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4/27/07 12:07 AM
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Jeepster
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I am going back for a carer change at 31. It is not a problem. You will have a much better perspective than someone who hasn't had a job for a couple of years.
4/29/07 2:58 PM
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I graduated at 27. 20 is a really good time to go. Just don't get too caught up in the bar scene when you turn 21. And just remember this, if you aren't going to graduate school, law school or med school, having perfect grades isn't as important as lining a job up while you are still in school. If you are gonna get a CLA degree this is especially important. While you are in school you have this shiny appeal to businesses. They like getting you before anyone else has a chance. Make sure you do a coop or an internship, even if it affects your grades in your last year. Also the grades thing isn't as important for grad school as it is for law school or med school. To get into a graduate school with mediocre grades, you can always take a couple grad level courses after you graduate and Ace that shit.
10/25/07 12:42 PM
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i'm 25 and still haven't graduated. just lazy, unmotivated and first two years here were partying and sleeping. just go!
10/26/07 11:39 PM
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No. I took three years off and traveled. I started at 21. It's worth it at any age.
11/6/07 6:36 AM
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30 in medical school.. Its not going so well for me. as well. At least u have a fresh start. Keep ur head up man.
11/19/07 2:58 PM
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I went right after school and got 3 associate degrees due to the fact that I fucked off a ton and didn't want to work. Went for like 6 or 7 years. I'm back in school now with the intention of going to school for social work. Now I'm thinking about just finishing up my business administration into a 4 year.
11/20/07 1:01 PM
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I did the same as Naqis. Didn't start tillI was 23. Turned out fine. No one even really noticed.
11/20/07 6:16 PM
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KandKfan Hang in there. I'm 37, will be 38 in January. Will be starting residency in June. Luckily, I pre-matched, so I don't have near the stress that some of my peers have. By the way, I wasn't the oldest in my class.
11/23/07 5:38 PM
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HEMAN
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rls99...jesus man u got my respect. Can you please tell me how you got the balls to go back??? I'm scared shitless of being in debt etc...
11/24/07 1:38 AM
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I'm going to be applying to med school this year @ 33. What residency are you in?
11/28/07 11:25 PM
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It really is no big deal- grad school is full of people in their 40's and 50's.
12/6/07 2:28 PM
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im almost 24, and thinking about leaving my job of 5 years/girlfriend of the same, house i've been renting for 3 years, just to go try something new! except i wont because i love my g/f and like most, afraid of change
12/27/07 5:43 PM
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Edited: 27-Dec-07
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20-21 is actually a good age to be freshman. A lot of the freshman girls who can hook up the booze. Besides when you start going to 21 and over clubs tons of the girls in there will be 18-19. All jokin aside. Too old is when you are no longer able to learn or put it into any use. I met tons of people going back to school as freshman at 22-23 yrs old after serving in the military.
12/30/07 1:15 PM
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Never too old to keep learning. Especially if your changing careers or going to learn something new. I went back at 30 and saw people in there 60's taking classes. One guy in one of my classes was a retired police officer who going for certification as an X-ray technician.
1/12/08 1:51 AM
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37 and in my 2nd year
1/20/08 1:47 AM
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LOL I'm applying for a second run through at university and I'm 26....

20 sounds like an almost perfect age to start...
1/21/08 6:55 AM
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There is a guy in my Biology lectures and he is 60 something. No one talks to him though i feel sorry for him.

 

Knows everything there is to know though.

1/25/08 7:43 PM
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WTF most people coming out of the military apply at 20....
2/5/08 10:41 AM
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Balls to go back? Married, no kids. No undergrad debt - worked full-time. Hated my job. Debt? Holy shit, just a shade over 300K. Will be starting a path residency in Tennessee in July. It's never too late to start, but if you wait too long, you're going to have a hell of a time trying to save for retirement. DevilDawg has a great point. My first attempt at college happened right after getting out of the Corps. I was 22. Was the designated beer provider in the dorm. Case for you, half case for me. Free booze and got laid alot.
6/8/08 4:05 AM
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better late than never.
6/10/08 1:00 PM
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RamK
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never too late.

if someone asks why you started late. just say you were in prison
6/30/08 12:34 PM
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shen
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The posters are correct...

My best friend decided to go to college at 36...

He had been a "bum" pretty much, had very low-wage "slacker" jobs (waiter, phone sales, etc.). That is where we met, lol. He would backpack around Asia for 6-months, come back and live in his car for a while until he found another crappy job.

He was/is a very smart guy.

At 36 decided to a local J.C. (Pierce College). He hadn't taken a class since he was 17, but was a big reader. He got a 4.0. Then went UCLA and got a 4.0.

He got into the Ph.D Program in Lingustics at U.C.L.A. graduated and is now an Associate Professor in Lingustics at a major University.
6/30/08 12:38 PM
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DaveFu
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Shen failed to mention that being a Professor is the ultimate slacker job.
6/30/08 1:39 PM
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shen
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^ You got that right!
6/30/08 1:42 PM
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DaveFu
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Thank you professor Shen!

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