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Old 01-15-2011, 11:11 AM   #1
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Unemployed, back to college, and random gibberish.
I quit my really good paying IT job about a year ago. I was there nearly 10 years and loved my job. It's a very long, sad story about why I quit but it was necessary for my own well being. But like most people right now, jobs are very hard to come by. I am lucky to be in a situation where I am living OK without worrying about money as long as I don't go crazy shopping which isn't a problem because I HATE shopping except online (amazon.com is my best friend).

So, now I have an opportunity to do what I want most. I will be 36 next month and decided to go back to college!!! I know it's never too late or never too old but it's hard.

I have to point out I am lucky to have a very supportive boyfriend who encourages me to do what I love and he is always here to give me that little push when I can't seem to move forward. He is an active firefighter/paramedic, he owns his own online business, we are also doing web design for small businesses and individuals which may be a 2nd full online business soon, and he takes online college courses to help advance his firefighter career and pay scale too. He is one motivated man. He still finds time and energy for all these things AND he plays hockey and he races mini-carts and he makes his own bio-diesel and processes veggy oil that is used as alternative fuel for his car. Serious, I don't make this up. I aspire to be more like him, although I'm not nearly as motivated as he is. I like to sit and read, sit and knit, and sit and play video games.

I digress.

This is my first semester back in school in 12 years. Wow, I am scared. I already have science degrees but those are basically useless since what I want to do is in the arts dept. I want to get my B.A. in English followed by Library Science which requires a Masters degree. Yes, my life long dream is to be a librarian. Most people look at me like I'm stupid when I say that. I love books, I love reading, and I love getting others to read, learn, and enjoy it.

I started classes this past week. I may regret this but I am taking 3 writing intensive courses my first semester back. I don't know if other states have the Gordon Rule but it requires 4000 words or more throughout the course, well all 3 of my courses are Gordon Rule. That's A LOT of writing. English Comp II which is more technical and I'm taking it as a refresher since I've been out of school so long. I am also taking British Literature - up to the 18th Century, and Humanities - Renaissance through the Age of Reason.

With all this said, soon as I started my classes, I get a call for an interview for a very upscale job in a resort. I wanted this job so bad when I applied but never was called. Anyway, I went on the interview this week and they are doing all the paperwork but I still haven't been offered the job. I don't know if I want it or not now. I do but at the same time I have a big course load that can't be dropped now without losing some money. I'm not very confident I"ll get the job in the end anyway but regardless, I will take whatever comes and do my absolute best.

Ok I'm done with my gibberish for now. Thanks for all who take the time to read through.
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Old 01-15-2011, 01:00 PM   #2
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I quit my really good paying IT job about a year ago. I was there nearly 10 years and loved my job. It's a very long, sad story about why I quit but it was necessary for my own well being. But like most people right now, jobs are very hard to come by. I am lucky to be in a situation where I am living OK without worrying about money as long as I don't go crazy shopping which isn't a problem because I HATE shopping except online (amazon.com is my best friend).

So, now I have an opportunity to do what I want most. I will be 36 next month and decided to go back to college!!! I know it's never too late or never too old but it's hard.

I have to point out I am lucky to have a very supportive boyfriend who encourages me to do what I love and he is always here to give me that little push when I can't seem to move forward. He is an active firefighter/paramedic, he owns his own online business, we are also doing web design for small businesses and individuals which may be a 2nd full online business soon, and he takes online college courses to help advance his firefighter career and pay scale too. He is one motivated man. He still finds time and energy for all these things AND he plays hockey and he races mini-carts and he makes his own bio-diesel and processes veggy oil that is used as alternative fuel for his car. Serious, I don't make this up. I aspire to be more like him, although I'm not nearly as motivated as he is. I like to sit and read, sit and knit, and sit and play video games.

I digress.

This is my first semester back in school in 12 years. Wow, I am scared. I already have science degrees but those are basically useless since what I want to do is in the arts dept. I want to get my B.A. in English followed by Library Science which requires a Masters degree. Yes, my life long dream is to be a librarian. Most people look at me like I'm stupid when I say that. I love books, I love reading, and I love getting others to read, learn, and enjoy it.

I started classes this past week. I may regret this but I am taking 3 writing intensive courses my first semester back. I don't know if other states have the Gordon Rule but it requires 4000 words or more throughout the course, well all 3 of my courses are Gordon Rule. That's A LOT of writing. English Comp II which is more technical and I'm taking it as a refresher since I've been out of school so long. I am also taking British Literature - up to the 18th Century, and Humanities - Renaissance through the Age of Reason.

With all this said, soon as I started my classes, I get a call for an interview for a very upscale job in a resort. I wanted this job so bad when I applied but never was called. Anyway, I went on the interview this week and they are doing all the paperwork but I still haven't been offered the job. I don't know if I want it or not now. I do but at the same time I have a big course load that can't be dropped now without losing some money. I'm not very confident I"ll get the job in the end anyway but regardless, I will take whatever comes and do my absolute best.

Ok I'm done with my gibberish for now. Thanks for all who take the time to read through.
You can get through school!! I graduated with a degree in computer science when I was 40!! You Go Girl!!
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I'm sure you'll make the decision that will make you happy... just remember why you quit the IT job and make sure that's not going to be a problem with that other one you got a call on. For the meanwhile, don't think of it too much and continue with school... it seems they're not in a real hurry to fill the position, anyway...
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Sounds like some wonderful courses you are taking! You CAN do it!
Best of luck to you!
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I'm so impressed by you for even considering it and I can tell just from your message that you'll be successful. You made what sounds like a very difficult decision in order to better your life and you have a wonderful, energetic partner to help motivate you (i.e., kick your butt) when things get difficult or you lose focus.

Take a little encouragement from my brother. He's 50 y.o., a former Army Airborne guy who has damaged legs and eyes (he's legally blind) and he's back in school. And, in keeping with his personality, he didn't take the easy road. He's getting his degree in Chemical Engineering (one of the most difficult fields) at one of the hardest schools (Missouri Science and Technology) and he's a 4.0 student. You can do it too!

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I went back to school around your age - it was awesome!!! I found that due to my age, I was a more responsible student than the 18 year olds were. They would forget to do assignments/forget about exams etc and I kept lists/prioritized etc. I didn't get the awesomest grades though, I stupidly took classes that were too hard (Physical Anthropology) (Latin - eeewww) and (Sociology OMG) but I passed every class and never dropped any classes. My worst mark I think was a C- in LAtin and I worked my hiney off for that C-!!! :O

I would start off with intro classes and do NOT take too many classes right out of the gate. Go easy on yourself. Make time to study and study a LOT. Form study groups. AND make friends!!!
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Thanks to everyone for the encouragement. I made the decision to keep my 3 classes, online, for this semester. AND I GOT THE JOB!! They called me a couple days with an offer that I couldn't pass up and made it Full Time W/ full benefits. I get to scrap this crappy independent insurance I have! So I start the new job next week. The biggest benefit of online courses is all assignments are posted up front, in detail, for the entire semester so already I am two weeks ahead and this weekend I plan to start all of my bigger assignments to ensure I stay caught up. This job is nothing I am familiar with so I am nervous but not really scared. I know my skills and capabilities and this is definitely something I will excel at and will help me reach my end goal.

My biggest fear.....where will I find time to enjoy my hobbies? Esp knitting and my video games! Oh no.

Again, thanks to everyone for the stories and encouragement.
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Oh dang, you find yourself stuck in a video game world, too? Yeah... it's nice you got the job- yay! You can continue with the schooling and just do a few classes at a time... being that it's online, it's so flexible! Yeah... you might not have a life for a bit, though...
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Oh dang, you find yourself stuck in a video game world, too?
Yes I was raised in a good home where video games were very popular. My Mom is almost 60 and still plays games. lol

I am obsessed with my Xbox360 although I don't get to play much lately. I also play WoW with my Mom. It's great, we get to interact and socialize and do something fun together from different states.
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