Thera Hearne replied to the topic Why mature students pursuing degrees later in life in the forum Pursuing a Degree (Bachelors, Masters, PhD) 10 years, 10 months ago
During my high school years, I lacked confidence in myself, didn’t have a sense of what I wanted or what I could achieve. My grades were mediocre and at my school if you didn’t have a 3.5 or higher, no one encouraged you to go to college. Although, I found out later my 2.7 high school GPA would have gotten me into the State University I wound up graduating from many years later. I chose community college for a variety of reasons, mainly because I had no clue at that age. Went to work and dropped out of my JC for immature reasons wanting to make money to buy things and go out with friends, and some mature ones, helping out my single mother. After about 7 years of mind numbing clerical work, I decided I wanted to go back and earn some degrees so I could do some more challenging work. I started with a two-year degree, then a four-year degree. After receiving a succession of promotions and gaining experience and maturity, I chose to commit public service as a career, not just a job. Now at 37, I am in my first year of an MPA program. Sorry for the long post, but I wanted to provide a complete answer.
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