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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!



Jan. 20th, 2009 03:32 am (UTC)
I think that because I go to a community college, I don't deal with the "spoiled rich kids" on a daily basis, as much as I would at a university. I am so grateful for that! Most people have full-time jobs on the side to pay their own way and I love it! I'm just afraid of what I'll get when I transfer.
Jan. 20th, 2009 03:34 am (UTC)
i loved being at community college for that reason... everyone was there because they WANTED to be there, not because they were entitled to be there.

if i ever end up teaching at the college level, i want to be at community college.
Jan. 20th, 2009 10:09 pm (UTC)
teaching at the community college is awesome! Small classes, you get to know your students, NO research, high teaching load, but that is what I love doing, so that is not a disadvantage for me.

I just wish the general public didn't have the idea that is easy or for students that cannot handle college level work ...
Jan. 21st, 2009 04:16 am (UTC)
this sounds like exactly why i'd like to teach at a community college, too.

i also wish the general public didn't frown on community colleges.
Jan. 22nd, 2009 08:12 pm (UTC)
That's exactly what I want to do when I get done with all my schooling. I would love to teach at the CC level.

I also hate the perception of CC's as being "high school with ash trays". Far from it! My CC is tougher than hell.


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