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Old 07-03-2008, 11:32 AM
 
Location: Fairbanks, AK...formerly Kentucky
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I would go back for my Masters in Historic Preservation. I was going to start before I moved up here to the frozen tundra and that put a stop to things. There is no degree program up here for it plus there is not any need for it so it would be pointless while I live in AK but if I ever get to move back home getting my Masters is one of my goals.
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Old 07-03-2008, 11:55 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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I would go back for my Masters in Historic Preservation. I was going to start before I moved up here to the frozen tundra and that put a stop to things. There is no degree program up here for it plus there is not any need for it so it would be pointless while I live in AK but if I ever get to move back home getting my Masters is one of my goals.
I have a friend that did this at the University of Vermont, then got a 'dream job' with the Historic Charleston Foundation.
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Old 07-07-2008, 03:41 PM
 
Location: Fairbanks, AK...formerly Kentucky
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Oh wow, I envy your friend. That has to be an amazing job. I think my dream job would probably be Colonial Williamsburg or at a museum. Instead I get to be a paper pusher. Woo Hoo
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Old 07-07-2008, 04:03 PM
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Location: The beautiful Rogue Valley, Oregon
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I went back to school (and then graduate school) starting at 35, to get degrees in geology and engineering. Loved it (and have thought about going back again). There were some interesting differences in going to school at that age, and I have to say one of them is lower tolerance for BS from professors and fellow students. I paid my way through school, every damned dime of tuition, books and fees, out of money I'd saved up and it really annoyed me to have my time wasted by unprepared professors/graduate student TAs or other students who hadn't paid attention and weren't doing the work and bogged down the class.

My advice for returning students: start at a community college, especially for beginning math and science courses. You will be taught by a full professor, not a graduate student with questionable English skills and zero experience teaching, and the community colleges care about retention rates. A lot of the full universities have delusions of grandeur and view drop-out rates as proof of exclusivity and rigor, which is flat-out BS. Any person of average intelligence can get through the first year of physics, chemistry and calculus IF it's taught well and the students are provided support (and are interested in learning it, of course).
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Old 07-07-2008, 05:29 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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I would attend the finest school in the world for violinmaking and open up my own shop in San Francisco or New York.
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Old 07-08-2008, 07:12 AM
 
Location: houston
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Well my mom to returned to college at the ripe old age of 60 to complete her business degree. So it aint ever too late. But in this economy I'd probably choose a technical/engineering degree. We're always in high demand.
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