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Old 09-04-2017, 06:33 PM
 
Location: Straddling two worlds
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The other is that I feel guilty that I might be taking the place of a younger person who really needs the education.
Not sure I understand why you think you would be denying a younger person their education. I want to go back for me. I love the ritual of getting supplies, books and the challenge of completing assignments and doing well, not to mention just learning new stuff . Plus it's a good way to meet people, which I will want to do since I'll be retiring to a totally new area/city (Philadelphia). Most of the people I work with now are at least 15 years younger, so I'm not too worried about the age difference.
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Old 09-04-2017, 08:38 PM
 
Location: Middle of the ocean
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I wanted to take courses at our Community College which is close by. Mainly hobby type stuff, or things a I find interesting.

It was $125 a credit, and the photography course was 5 credits. Not paying it.
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Old 09-04-2017, 08:55 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I wanted to take courses at our Community College which is close by. Mainly hobby type stuff, or things a I find interesting.

It was $125 a credit, and the photography course was 5 credits. Not paying it.
Many things like that can be learned via Coursera, Udacity, Youtube, or simply playing with whatever it is in your own.

I like the discussion involved in a lot of social science classes. Those classes are largely where I refined my writing and critical thinking skills. With that said, paying potentially tens of thousands of dollars for what amount to intellectual weightlifting for me is a bad move.
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Old 09-04-2017, 08:59 PM
 
Location: Middle of the ocean
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Many things like that can be learned via Coursera, Udacity, Youtube, or simply playing with whatever it is in your own.

I like the discussion involved in a lot of social science classes. Those classes are largely where I refined my writing and critical thinking skills. With that said, paying potentially tens of thousands of dollars for what amount to intellectual weightlifting for me is a bad move.

I watch all kinds of youtube videos, do the Great Courses, etc. I just wanted something a little more structured. That ain't happening! /lol
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Old 09-04-2017, 09:15 PM
 
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In my case, pleasure. I started taking Osher classes this year. Some classes are taught by people who also take classes; some are regular courses offered by the various universities who sponsor Osher programs. This semester, I'm auditing a graduate School of Music class at Carnegie Mellon University in Mahler Symphonies, as well as classes in Italian and the Lyricists of the Great American Songbook. All stuff I love. No tests. No papers. No grades. Just learning and appreciating.

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One of the drawback of the OLLI program is that it is connected to the local university that sponsors it. I see some really top-rate programs in some communities. However, locally, there is not a wide variety of classes available and much of it ends up being political.
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Old 09-04-2017, 09:35 PM
 
Location: Straddling two worlds
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I wanted to take courses at our Community College which is close by. Mainly hobby type stuff, or things a I find interesting.

It was $125 a credit, and the photography course was 5 credits. Not paying it.
That sounds like a lot for a community college. Yikes.
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Old 09-04-2017, 09:37 PM
 
Location: Straddling two worlds
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I watch all kinds of youtube videos, do the Great Courses, etc. I just wanted something a little more structured. That ain't happening! /lol
Agree. I had a crush on my photography teacher when I took a course at a community college many moons ago. You can't get that online
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Old 09-04-2017, 09:47 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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I don't take credit courses but there are 'learning in retirement' classes that I enjoy. In some cases these are sponsored or supported by local universities.
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Old 09-04-2017, 09:51 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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Not sure I understand why you think you would be denying a younger person their education. I want to go back for me. I love the ritual of getting supplies, books and the challenge of completing assignments and doing well, not to mention just learning new stuff . Plus it's a good way to meet people, which I will want to do since I'll be retiring to a totally new area/city (Philadelphia). Most of the people I work with now are at least 15 years younger, so I'm not too worried about the age difference.
What I meant was that colleges have limited space. They can't accommodate everyone who applies. I wouldn't want to feel that a deserving young person had been turned away so I could go back to school when it would be only for my personal satisfaction and not because I need the degree to achieve a career goal.

That said, I am 1000% in favor of older people going back to school. It's a wonderful, mind-expanding experience, and as you so correctly point out, you also meet some interesting people.
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Old 09-04-2017, 10:56 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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So are folks paying full tuition? Student loans? How are you managing the cost? (Aside from GI bills and Golden parachutes )
I have the post 9/11 GI Bill, but I have no desire to go back to school. I have a Bachelor's degree and I'm retired. Getting a Master's would do nothing for me as far as employment is concerned.
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