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College students

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by Kamdon, Aug 15, 2012.

  1. 1 year left for my PTA degree...

  2. You can do it. All it takes is good time management..... I come on here Only when I'm taking a break from the books.
  3. Team Peanut

    Team Peanut GRCH Dog

    i hope to one day :) for now though i would need all online classes. i am working on it though. though not college i am taking steps to become a professional dog trainer in the mean time :)

    JRSPITS Big Dog

    It is a huge sacrifice from the whole family when you're a returning adult student and it takes cooperation and support from everyone. I've wanted to quit so many times when I see how hard DH works to make money and cook dinner and keep our daughter in line; but he sees the bigger picture and keeps me going when I feel overwhelmed and inadequate. It's hard because I know how much even an extra $100 a week would mean to us if I could work instead.

    As for not making what we think we will when we get our degrees, I don't know how a college student in this economy isn't aware of the job market crisis. Where I live, you almost need a 4 year degree to work at McDonalds. However, it is an eye opener learning that after 8 years of school a veterinarian at a small animal practice averages a $45k salary!
  5. Jamielvsaustin

    Jamielvsaustin Good Dog

    I'm currently attending the community college in my area, after I get my AA I'll move on to UCF for my bachelor's degree. Shortly after high school I joined the military...putz around for a while, took one or two classes. Now I get paid to go to school by the military. I should have taken as many classes as were offered to me in the military because they were free, and didn't tap into the money I receive now. I don't think I'll have enough time (with the money that's offered to me) to actually finish my bachelor's degree. When people ask what my degree is in I say Business Administration, but it's actually Business Management. They're very similar (BM is offered at the college I go to, BA is not), and people typically ask-oh you want to be a manager? I don't. I work in the finance area and I want to keep doing what I'm doing while being paid more. I don't really look forward to being in charge of anyone.
  6. MJJean

    MJJean GRCH Dog

  7. KateNLeo

    KateNLeo Big Dog

    This is where I get discouraged. I got my MBA with honors and worked for a large investment firm for four years, helping smaller companies create 401k plans and when I quit to be a stay-at-home mom 9 years ago I wasn't even making $50k. After 4 years and WITH a MBA! Maybe my expectations were to high.

    On the flip side, I have a friend that opted to go straight out of high school to work at a different investment firm - NO COLLEGE AT ALL - and in 5 years, she was making six figures working from home in her pjs. True story, not exaggerating.

    I guess every situation is just different and unique to your field, location, market, etc.
  8. MurphysMom

    MurphysMom Little Dog

    I will probably go back in Oct for my Bachelor of Science in Nursing. I have a BA in polysci that I never really used, an an Associate's in Nursing, which I AM using. I don't have much of a choice in this. With the direction nursing is going in, you HAVE to have a BSN.
  9. ssmiechowski

    ssmiechowski Big Dog

    I have my BA in Politics.
    I am currently a 2nd year student (2L) at Vermont Law School. I am working on my JD, then I can take the Bar (andhopefully pass). Then I will work on my LLM, which is a specialized law degree.
    Good for you for going back to school. My father used to say, "knowledge is power", corny but true.
    Good luck and have fun working on thisdegree.
  10. ssmiechowski

    ssmiechowski Big Dog

    This is very true. I am only 23, but Ido have a family. I am married and we have a 3 year olddaughter. My husband works himself half to death it seems sometimes. He goes to work for 10-12 hours and then comes home and works on our house, which has been a work in progressfor 8+months.
    I believe that adult students, or students with children, must work harder to obtain their degree, and therefore value it more. I don't know how many times I look over and someone is surfingon FB duringclass. When you break it down my school charges approx. $400/hr. Why the hell wouldyou be fucking off with prices like that?

    JRSPITS Big Dog

    Exactly!! I have to say though, once I got to the upper level CHEM and BIOL classes, people like that dropped like flies lol.

    JRSPITS Big Dog

  13. ssmiechowski

    ssmiechowski Big Dog

    Hey I'm only 23 and I know I have an uphill battle with school loans too, you are not alone. I'm looking at a total of 200k in student loan debt. VT law charges 48k (after all the BS fees) per year. My monthlypayments will be between 1500- $2000/ month. I just laugh about it, because crying doesnt help.

    Quite a few first year law student fail out or drop out too. I think they do it on purpose to weed out the undedicated. But, even if you drop/fail out you still have to pay them.
  14. TannerG

    TannerG Boss Member

    I need to finish high school

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  15. Gatorpit

    Gatorpit Good Dog

    I'm finishing my second year at Full Sail University. Getting my bachelor's in Computer Animation. I've got a 3.8 GPA so far, lowest grade is a B+. :)

    I'm learning a whooooole lot of skills that can be put to use in a huge variety of graphic art applications. :)

    Currently I'm looking into working with Weta Digital out of New Zealand ( Avatar, new King Kong, Lord of The Rings, new Planet of The Apes), George Lucas' Industrial Light and Magic out of Cali (Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean), or Blue Sky (Ice Age, Rio) out of Ireland.

    And of course the old fallback...Pixar.
  16. Chapstickglue

    Chapstickglue Big Dog

    I'm working slowly on getting into vet school. It's what I'm most interested in and I'd rather just follow my passion than sit around looking at the risk factors and costs...everything kinda just works out in the end anyway. I think the key to getting paid more than the $45k average is to put the extra time into specializing. Right now I'm leaning toward orthopedic surgery (if I do small animal) or reproductive stuff (large animal).

    I've been in college since I was 17 (24 now)...I've got three degrees and I will be applying to vet schools in a year or so.

    JRSPITS Big Dog

    The difference between us is add another 10 years to your age and 6 more years of school. If it takes me 30 years to pay off my 150k of loans once I graduate, I'll be 70 :lol:

    The up side is DH and I have prepared for this so our house will be paid off before I even start vet school and our loan for the new roof we put on this year will be paid off by the time I finish vet school so my loans will essentially be my mortgage.

    On the down side, my daughter will be a college freshman when I start my 3rd year in vet school :panicsmiley: Those ought to be a fun two years with no money lol.
  18. JokerGirl

    JokerGirl Big Dog

    School starts back up in a week for me! Last semester! I'm getting pretty damned nervous!
  19. MJJean

    MJJean GRCH Dog

    No matter what happens or how long it takes you to pay off your loans at least you aren't Al.

    Al is my husbands friend. He has a bachelors in Liberal Arts that was paid for by his parents because they were college professors and their kids got to go to their college for free. He has been in college on student loans for over 10 years since then with no actual degree in sight.

    He owes over $150,000 and works as a part time lifeguard. He has zero work experience outside of life guarding and his Liberal Arts degree doesn't qualify him for much. What it does qualify him for he never gets hired to do because he is over 35 and has no real work history.

    His plan, instead of getting some kind of real job, is to just continue to go to school pretty much forever because as long as he is in school he doesn't have to pay on those loans.

    I have tried and tried to tell him this is a bad plan, but deaf ears.

    So, whenever your student loans get you down, think of Al and rejoice that you aren't him.

    JRSPITS Big Dog

    OMG :eek4:

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