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hello!

after such a great intro by cfchica i *had* to make an intro post :)

i'm glad she had the idea for this community because, contrary to popular belief, the hardest part about being a nontraditional student is NOT parenthood. bleh.

i'm 31 and currently wrapping up my MS degree... i have to do my thesis but because of CFS/fibro and a new part-time job (after being lucky enough to only be going to school full time) i'm having a really hard time working on it. my degree is in technology studies and i want to teach science to non-scientists.

i started college as a nontraditional student, too. right before my 21st birthday i started tech school (NH Technical Institute, which i think is called something else now), originally as an x-ray tech major. i was also a CNA and an EMT and i found x-ray to be really boring compared to what i was currently doing for work. i ended up changing majors a couple times before settling on forensic science and chemistry (double major) at the university of new haven. i graduated in 2003.

i tried a phd program in chemistry in nebraska before realising it was a bad fit. i worked for big bad pharma for a couple years, and then worked with explosives (every chemist's dream!) before deciding i wanted my MS degree.

the hardest part of college to me is dealing with the spoiled rich kids... no offense to anyone who is lucky enough to be handed tuition, but i worked for every dime of my school expenses (and loans), and there just isn't shit out there for aid for someone who is non-traditional in college. every semester was a fight to the death for the aid to keep me in school. i'm a whiz with FAFSA and government loans, so if you ever need any help navigating the system, i'm happy to help out my fellow cf buddies.

i'm glad you're all here! welcome, and i look forward to future posts!

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br0ken_dolly
Jan. 20th, 2009 02:29 am (UTC)
on year, i made $3000. according to my school, i "made too much" to qualify for any need-based aid.

THREE THOUSAND DOLLARS. tuition was $23k. even if i saved every penny and didn't eat, i'd still need to pull $20k out of my ass.

ridiculous.
neverconcede
Jan. 20th, 2009 02:31 am (UTC)
wtf o.O

Then again, I'm thinking of undergrad. I've heard that when pursuing advanced studies its MUCH harder to find aid for damn near anyone.
br0ken_dolly
Jan. 20th, 2009 02:33 am (UTC)
as a master's student, it's awful. i'm taking out loans exclusively.

when i was a phd student, i got lots of aid in exchange for teaching. i almost went back into a phd program because in science you get more aid. i don't know what it's like in other fields tho.
neverconcede
Jan. 20th, 2009 02:42 am (UTC)
So theres hope at the end of the tunnel!

<--engineering student.
br0ken_dolly
Jan. 20th, 2009 02:45 am (UTC)
yes there is! hehe.

what flavor of engineering?
neverconcede
Jan. 20th, 2009 02:51 am (UTC)
Mechanical. Aero too if I transfer to a place that has it.
I'm currently looking for a new school.
br0ken_dolly
Jan. 20th, 2009 02:52 am (UTC)
very cool! good luck!
cfchica
Jan. 20th, 2009 02:57 am (UTC)
Engineering? Sweet! My bio dad was an aero engineer for Lockheed-Martin! He worked on the Sidewinder and all kinds of shit.

I, however, didn't inherit his math aptitude. I would have otherwise gone into either the hard sciences or engineering myself.
neverconcede
Jan. 20th, 2009 02:58 am (UTC)
I'm pretty sweet at math I just forget it at the speed of light. I swear I don't remember a single thing from Algebra. Its troublesome.
cfchica
Jan. 20th, 2009 03:21 am (UTC)
That's like me. I'm lucky if I can retain it long enough to barf it up on a test. Although some geometry formulas have burnt themselves into my brain..probably due to trauma! I hated geometry in high school and almost failed it. Algebra was much more to my liking. Just don't ask me to do any now, though..lol

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