unresolved anxiety caused me to drop out of university, back and forth over 10 years. dropped 10 grand in courses. and now am back in school at 31. I study extremely hard and the kids around me are quick while i constantly stand at an average. Is this worth pursuing?


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Lovely L.

Feb 20, 2018 at 7:03pm

YES!! KEEP GOING ! I’m rootin’ for you. Proud of you that you even went back. Best of luck!

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Feb 20, 2018 at 7:05pm

31? You're a kid!

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That's life

Feb 20, 2018 at 7:43pm

In general. I've always done average, but it's sometimes more about execution. That's where smart and average people start off. They do not necessarily execute either.

But just make sure you're studying something that gets you a job after. You won't have time for another degree.

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Feb 20, 2018 at 7:45pm

Don't quit. I did the same for a similar reason. Walking across that graduation stage (at 32) gave me such joy and it helped me believe in myself more. If you like the subject matter and if that degree will help you move forward, then please - persevere.

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You are awesome

Feb 20, 2018 at 8:02pm

It takes courage to return to university. Keep your eyes on the prize (graduation) and don't worry about how others are doing in comparison. You bring your own unique mix of skills and life experience, and I'm sure that the young folks are learning from you :)

All the very best.

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Feb 20, 2018 at 10:18pm

I went back at age 35 after being in/ out for a period of ten years. I got a degree and doubled my salary - totally worth it !

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Feb 21, 2018 at 9:55am

Nothing to do with age, or grades. But if you need to ask...

Why are you there? If it's to get a particular job, best be very very proactive about that now. If it's to actually learn a particular thing then learn it. Maybe that takes time struggling through as you catch up to what seems to be easy for others. But, what I can tell you from experience a lot of that easy is from working in groups and basically cheating. Focus on actually learning. In this way, it's not about the piece of paper, or the grades, but it IS about the value that allows you to provide to others. If it's only about you and some degree...wait till your retired and do it for free.

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Yeah, me too

Feb 21, 2018 at 10:44am

It took me around 10 years to finish my degree because 1. I'm scared to death of being in debt 2. Very few classes were offered at the crappy community college I went to 3. I wasn't confident in my abilities.
I graduated from SFU in 2013, but with a useless degree.
I've gotten nowhere since then. I'm back in another college now and I'm doing horribly. I've also lost money in failing/dropping courses. I just don't have the drive to be in a classroom anymore, but I'm unable to get any job offers with the education I have. Just please make sure you're not pursuing a useless degree.

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Feb 21, 2018 at 1:45pm

The degree is a degree.... doesn't matter what the GPA is. Definitely go back. The average ages of students today are early to mid 30s. You are still very young.

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I've said it before here...

Feb 23, 2018 at 6:53am

...we weren't all meant to learn in straight lines and then climb straight ladders.

That path is for many people, but not all people. Society and the media will tell you its the only worthwhile path.

I think some of the commenters here are right. Sit down and ask yourself why you are pursuing a degree, why really. When you have that honest answer for Yourself, you will more clearly see your next steps for your life. To pursue? To not? To switch to college? To trades? To craft beer making or artisanal bread?

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