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Old 08-04-2012, 06:57 AM   #1
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Just read a thread that I found was closed so I thought I would start a new one on the subject of being aged and studying..or anything else for that matter! ..
I was out of work when I was in my 50's and was soo fedup with being asked what school qualifications I had and then explaining that they didn't do GCSEs or O Levels in my day (English schools types of exams) So I decided to do something about it and did my English and Maths GCSEs and a Bookkeeping and Accounts O Level exam. which helped me in getting another job at that time.
Now as a retired pensioner I am studying Law and hope to eventually get a degree. It's pretty hard going but then that's how these things are, is it not? ...
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Old 08-04-2012, 09:15 AM   #2
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Emaline - you are so right that it's never too late to improve ourselves! That's why we have an Age 50+ section here at 3FC. Good health, especially, is an important ingredient in the recipe for being the best we can be as we age. Good luck with your law degree.
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ust read a thread that I found was closed so I thought I would start a new one on the subject of being aged and studying..or anything else for that matter! ..
I was out of work when I was in my 50's and was soo fedup with being asked what school qualifications I had and then explaining that they didn't do GCSEs or O Levels in my day (English schools types of exams) So I decided to do something about it and did my English and Maths GCSEs and a Bookkeeping and Accounts O Level exam. which helped me in getting another job at that time.
Now as a retired pensioner I am studying Law and hope to eventually get a degree. It's pretty hard going but then that's how these things are, is it not? ...
Wow, that's fantastic! Now that's an inspiration to all of us trying to do ANYTHING! Good luck in your studies!!!
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Old 08-08-2012, 04:47 PM   #4
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That is great, Emaline! I am a huge believer in doing whatever the heck we want to do at whatever age. I was working full time as a newspaper editor and going to college full time when I got my bachelor's because the employer wanted me to have it per the terms I was hired for that job, even though I had experience.

Loved reading your post. I am at a crossroads in life at a time when more and more people in their older years are still active and working and, like you, taking their education to the next level. Kudos for you.
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I know that it's been a while since you put up this thread but I thought it was so wonderful. Many older people are taking courses, getting degrees, and even getting their driver's licenses when others think they should just retire and relax.

But you can only do so much of that, and it can get somewhat boring if you don't have like a zillion hobbies; plus, many seniors are having to work longer than they ever expected, esp in the US.

So Kudos to you for sure; I admire your tenacity and zest for life ...
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Way to go Emaline ~ that is awesome. I think that is what keeps people young and keeps them going. You go girl
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Yes, I posted before but wanted to reiterate that I hope you are still at it, Emaline!

I am not currently working but hope to be back in a job AT LEAST by next year lol.

Would love to go back and get a master's degree, too, but it isn't feasible at the moment.
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Just read a thread that I found was closed so I thought I would start a new one on the subject of being aged and studying..or anything else for that matter! ..

Now as a retired pensioner I am studying Law and hope to eventually get a degree. It's pretty hard going but then that's how these things are, is it not? ...
I am impressed, Emmaline! I think that's wonderful. You're never too old to learn. When I was in my 20's I was studying for a 2 YR accounting degree and I had to take Business Law. I was very interested in it and did well. Looking back, I think I would have been happy in the field of law, not necessarily a lawyer, but maybe a paralegal or something similar. It was very interesting. I never looked into it further.
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[quote=emaline29;4426925]Just read a thread that I found was closed so I thought I would start a new one on the subject of being aged and studying..or anything else for that matter! ..
I was out of work when I was in my 50's and was soo fedup with being asked what school qualifications I had and then explaining that they didn't do GCSEs or O Levels in my day (English schools types of exams) So I decided to do something about it and did my English and Maths GCSEs and a Bookkeeping and Accounts O Level exam. which helped me in getting another job at that time.
Now as a retired pensioner I am studying Law and hope to eventually get a degree. It's pretty hard going but then that's how these things are, is it not? ...
[/QUOTE I am thinking about going back to university myself to get my teaching qualifications, will let you knoiw how it goes!
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Just read a thread that I found was closed so I thought I would start a new one on the subject of being aged and studying..or anything else for that matter! ..
I was out of work when I was in my 50's and was soo fedup with being asked what school qualifications I had and then explaining that they didn't do GCSEs or O Levels in my day (English schools types of exams) So I decided to do something about it and did my English and Maths GCSEs and a Bookkeeping and Accounts O Level exam. which helped me in getting another job at that time.
Now as a retired pensioner I am studying Law and hope to eventually get a degree. It's pretty hard going but then that's how these things are, is it not? ...
Hi emaline,


I think it is great to have the energy and interest to try new things regardless of age.

Wishing you success in your exams!

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Emaline Glad to hear of your ambitions and wouldn't be surprised to find out later that you did it. Sure feels great to learn something new, to pass a new goal or achieve a special desire.

I'm 77 but am passionate gardener after too many years working a family business. I celebrate every day outside, every new growth or flower. Became a Master Gardener recently, but study now is to benefit the plants we grow or the insects that are helpful as 60% of insects are helpful.
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Thanks for all the posts and encouragement but unfortunately my back was troubling me greatly at the time and whilst I struggled through the first year I found it increasingly difficult not only to concentrate but also to be able to just sit and hold the books and write as my back pain increased so much. At the very last exam I had only to add to what I had already written in order to pass but it was all too much and I had to leave it very much to my regret!

I now have my back pain under control with various meds plus I know how to manage it better too and have been wondering whether to look into the possibility of taking up where I left off..if possible.. especially as I'm now almost 81.
This info has spurred me on to look further into it and I'm quite excited at the thought...
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