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  •  That's just plain stupid. (0+ / 0-)

    My parents could not pay for college. I joined the Army at 17 so as to get GI Bill education benefits. There was this little thing going on at the time called the Vietnam War. You may have heard of it.

    When I left the Army, I took my first civilian job. It paid $4.50 per hour. By the time I paid my mortgage, utilities, and food, there was nothing left for college even with the GI Bill.

    Fortunately, when I was in my mid-20s, I was making just enough to enroll in community college. Over the next 8 years I was able to complete a bachelor's degree.

    Unfortunately, not a single company would hire a person in their 30s with a fresh bachelor's degree when they could hire a 22 year old entry-level college grad instead.

    So because my parents couldn't pay for college (did I mention I grew up in Charles Terrace Housing Projects on the east side of Detroit) and I had to work my way through college, I never achieved my full career goals and always lagged behind my fortunate friends whose parents did pay for college.

    But hey, I guess on the brightside, my parents didn't delay my transition to adulthood.

    A waist is a terrible thing to mind.

    by edg on Sat Jun 01, 2013 at 09:28:24 PM PDT

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    •  Thanks for calling me stupid (0+ / 0-)

      I joined the Army at 19 after being "under successful" at a junior college.  Took me 9 years to finish my undergrad.  I carried my 14 month old daughter across the stage with me to get my diploma.  I worked retail, phone center, delivered news papers and even as a day laborer to pay bills.

      In three years I will retire at the ripe age of 49 with a comfortable standard of living and medical for life.  Most of my high school peers who finished college long before me - paid for by their parents - have no retirement and are staring at a grim future of working well after they start collecting social security.

      Life is choices.  Life is opportunity.  Life is what you make of it.

      And please dont lecture me on the Vietnam War.  You came home which is more than my father did.

      It is well that war is so terrible -- lest we should grow too fond of it. Robert E. Lee

      by ksuwildkat on Sat Jun 01, 2013 at 11:38:13 PM PDT

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