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I am going back to school in September to study computer programming. I studied psychology after high school but I totally messed up my last year based on some drug related problems. After I just took time off, getting myself together, just working in offices. Tried to get back to university (although i would go for a different program), but they didn't accept my petition so now at 28 (when the classes start I will be 29) I am going to college for a 4 semester program.<br><br>
I am not too upset about time waste because to be honest if I would have finished psychology, at this time I would be going back to school anyways because it is not the right field for me.<br><br>
But I am still nervous. I will write an English test in a few weeks so that they can place me in the right class and I am all nervous because I didn't write an essay since like 2005, lol. And I don't care much about punctuation when typing online<br><br>
Also my friend told me that kids these days all know programming since high school. So I am worried I am way under the beginner level that the class will be<br><br>
And of course I am scared of feeling like a dinosaur there since I am 10 years older than the rest, haha. I don't even feel like going to Orientation, although it would be a good thing to know about my program and campus<br><br>
So anyone here went back to school in an older age? Want to share some experiences and how it was?
 

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If you're going to a community college, a ton of the students there are older.
 

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It isn't a community college. I actually got into one of the best colleges in the city thanks to my high school grades. Here in Canada we have Universities and colleges and also community colleges. There are even bachelor degrees in it. but i stat with two years diploma and then thinking of going to school part time to get a bachelor while having a job<br><br>
but i hope a bit that there are many older students who change careers now
 

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First off, congrats on your decision to go back to school!<br><br>
I went back to school at age 26 (turned 27 partway through). Surprisingly, there weren't many people in the class that were younger than me. There were some girls who were a bit younger and acted rather immature, so I had trouble getting along with them. But overall I felt that I had an advantage over other people because I already knew how to juggle school with work and everything else. It also made me work harder and take things more seriously because for me it was my last shot at getting postsecondary education. Like you, I originally went to university for psychology. Afterwards, I decided it just wasn't for me.<br><br>
I think you will be okay, and there will likely be at least one other mature student in your classes. Even if you are behind other people in programming skills, you have what it takes to catch up. A good work ethic can get you really far!<br><br>
Overall, I was able to really appreciate my program and I was able to do it knowing that it was exactly what I wanted to do. It was only a 1 year program, so I think it was the type of program that attracts mature students or people looking to switch careers.<br><br>
I think it's a good idea for you to go to orientation. Maybe it'll help you to feel less nervous about starting class.
 

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It isn't a community college. I actually got into one of the best colleges in the city thanks to my high school grades. Here in Canada we have Universities and colleges and also community colleges. There are even bachelor degrees in it. but i stat with two years diploma and then thinking of going to school part time to get a bachelor while having a job<br><br>
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There certainly are in the US, Next year I have a TAship and a grad survey under my graduate degree, and many of the future undergrads are in their mid twenties to late thirties, I am not sure if jobs have been hit in Canada like they have in the States, but here many many many established people are going back to school.
 

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Also, most people don't really know what they want to do with their life *until* later anyway, so many people go back because of that too ^.^
 

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So anyone here went back to school in an older age?</div>
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I recently finished my first year at American University. I'm 32.
 

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I can relate, I'm in a somewhat similar situation. If I had gone to college after high school, I would have been wasting my time... and money. I barely made it through high school, and only bothered to do so because a diploma or GED was necessary to join the military lol. But I'm back in school now, and am vastly more disciplined than I used to be. I'll be 33 by the time I get a BA in English, after which I will be going to McGill University's Linguistics PHD program in Montreal.<br><br>
And then I will pursue my ultimate goal of learning languages until I learn them all or die, whichever comes first :p
 

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I did. But to a community college. There are many reasons and stories as to why one goes to school later in life. I actually think it can be better. A person is more focused.<br><br>
I hope all goes well.
 

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Congrats and good luck Ira!<br>
I went to school right after high school and the majority of my classes consisted of older students. I actually preferred the classes with them over the ones with the younger students. They were way more mature, attentive, and productive.
 

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Thanks you all for the replies. Maybe it won't be as bad, lol <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Definitely not! It's exciting, more than anything. Have you got your FAFSA done, and all that jazz, that is, if Canada has a FAFSA/Equivalent?
 

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We don't have that, and I don't qualify for some of our financial aids. but it's ok, i have some money saved and will borrow some from my parents so it should be alright <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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You look and act youthful, right? I wouldn't worry about it.<br><br>
I was going back to college when I was your age and even older and no one knew I wasn't thier age or a year or two older.<br><br>
I'm in college again now and am 20 years older than the freshmen! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:"> People still think I'm in my early 20's. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br>
Have a good time learning new things and making new friends!
 

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Congrats on going back to school! I wouldn't worry about the age difference, there are a lot of people that wait to go back to school.
 

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The good thing about programming is that if you get stuck on a problem, there is a very good chance the solution can be found with Google <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> And I'm not joking. Proper googling is an important skill.<br><br>
Also, if you're looking for a career in the programming field, you don't necessarily have to be super skilled in actual programming. Much of the work is related to data modelling, databases, designing nice user interfaces etc. A lot of your time will be spent cursing the computer while trying to answer the Ultimate Question in programming: Why the **** doesn't this **** work?!! Then after a while you discover that the "why" never really matters and instead attack the real question directly which is: How can I just make this **** work? Needless to say, an important character trait in a programmer is patience.<br><br>
Also, you might be able to use your psychology background to get into management, which has some sweet financial benefits. Of course 90% of the requirement for a management position is to look and act managerial. You have to be a good arguer, be good with big picture stuff, and have a likeable personality so you can easily communicate with important people in the organisation so you're knowledgeable about challenges that might be coming your way. But I digress! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Great, thanks for the info <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
and yeah I look young and act young. the one thing where i matured is that i know that if i have a test on monday i will not party all weekend long and then blow it, which is definitely a good thing, hehe
 

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Ira, I live in Montreal and have been to college a few times now. Every time I finish I go back again because I find that what I studied, while it was a great experience and interesting field, was not the path for me. At 22 they finally introduced me to the "22+ lounge", which I found was weird, but I guess it's there for much older students 40+? to have a place to be comfortable.<br><br>
Even now at 27, I'm going back again to study health sciences and I'm sure I'll feel like I fit in, just need to pluck my three grey hairs, LOL. You will notice that you have a sharper grasp on reality, though. No offense to late teens/young adults, but I found that after the veil of innocence and naivety is lifted as you get older you look at these really young people with mixed emotions. One emotion I had was sadness, because I knew that as they get older some dreams and ideals will be shattered with the realities of the world, and I also looked upon them with admiration, I have had the privilege of studying with some VERY bright minds.<br><br>
If I could share any negatives... don't let rich kids get to you? I work three part time jobs just to afford to live and go to school full time. I can tell you that it gets to me sometimes to see kids drive to class in fancy cars, full brand name clothes, iPads, and then skip class because daddy paid tuition and they don't give a ****.... but what are you gonna do, right?
 

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I will be going to TAFE which is like community college here in Australia. I want to get a diploma or 2 in Admin :)
 

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I went back to uni a few years ago to do my degree because i had a kid pretty young and my girlfriend did a runner on her parental responsibilities, so my education got put on hold while i raised my boy.<br><br>
two thirds of the class in most subjects i took were mature age students.<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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the one thing where i matured is that i know that if i have a test on monday i will not party all weekend long and then blow it, which is definitely a good thing, hehe</div>
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at my uni, the older students were the some of the biggest and hardest partiers. the difference was, they knew how to go hard and still get their assignments in on time.
 
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