11
That is so inspirational, I really like your plan and I totally think you should do that! Glad to hear that it is not so uncommon where you live to study at an older age too, I wish that was common everywhere, to tell you the truth. Thanks for taking the time to reply by the way!
@marguicha (191367)
• Chile
1 Mar 11
I don´t think it is usual to study when you are older in my country. But is certainly can be done and there are pros and cons for that. I studied my second career when my daughters started the university. I found out then what I wantd to to "when I grew up". My yonger friends learned faster than I did but I had a capacity for synthetising that they lacked. I learned to have another generation as frinds and that has helped me a lot. I don´t think you need more courage. Studying is fun and as you get old you discover the wonders of it.
@QeeGood (1213)
• Sweden
27 Feb 11
I'm a student 52 years old trying to get credits for going to college. As time is you need to renew your educational skills, if you want to be part of what's going on in the world. Unless you already have a good job, which give you the income to live a good life.
• United States
27 Feb 11
I'm at a crossroads with this. I have been thinking about this. However, I don't know that I can afford not to, or afford to go back to school... and then the big question of my life what to go back for? Noting really interests me. And what does I can't earn much of a living at nor do I have the confidence to know what I do well and go from there. I like gardening but how do I get a job at that? I could do the horticulture program but then where would I find a job? Same with crochet... can't get a job at that other than an etsy acct and sell a few things here and there. And any office work I'd have to go back to school because I'm not very familiar w/ excell, power point ect... but would that gurantee me a job? I don't know! I went to school once and my degree is a scam... ie a degree to work retail! And the only way to become a retail buyer is thru 2 companies here and that's it... very limited options to continue on and go into huge debt to get my BA in it KWIM?
@tkonlinevn (5972)
• Vietnam
18 Feb 11
All people in our country want to learn whenever they can. But you know, when they're over 30 years old, they mush take care their family, so they can't do that. They must work, save money for many things. So, they can't come back the university. We don't have any supports from government if we want to come back to lean such as some Europe countries...
@mythociate (20812)
• Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
9 Feb 11
Maybe not 'too old,' but 'too set-in-your-ways'; too right-handed to write with your left hand.
@jdyrj777 (6537)
• United States
3 Feb 11
Maybe when the babies get older they will see that they are not too old to learn and start over.
• United States
2 Feb 11
i think your never to old i learn something new everyday
@aerous (13452)
• Philippines
2 Feb 11
It's too late for older to study something. Because education is a continuous process... Here in our country there are old enough still in school. They are willing to learn a lot even if they are old. They want to discover that education is not being late to them and show to young people that education is very important
@pokumon (645)
• United States
1 Feb 11
It is never too late to further your education. I think it might be harder to study as you age, but if anything you are more motivated to do well later in life after you've gotten some perspective. Young people all just want to party and don't care about their studies as much.
@margeryann (1845)
• United States
1 Feb 11
I don't think it is ever to late to study to have a better career.Yes, it will be harder since you forgot a lot about what you learned in school and schools change so much on the subjects but you can learn how to do it. There is lots of people in my country that are older that go to college. Good luck and have a good day!
@patgco22 (35)
• South Africa
1 Feb 11
When you study at a younger age, your goal is to get recognised qualifications so that you will be able to get job. To me to be at the age of 40 year and more and study you want to be on the statistic because in my country you will never get the job, only what the top managers of some companies they need or say the new blood is what they are looking for. is it not a waste of time to study at an older age? to me if you study at that age, is for your orbituary
@jeyeem (55)
• Philippines
1 Feb 11
I don't know what most people in our country think, but I think that no one is too old to study. Learning is a continuous process, so education should not be limited to the young. There is really no harm in studying and taking up another degree even at an old age. Nomatter what everyone says, education is for everyone, young or old, so if one really wants to study, then go for it! nothing lost, more gained. haha!
@choconut (297)
• Philippines
1 Feb 11
It's never too late to study, because one thing constant in these changing world is that everyone will always remain a student. Yes, its true! We are all students, but we may have different teachers. For some, their teachers are their experience. Besides, its really admirable for someone whose 35 and up that goes back to school to learn new things because its takes a lot of courage and motivation to do that. And also, because it just shows that they really value their education. Another thing, we shouldn't let our age hinder us in seeking answers, so don't get discourage and face it head on. Go back to studying in school, and let them see that not because you're old means you lack the skills, you should show them that because you're more experience you can do better. God bless.
@eurekafemme (5881)
• Philippines
1 Feb 11
It is never too late to start a new path if you really want to. Besides, life is a never ending process that we must learn to adapt to such processes and equipped ourselves. Education is for everybody, and that is for all ages, too. When I was studying in college I had classmates who were old enough to be my grandparents. And when asked what made them decide to study even at their old age, their answer was, it was the chance they had been waiting for. When they were younger, they had no chance to get a degree because of financial difficulties, family matter or health issues. Now, that they had been given that chance, old age will never become a hindrance. And yes, they succeeded. They even got a new job.