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post #1 of 5 Old 12-11-2011, 10:01 PM Thread Starter
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Is this a dumb idea? College for an older person related

Background - I have a Bachelor's degree in something very practical which I use for my career. This is probably what I will do until I retire. I've been to law school but did not pursue the bar exam as law wasn't a good fit for me.

I am a military veteran and as such have the GI bill just wasting away in limbo somewhere. I have no spouse or kids to transfer this to.

I went to college just to get a career. I am good at what I do but I didn't love the education portion as frankly its a boring degree. I do love school and love to learn though.

So I've been thinking harder and harder lately about getting a degree in something I really enjoy. I don't want to change careers but I don't want to waste the GI bill either. I could go for an MBA and that'd be very practical with my degree blah blah but I wouldn't particularly enjoy it. So is it stupid to get a degree just for me, just for fun essentially when its no cost out of pocket to me? Or must I do the sensible grown up thing and get the MBA?
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post #2 of 5 Old 12-12-2011, 11:51 AM
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Of course it is not stupid. Being a person with a lifelong thirst for knowledge myself, I don't see what might be "stupid" about wanting to increase one's knowledge in a field in which they are interested.

My first degree was in my area of interest - Biology. My second undergraduate degree is in Geology and my Masters is in Physics - both of which were for career purposes as a Geophysicist. But my love is, and always will be, Biology, and I don't regret for a moment investing time and effort in that field, although I have never worked as a Biologist. The knowledge of anatomy and physiology, ecology, evolution, and other areas has helped provide a deeper understanding of my horses and animals in general, which are my passion.

There is no reason to limits one's education to their career field. All of us have interests outside our career, and the better educated we are the more we can pursue and enjoy those interests...
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post #3 of 5 Old 12-12-2011, 12:09 PM
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I got EMT certification this year just for me and for fun (6 months of very hard work on my side). My co-worker (who is about the retirement age) is getting his degree in Art (painting, sculpture, etc.). So personally I don't see anything wrong (much less stupid) with it (plus who knows, may be you'll use it too for work some day in future).

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post #4 of 5 Old 12-12-2011, 12:16 PM
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I think that is a great idea! It's very logical and many people do it. For instance myself, I completed schooling towards a job that is secure (I can find work wherever I go, or just start my own) and now I am going to pursue art. I know I am capable I just feel like art careers are risky business. I think this is a great idea and you should go for it!
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post #5 of 5 Old 12-12-2011, 12:43 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you all! I really appreciate the support. I've been getting some flak from folks in my life about how impractical it is to get a degree in something "useless". It helps to know others feel as I do, that no educational opportunity is pointless :)
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