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Old 08-23-2012, 01:23 PM
 
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Hi,

I'm on the verge of graduation...but I would perhaps like to extend my stay and get another degree. I'm 22, I'd be done at 23 if I were to simply not do a double major, but I'd be 24 or 25 if I did. My problem is, is that too long to be in college?

I'd have a BA in Phil and a BS in Math.

And all the debt associated with that.

Eventually, I'd like to find a nice job, work off all the debt, and start on a Ph.D program...by the time I'm 30 is when I'd look into Ph.D programs. Mostly because I've always wanted a Ph.D....call it my hobby of choice.

Is 25 too late?
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Old 08-23-2012, 01:40 PM
 
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its not the age thats a problem, its whether it is worth the extra debt and 1-2 more years of little income. i think you should at least look into jobs and apply and see what you can do with what you have now/will have at graduation.

i am just about to turn 25 and there are still quite a few of my peers who are not out in the workforce yet for varying reasons. continued schooling is a big one. its not that weird.
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Old 08-23-2012, 01:40 PM
 
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Hi,

I'm on the verge of graduation...but I would perhaps like to extend my stay and get another degree. I'm 22, I'd be done at 23 if I were to simply not do a double major, but I'd be 24 or 25 if I did. My problem is, is that too long to be in college?

I'd have a BA in Phil and a BS in Math.

And all the debt associated with that.

Eventually, I'd like to find a nice job, work off all the debt, and start on a Ph.D program...by the time I'm 30 is when I'd look into Ph.D programs. Mostly because I've always wanted a Ph.D....call it my hobby of choice.

Is 25 too late?
It is not to late.
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Old 08-23-2012, 01:42 PM
 
Location: In the Pearl of the Purchase, Ky
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You read or hear on the news every so often about people in their 50s, 60s and older than that graduating. No such thing as too late
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Old 08-23-2012, 01:44 PM
 
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You read or hear on the news every so often about people in their 50s, 60s and older than that graduating. No such thing as too late
right, but most of those people (hopefully) got a late start. a bachelor's degree is not designed to be a 6-8 year venture.
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Old 08-23-2012, 01:46 PM
 
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right, but most of those people (hopefully) got a late start. a bachelor's degree is not designed to be a 6-8 year venture.
So what? Why does the OP have to do what everyone else does?
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Old 08-23-2012, 01:49 PM
 
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If you get a PhD and that is important to you, the rest will somehow 'work out'. Life isn't just about money or getting somewhere by a certain time. (But do try to avoid burying yourself in debt along the way...it does make it a bit more tolerable.)
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Old 08-23-2012, 01:50 PM
 
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So what? Why does the OP have to do what everyone else does?
the op can do what they want lol...i'm just explaining where his/her fears about being in school too long likely came from. you're talking about something totally different when you mention adults who go back to school at 50.
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Old 08-23-2012, 02:06 PM
 
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its not the age thats a problem, its whether it is worth the extra debt and 1-2 more years of little income. i think you should at least look into jobs and apply and see what you can do with what you have now/will have at graduation.

i am just about to turn 25 and there are still quite a few of my peers who are not out in the workforce yet for varying reasons. continued schooling is a big one. its not that weird.
Yeah, that.

I'm not too concerned really about the time...I mean, I'll be in and out of college for the next 15 years of my life regardless.

My problem is, is it too much to go on for another 1.5-2years of college, being dirt poor, scraping by, and also accumulating massive amounts of debt? Or is it better to just graduate, get a dead end job, work off my debt, then enroll in a Ph.D program?

It doesn't help that I genuinely like being in college and I'm absolutely dreading going to work instead...especially 'no work' work.

Split the diff I guess; full time job and part time college after I finish the first degree, meaning no more social life. Uggh..
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Old 08-23-2012, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Edmond, OK
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There are plenty of students that take 5 and 6 years to graduate. My son had several college friends that were still working on degrees after 5 years.
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