Johari M. Rashad, Ph.D. replied to the topic Why mature students pursuing degrees later in life in the forum Pursuing a Degree (Bachelors, Masters, PhD) 10 years, 2 months ago
I started working in the Federal Government right after I graduated from college. I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but I soon found work that i was interested in. I went to grad school (3 years after getting my B.A.) to get an M.A. based on my work at the time and my intrest. Three years after getting my M.A., I went back to school to start working on a doctorate. As an older student, I was more focused, more productive, and more realistic than some of my younger classmates. I had to juggle several priorities: family, work, travel for work, and school. I wasn’t going to school for degrees that would help me get a job later: I was doing it to make me better in the jobs I held at the time and to position myself for future opportunities beyond work. I’m grateful that my agencies paid for several of my classes because they were job-related. However, I would have still gone to school even if they hadn’t because utlimately, the learning was for ME, not a job.
Frankly, I found it easier to be an older student. I learned as much from the shared experiences of the other mature students in my class as I did from the often much young professor. We had real-world stories to share about the theories we were studying.
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