snyder66 wrote:Just wondering if anyone here has gone back to school in your 40s or a similar age. If so, Was it difficult? Would you do it again? Was it worth the investment? Thanks
For an associate's? Bachelor's? Master's? JD? MD? Ph.D.? GED?
If it's a GED I say go for it immediately without hesitation.
If you're talking about college, what would you be trying to accomplish? Monetary return on investment? Increase in professional status? Personal satisfaction? Setting a good example for others? Frat parties?
I was never a 40-something university student myself but I knew and worked with people who were. The undergrads there for greater recognition reasons mostly washed out. The ones who were trying to set an example for their offspring shone. The others were mixed, but were not without their rock stars.
If it's grad school I'll say what I always say: never attend graduate school for any subject you aren't intensely interested
With respect to difficulty, my own experience was it's easier to be a grad student than an undergrad. The material is far more intellectually challenging
and far more is asked of one. On the other hand one focuses on one's intense interest (with maybe a few classes here or there which simply must be endured, like reading competence in a third language for Ph.D.s without strong linguistic interests).
Undergrads can complain and rebel. Grad students study at the pleasure of the senior faculty. They'll ask you to leave. If you don't, they'll tell the registrar not to let you back. They'll call the cops. The absence of ordinary, expected adult dignity drove away many of those I knew who didn't finish.
Every waking moment, and believe me plenty of dreaming ones, will be totally devoted to your area of study. But you won't have to deal with, for example, a biology distribution requirement which grosses you out in the dissection lab.
MDs excepted, of course.
I have not in all my years as a student, university staff member, and teacher seen a grad student without strong interest succeed. A few barely graduated, but in their cases I wouldn't call it success. All they'd done is condemned themselves to work for decades in fields they couldn't stand.