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Going back to school in your 30's.... Going back to school in your 30's....

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Unread 01-15-2003, 08:07 PM
Going back to school in your 30's

I'm also 31 and back in school. I dropped out of college twice, never knew what I really wanted to do. I think that in your 30's you have a much better appreciation for education and you can identify with your instructors/professors on a whole new level. It's hard to get into the study mode, I'd rather just come home anc chill, but it's on my dime this time, so I work harder. I'm only going back part time for now and working full time at the college I'm going to, kind of convenient! You may want to check into the Talbot's scholarship. It was specifically designed for women who graduated high school more than 10 years ago and are returning to start or complete their degree. Just go to Talbots.com and check it out. Good luck!
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Unread 01-21-2003, 10:50 AM
Going back to school in your 30's....

Thanks again for everyone's responses and for encouraging me to go for it!

I just got off the phone with the advising office at the college I will be going to and I made an appointment to talk with an advisor on Friday! To me, this is a huge step. I was put on hold when I called and I was thinking to myself "I could just hang up and forget the whole thing", but that's not me.....I will not let fear get in the way of doing this! I was shaking when I got off the phone, but now I'm excited. I know I sound pathetic, but this is going to be such a huge change for me.....I will be going from ballerina/ballet teacher to a nurse. What a change and change can be scary at times. I do know if I don't go for it, I will regret it. So, now that I took the first step, there's no backing out. Once I start something, I committ to it until the end!

Here I go!
Unread 01-21-2003, 10:53 AM
Going back to school in your 30's....

Good for you! Change is scarey - but very exciting. I wish you the best of luck!!

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Unread 01-21-2003, 11:54 AM
Going back to school in your 30's....

I started back last quarter, at 48. I'm off this quarter to finish a project that I began last quarter but then will be back at the UCLA writer's certificate program.

A suggestion: there are a LOT of jobs in a hospital that are well-paid, rewarding, and require similar early training to nursing. I am a "diagnostic medical sonographer" (aka ultrasound technologist). The pay is excellent, and for 20+ years I have loved what I do. My DH is a respiratory therapist and manages a department in a childrens' hospital. There are many careers open in healthcare, and shortages of personnel in all of them.

Both my DH and I have worked NICU for years, and our DD spent the first two months of her life in one, so I feel qualified to speak to this. It's a wonderful job, especially when you get to send a baby home. But it is also heartbreaking and difficult. I love doing pediatrics, but. like geriatrics, it's not for everyone.

The other thing to keep in mind as you look at careers is the physical challenge of it all. As a ballet instructor, you're in a much better position to be physically up to the task of standing as much as 8 - 10 solid hours a day than others! And if you're a person who likes to move rather than having a desk job, then healthcare is an excellent option for you -- we don't sit down very often! .

Most adult students are more disciplined, organized, and focussed than their "transitional" counterparts. I don't know about anyone else, but I threw away a National Merit Scholarship to UCLA because I majored in running away from home at 16 rather than being prepared to actually learn anything. Now I feel much more prepared than I ever did then!

Good luck, and follow your dreams. You might want to check out the nursing fair at your local hospital...most of them do offer scholarship assistance in exchange for contracts to work a couple of years afterward. And perhaps you could have an opportunity to "shadow" someone for a day or two, to get an idea of the work. My hospital offers that sort of program, and it would give you a clear look at the actual job, rather than the "dream" of it.

If you want any more information about our NICU experiences, you can get in touch with me. We have a number of friends who are NICU nurses and we're pretty familiar with it all...

to all those who believe that it's never too late to start!

Unread 01-23-2003, 02:32 PM
Going back to school in your 30's

I'm soooo proud of you, getting started is the hardest part!! It is a huge change, homework, tests, ugh!! But it's well worth it. When I look around the class, I know that I'll be competing with people 10 years younger than me for jobs when we get finished, but I also know that many of these same people will not finish or will wimp out, plus us older chicks have more experience and savvy anyway!! Keep us posted, please! Time to go study...
Unread 01-23-2003, 04:47 PM
back to college

I too am going back to college and if I can do it - anyone can!! I worked for 9 years as a dental assistant and then I got a job as a phlebotomist in the hospital lab and loved it. I just completed associates in science and have been accepted into the Medical Technology program - I start in June and the following May will have my Bachelors Degree. I too thought of nursing at one time but once I worked in the lab I knew it was for me - I work in a small hospital so I will still have some patient contact. There is so much more to working in the lab than most people realize - it can be very demanding but is an integral part of patient care and it is always interesting!! I can't wait to be done and working full -time.
The hardest part was making the commitment to start!! Anyone can do it if you set your mind to it. I have found it very rewarding and has boosted my self-esteem. I think my kids (ages 9 & 11) and husband are proud of me. That helps get through the tough times!!!
I would encourage everyone to pursue their dreams!!!
Good luck!

FYI - there is a real shortage of Medical Technologists here in the Midwest and consequently the pay is increasing
Unread 01-31-2003, 06:01 PM
Just found your post

I went back to college at 30 exactly and graduated *** laude in 1984. There's a lot of older student in college these days so you shouldn't feel out of place. Also, the instructors are your age and over so you get a little more respect. I did.

Good luck and have fun.
Unread 01-31-2003, 08:00 PM
Going back to school in your 30's....

Here's an update on going back to school..............

I registered at the college and in a few weeks I will be signing up for my classes. I take my placement testing in a week and a half. Then I will start spring term. In my mind, even though I haven't comitted to anything yet, there is no turning back! I am going to do this and I am soooo excited! I never thought I'd be excited about school!

I might even qualify for VA benefits because my dad is a Vietnam veteran and is 100% disabled. My younger brother is getting his schooling covered, but because of my age, I might not qualify. I just filled out the application today, so we'll see. Wouldn't it be nice, but I'm not counting on anything!

I will keep you all posted. Just think, in just a few years, I will be a registered nurse!!!!!!! You just watch! I'm going to do it!
Unread 01-31-2003, 08:12 PM
Going back to school in your 30's....

Here's my update:

I'm enrolled in one chemistry class, Chem 102, with discussion section and lab. My boss is being very understanding about letting me take this class, which meets during the day. But it does mean I get to work at 7:15 and leave at 5:00. Then homework!

So far, I love it. The textbook has a Web site with flash cards and interactive lessons, the professor is interesting and engaging, and the labs are...stupid. But you can't have everything. And it's just the first lab, which by a law of nature has to be about finding the density of common objects. It should get better.

Tonight I'm making flash cards with the common polyatomic ions. I'm going on a road trip to a ball in Ann Arbor and I can study in the car (I'm not driving).

I feel better and better about this decision.
Unread 02-04-2003, 01:29 PM
Going back to school in your 30's....

Just graduated in May 2002 with my BA in Child Development (started college at 30 years old). It was for the most part one of the greatest times in my life, except for the uterus cancer and treatments during my senior year. Any hestersister considering going back to school can make their dream come true because you have the courage and the strength that has brought you this far in your life.

By the way any hystersisters out there that works with children after finding out they will never be a mother?????????????????

I had my own daycare in my home for five years and loved it. My DH is the one that encouraged me to go to school. But I figured that we would have had our own biological children someday too. Now it is time for me to go back to work and I am scared. Even the thought of the interview process and the dreaded question, "Do you have children?" has me sick to my stomache and rehearsing the possible responses to give.

Ladies follow your educational dreams!!!!

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