Am I a little old for grad school?

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19 Jan 2011, 5:36 pm

I missed the deadline (I didn't know you had to do it so far in advance!) so I'll be at least 30 by the time I begin working on my MA. I feel so behind.



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19 Jan 2011, 6:18 pm

I dont think age should be a huge factor in wanting to go to grad school. If you have the qualifications, the financial means, the time, etc to go then go. The only factor that age might play is the ability to do be putting yourself into a intensive, high pressure educational enviorenment. My mom says if you get too old, u might not be able to handle it like when you were young. Besides, I think that theres people who do, do grad school in their 30s, you probably wouldnt be the only 1. What field are u looking to go to grad school in?



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19 Jan 2011, 7:03 pm

Sociology. My gpa is 3.3 and they require a 3.5 so I might not be able to.



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19 Jan 2011, 7:38 pm

I think there may be ways of getting around that from what I hear. Many of our grad students were over thirty. Even some of our undergrads!



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19 Jan 2011, 9:05 pm

There are grad students in their 40s, 50s, and 60s!

What if you take some classes post-bac status and raise your GPA?



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20 Jan 2011, 9:54 am

AardvarkGoodSwimmer wrote:
There are grad students in their 40s, 50s, and 60s!



W O R D !


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20 Jan 2011, 1:30 pm

No. Im turning 30 soon and started grad school in 2009. I would guess that the average age of students here is late 20's. And some of my classmates are clearly in their 30's, 40's and up. There's also some retired professors who are getting Masters degrees.



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20 Jan 2011, 10:52 pm

I am 29 and just started grad school. School has taken me a long time because I couldn't pick a major :?



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23 Jan 2011, 11:26 am

No, age isn't an issue. One of my favorite teachers in college was a grad student in his 50s or something like that.



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23 Jan 2011, 2:24 pm

And one of our Grad students - took masters and PhD - was a grandmother when she started. Did well, very actve in student affairs. Just go for it.

Frankly, the older they are the less young punk attitude we have to scrape off them.



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31 Jan 2011, 11:04 pm

CaptainTrips222 wrote:
I missed the deadline (I didn't know you had to do it so far in advance!) so I'll be at least 30 by the time I begin working on my MA. I feel so behind.


Don't feel bad. I won't be finished all my training both in school(theoretical/hands-on) and work(practical), ie. starting my actual career, until I'm at least 32.


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04 Feb 2011, 2:41 am

CaptainTrips222 wrote:
Sociology. My gpa is 3.3 and they require a 3.5 so I might not be able to.


If a grad school says they "require" something they don't actually mean it. Mine "required" 3 academic references and I had zero so I gave them professional/personal references instead. I got in, so apparently they were cool with that.

And my grades didn't help matters, I had a 3.17 in undergrad.


Also, more importantly, I think you're at a great age to start grad school. It is sort of weird though, it's unreal to be tossed in with a bunch of 22 year old kids who have zero life experience outside of going to school. I guess it's rad that they will be making big money at age 25, but when it comes down to it they are woefully unprepared to contribute anything besides reciting or vaguely extrapolating what they crammed the night before class. In retrospect, I cannot emphasize enough how happy I am that I didn't go to grad school right out of college,


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06 Feb 2011, 4:39 am

I started grad school at 28 and got my Master's at 31. I don't think there is any such thing as "too old."


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06 Feb 2011, 4:10 pm

You're never too old to further your education.



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07 Feb 2011, 1:46 am

why would age be a factor? Most grad students are mid-late 20s right, you are only 30. I don't think anyone would notice or care quite frankly.



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09 Feb 2011, 12:53 am

Nope you are not too old, just right in my opinion. I am 21 but there are undergrads in my classes who are 40, 50, 60, and even in their 70s.