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Paducah, KY

#1 Jan 27, 2013
I am a 41 year old man. I did two semesters at Community College but I dropped out when I got a good job that paid well without it. Now I'm afrid my job may go away and I would like to be able to do something else. I heard about the B.I.S. degree at Murray State. I talked to them on the phone about it and they say it was made for people like me but of course they would say that.

Has anybody done it? If so what was it like? I mean, I think I'd feel completely out of place in a college classroom with a bunch of 19 year old kids.
jill

Murray, KY

#2 Jan 27, 2013
you would'
jsn

Murray, KY

#3 Jan 27, 2013
Not sure if wrote:
I am a 41 year old man. I did two semesters at Community College but I dropped out when I got a good job that paid well without it. Now I'm afrid my job may go away and I would like to be able to do something else. I heard about the B.I.S. degree at Murray State. I talked to them on the phone about it and they say it was made for people like me but of course they would say that.

Has anybody done it? If so what was it like? I mean, I think I'd feel completely out of place in a college classroom with a bunch of 19 year old kids.
My mom started at 44, and graduated at 49. You're not alone man. Also she talked about seeing students her age all the time at Murray state, some even older. You won't be judged.
Murray residence

Florence, KY

#4 Jan 27, 2013
Not sure if wrote:
I am a 41 year old man. I did two semesters at Community College but I dropped out when I got a good job that paid well without it. Now I'm afrid my job may go away and I would like to be able to do something else. I heard about the B.I.S. degree at Murray State. I talked to them on the phone about it and they say it was made for people like me but of course they would say that.

Has anybody done it? If so what was it like? I mean, I think I'd feel completely out of place in a college classroom with a bunch of 19 year old kids.
I would say go for it you are not old for college at all!! When I was about to graduate from my master program a professor at murray state who is in her late 50's was starting college again to get her masters and she is doing great as far as I know! A friend of mine is in her late 40's and she just started her bachelors at murray state too and he is doing great!! You will succeed if you like what you do enough!!!! Good luck!!
Been Done Quit

Eddyville, KY

#5 Jan 27, 2013
Not sure if wrote:
I am a 41 year old man. I did two semesters at Community College but I dropped out when I got a good job that paid well without it. Now I'm afrid my job may go away and I would like to be able to do something else. I heard about the B.I.S. degree at Murray State. I talked to them on the phone about it and they say it was made for people like me but of course they would say that.
Has anybody done it? If so what was it like? I mean, I think I'd feel completely out of place in a college classroom with a bunch of 19 year old kids.
I went to Murray after I got out of high school in 2000 and it didn't take me long to figure out that they weren't teaching anything that I wanted to learn. One semester was it for me. I can't imagine a man my age much less 41 wanting to go. Far as I'm concerned they could close the place down. Save the tax money.
Go for it

Nashville, TN

#6 Jan 27, 2013
That's what I say. When I was a freshman in the 70's had a man that retired from the military and he did well plus he was great in our speech class groups. Good luck!
NTSO

Providence, KY

#7 Jan 27, 2013
There is an organization at MSU called the Non-Traditional Students Organization.

You should get in contact with them.
Larry

Murray, KY

#8 Jan 27, 2013
I graduated from MSU back in 1995. I've been mopping floors there every since then to pay back my loans. I should retire on about 350 a month
it can be done

Murray, KY

#9 Jan 27, 2013
i am 41 and a part time student at MSU it can be done. it is not easy but hey that the way it goes
Glad I did

Paducah, KY

#10 Jan 28, 2013
Not sure if wrote:
I am a 41 year old man. I did two semesters at Community College but I dropped out when I got a good job that paid well without it. Now I'm afrid my job may go away and I would like to be able to do something else. I heard about the B.I.S. degree at Murray State. I talked to them on the phone about it and they say it was made for people like me but of course they would say that.
Has anybody done it? If so what was it like? I mean, I think I'd feel completely out of place in a college classroom with a bunch of 19 year old kids.
I started at your age in 2000 when there were not nearly as many non-trads as there are now. I was a dislocated worker after a factory closing. I felt out of place, like I didn't belong there at first, but the feeling passed quickly.

My advice: Do it, even if it is only part time, one class a semester.
Do you wanna PARTY

Dallas, TX

#11 Jan 28, 2013
Not sure if wrote:
I am a 41 year old man. I did two semesters at Community College but I dropped out when I got a good job that paid well without it. Now I'm afrid my job may go away and I would like to be able to do something else. I heard about the B.I.S. degree at Murray State. I talked to them on the phone about it and they say it was made for people like me but of course they would say that.
Has anybody done it? If so what was it like? I mean, I think I'd feel completely out of place in a college classroom with a bunch of 19 year old kids.
Dude, there will be lots of hot 19 year old chicks. It will be like heaven. I think I will go too, I'm 43.
Where do I sign up?
NonTradGrad

Paducah, KY

#12 Jan 29, 2013
Do you wanna PARTY wrote:
<quoted text>Dude, there will be lots of hot 19 year old chicks. It will be like heaven. I think I will go too, I'm 43.
Where do I sign up?
I heard a lot of comments like this one from guys that don't have what it takes to better themselves. I never heard of what this guy is implying really happening. Closest to it was two non-trads got married. Both were in their 40s.
Mike

Benton, KY

#13 Jan 29, 2013
If you need some motivation visit this gentlemanís website http://www.pantherplacements.com/index.php and read his story on http://www.kyproud.com/veterans/ . He is a Murray resident and completed his masters at 49 and hasnít slowed down for a second.
oopsie

Greenville, KY

#14 Jan 29, 2013
I graduated with a BIS. It's a great program & full of non-traditional students. The 19 yr olds are the ones who feel out of place in that degree.
2005 Grad

Hopkinsville, KY

#15 Jan 29, 2013
Go for it. Don't wait until you're sitting in a nursing home looking back on your life and have to say, "I could have, I should have, I wish I had."
2005 Grad

Hopkinsville, KY

#16 Jan 29, 2013
oopsie wrote:
I graduated with a BIS. It's a great program & full of non-traditional students. The 19 yr olds are the ones who feel out of place in that degree.
BIS students are all non-trads. They don't let kids straight out of high school in it.
oopsie

Greenville, KY

#17 Jan 30, 2013
2005 Grad wrote:
<quoted text>BIS students are all non-trads. They don't let kids straight out of high school in it.
I was specifically referring to the 19 yr old comment (I graduated from hs at 17, so 19 would have been waiting 2 years for me). In my experience, most people were older than my 29.
Almost Dropped Out

Kuttawa, KY

#18 Jan 30, 2013
NonTradGrad wrote:
<quoted text>
I heard a lot of comments like this one from guys that don't have what it takes to better themselves. I never heard of what this guy is implying really happening. Closest to it was two non-trads got married. Both were in their 40s.
I was not a non-traditional student, but if it had not been for one I would not be a college graduate either. I got really discouraged my first semester but there was a man there, a non-trad, that convinced me to keep at it.
CLEP

Kuttawa, KY

#19 Jan 30, 2013
If you are thinking about enrolling call and ask them about something called the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). It is tests like high school achievement tests that you can take to get college credit. The have a lot of different subjects to choose from and the BIS accepts 40 or so hours from them. But you have to take the tests and get the CLEP credit before you enroll. They can save you a lot of money. Plus they get you out of some of the general education stuff that so many people don't like. You can move on to the classes for your major sooner.

Anybody that got A and B in high school can pass them no trouble if they brush up on the subject. Taking and passing the CLEP tests is a great confidence builder too. She hasn't enrolled yet but my mom has taken enough of them that she has 36 hours of college credit. That is three semesters worth out of the way and she hasn't even set foot on the campus yet.
ALUM

Trenton, TN

#20 Jan 30, 2013
Do it - I did and there is a place on campus for the non-trads. Sure you feel a little out of place the first few weeks - it is all new and different - but guess what - those 18 year olds feel weird at first also. You may not be able to go full time- so what - take a couple of classes to get adjusted. For the most part the young students enjoy the older students - all the serious students are in the same boat - they are their to learn. I became really good friends with students that were young enough to my children. In the classroom all students are equal - it does not matter if they are 18 or 70 (and yes there are 70 year olds in some classes). You CAN DO IT.

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