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I want to go to graduate school but I'm older than the typical grad student

Anyone btdt? i don't want to feel stupid. Would love some inspiration here.

Wed. May 21, 12:47pm

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how old are you? I alwasy thought grad school was for anyone. Heck I am getting another bachelors degree and our class is an even spread of a mix of 20-50 year olds (nursing).
There are a lot of kids going to grad school today just to prolong college. My brother is a "higher-up" at a big company and he wont hire someone who went to grad school straight out of college, he says they are just delaying growing up. only takes people who have had at least 2 years practical work experience before they went back to school.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008, 1:22 PM

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Don't let your fears hold you back! Especially when it comes to bettering yourself and getting (more of an) education. Once you get through that first week or so of class and get yourself reoriented to school-life, you'll forget why you ever thought twice about it.

For inspiration, I'm reminded of the OLD (90+ years old) man who went back to elementary school to learn how to read. The story made me cry.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008, 1:26 PM

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Yeah how old are you? I too am going back for my 2nd Bacherors in teaching and I'm 30. I'm going to roll straight into my Masters afterwards. One of the guys in my class is in his mid 60s.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008, 1:28 PM

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Age does not matter, if anything it gives you an edge, since you have more life experience. My father went back to school and got his graduate degree when he was 60. Anyone can go back, its silly to not do something based on fear. If we all stopped doing things because we were afraid we'd be a stagnate nation.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008, 1:32 PM

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i just started grad school last fall i'm 31. i thought i was old too, til i walked into class. we're all right around the same age. there's a few younger people sprinkled in, and few older. but i'd say at least in my program most of us are all the same age and phase of our careers. don't let it frighten you- GO BACK! i'm so glad i did!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008, 2:05 PM

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You should go! I'm in a graduate program right now, and eventhough I'm only 23, the majority of the others in my program are older. I actually think I am in the minority. In any event, you are not too old! Go!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008, 2:11 PM

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education knows no age and knowledge is power in this world.. follow your dreams and reach high for them and grabm them.. if you can dream it you can achieve it.. believe in yourself and go for it!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008, 2:31 PM

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better now than later...

I'm about to turn 30 and will start grad school this fall. While some of my classmates are younger, I think my age and experience gives me an edge. More maturity, more and varied experience, less prone to "immature stunts"...go for it!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008, 3:04 PM

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don't worry about it !!
- it is not like college where people are as interested in appearances, relationships, socializimg at all, but just learning and getting what you pay for. You will not be alone in your age group and/or no one will care. People are there to do a JOB.

One caveat - make sure it is the degree that you want and are going to USE - it is a lot of $$$$ and life is short.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008, 4:01 PM

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I just FINALLY graduated from a University. My class had a huge range of ages, from 20-somethings to our star student - who was 86!! She is absolutely amazing. The age for my division was 25-55, with most being in their 40's. DO IT!!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008, 6:36 PM

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