While going through my divorce I am trying to get back into school once again. I had a situation with an online for-profit school back in 2010 that
really screwed up my ability to get an education. I am just now able to discuss it without completely breaking down and work towards my goal of
getting into school.
I'm applying at Embry Riddle aeronautical University with their online division. I will start with an AS in Aeronautics, then go for or a bachelors
in aeronautical technical management with a minor in engineering. The online campus is easier to get into it and is also a fraction of the cost of
campus tuition and Embry Riddle is a local college where I live. I have always wanted to go there but I could never afford the cost to attend as a
campus student and then I found out they had an online option. I'm working with admissions right now to get my paperwork and transcripts and
everything I need to apply and then once my divorce is final I can apply for grants and if need be loans which I would really like to stay away from.
My dream has always been to work in the space program and anyone who knows me on here knows how obsessed I am especially when it comes to Mars.
I'm 36 and I feel like I'm older than most of the guys and girls that will be in these classes but I also know that I have the willpower and
strength, drive and intelligence to get it accomplished. This is all I've ever wanted in life was to finally get a degree. I've gone to school
multiple times and due to finances or the fiasco that happened with my last school I could no longer attend and it has been the one thing in my life
that causes stress and make me regret a lot of things. I'm really hoping that I can get in. Is would be a great accomplishment for me not only being
able to have a college degree but being able to follow a dream that I've had since I was a child. My astronaut dreams are shot out of the water, I'm
a little too old for that but I can still help design crafts and objects that go into space or help people who will go on the Mars missions in the
So all I'm asking is send me all the positive vibes you can because this is the one thing I truly want right now.
So you're only 36? I've got you by 20 years... I always thought you were older than that. I guess it's the wisdom. I graduated from college at 48
years old, so my advice is don't give up. If you can do it without the loans go for it. I couldn't, at first I was getting by on the grant money,
but then my girlfriend, now my wife, gave me the ultimatum "marry me or I'm out" and I caved. From then on, her income was factored in and I still
have something like 45 grand left on my school loans after paying on them for 8 years! Well, at least I'm making bank now right?
I just wanted to add, take whatever you can online, I went to campus, but commuted there every day and that sucked. I lost a lot of study time in
that 2 hours a day commute.
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I really wish I could return to my education. The school I was at last is saying I didn't withdraw correctly when my mother was dying, and is trying
to come after me for a 1500.00 GRANT i was given, as if it were a loan. I never signed a loan contract, ever.
Of course, I'm poor, and staying alive comes first, I guess.
Go for it! I was 38 when I finished my degree. After some false starts, I felt doomed at a postal job when I wanted more. I remember reading an
Ann Landers column that changed my perspective. A gal wrote to her saying that she always wanted to go to college but four years was a long
time to take to finished a degree and she would be four years older.
Ann's short replay struck a nerve in me. She wrote: "So how old will you be in four years if you don't go to college?"
Good for you. I will happily wish you well and hope you achieve everything you want to. There is only one person who can help you and that is you.
Never think you are weaker or lesser than you are and know you have it in you to succeed. All the best.
Sometimes I think its best when people are a little older because they know their own minds better, especially when it comes to studying.
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