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  •  hear hear!! (2+ / 0-)
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    kait, BCO gal
    lets encourage those who not stay on the usual paths, and travel the road less taken but stay true to the hearts.

    Well said, HD!

    I also have followed a winding path, but am closing in on completing my PhD in the next few months, at the age of 39!!

    A quick rundown of what it took to get here:

    1) 5 years of community college classes, while working at least one full time job, and usually a part time job too.

    2) 3 more years of undergrad at a great university (UC) to get my BS in genetics in 1999.

    3) Changed my mind on the verge of applying to Vet school, and decided to go to grad school instead.

    4) Worked 4 years to pay off the credit card debt I accumulated during undergrad (and to support my partner who was in grad school)

    5) Finally started grad school in 2003... got my MS in 2006, and will get my PhD in 2012 (both in ocean science).

    Through all of that I've had an amazing partner, who also managed to get his BS and PhD (chemistry) and who is now easily supporting us on a fat salary... thanks to that PhD of his.  

    Unfortunately neither of us had a dime of help from our parents. So even though we have tons of student loan debt (as in ... they total about 1/2 of what we owe on our mortgage, and we live in N. CA where mortgages are  not cheap!) It was COMPLETELY worth it.  

    There is no way we would be making this kind of money without our respective educations.  Plus, now we actually get to do amazing work every day.

    I would do it all over again in a heartbeat!!

    So, rexy... it will be a slog, and it will be a tough road... but it will be worth every single day of struggle.  I promise you!  Promise!!

    And if you need any advice about grad school or anything else education related... please kos-mail me!!  I'm happy to share my life experience and knowledge to make other people's paths easier than mine was.

    "The death penalty is never about the criminal. They've already done their worst. The question is always "will we join them"?" - jlynne

    by Hopeful Skeptic on Tue Jan 10, 2012 at 04:23:34 AM PST

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