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Is It Too Late To Go Back to School After Forty?

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JoJeffers (@just_j0) posted a tweet about how she was considering going back to school-- to law school-- a the age of 41.

She put the question of whether she should to Twitter. So far, over 13, 000 people have responded, almost all of them offering strong encouragement. It's inspiring.

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There was a lot of wise advice in the tweet thread.

I'll include some of them and summarize some.

A very common one was along the lines, that if you start now, you'll be 44 or 45 when you finish. And yes, that's true, but if you don't go back to school you'll still be 45 without the degree.

Many commented thatwhen you to back to school later in life you have more experience, wisdom, purpose and connections.

A good number of law professors pointed out that older students are usually the best students and add a lot of wisdom to the classes.

Many people gave examples of how they or people they knew started late in life, as late as late sixties, going back to school, getting degrees or advanced training, then becoming states attorneys, judges, artists, engineers.

This reminded me of one of my mentors, when I was in my graduate program in counseling psych. Herman Karlen got his high school GED at 55, went to college, then got his doctorate in psychology in his early sixties. I met him when he was 80 and still working as a therapist.

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I know a fellow who got a degree originally in the social sciences, and a decade or two later got one in architecture and then in his seventies in computer programming (I think I'm missing one other degree). He says that he "just likes to work". And another woman I met said that she had a job (I forget what) where she was making $50-60k per year and then she got her Masters, and found herself making $90k for the exact same job. She couldn't get over it...

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btw: Would the fact that God almighty has already taken a human birth (three, recently, to be exact) in order to save the world and bring about a Golden Age lasting 1000 years, qualify as "Positive News"?

Thanks.

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Please explain Al: Three people to save the world?

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Thanks for asking but this is a very, very involved subject which can only seem bizarre and absurd at first glance. But, since you ask I'll try and make it succinct.

In India, they believe that God Himself takes a human birth when mankind has degenerated to the point where not even a great saint or prophet can redeem it, "For the establishment of righteousness and destruction of evil, I incarnate from age to age." so says Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita. In the present age, things are much more complicated than in previous eras (and there are far more people) so this time He incarnated 3x, first as a Muslim/Hindu named Sai Baba of Shirdi 1838-1918. Towards the end of His life, He said He'd be reborn in 8 years, and in 1926 Sathya Sai Baba (the fellow whose photo I have as my member icon) was born, who was Black/Hindu. And now, the last of the Incarnations, Prema Sai Baba, who seems destined to bear a strong resemblance to Jesus, was born seven or eight years ago.

There are literally thousands of books on the subject (mostly by people such as myself recounting their quite unbelievable experiences with Sathya Sa Baba) if you're interested. And the official website (although Sathya was against it even existing) has (I am told) over 25 million pages of content, which could probably answer any further questions you might have. .sathyasai.org/

Namaste.

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OK, I'll check it out.

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My first school was The Lausanne Conservatory of music. When I found I couldn't support myself and 2 children as a single mother on what I could earn as a musician, I started as a freshman at the University of Maryland at age 36 and majored in counseling psychology. I did counseling for a few years 'til I was told I couldn't be promoted to a supervisory level without a graduate degree. So I took the GREs which revealed I was an "idiot savant," so they said. But after the first year, was offered a full scholarship through the PhD level with a living allowance. I finished the political science program at 56, taught at UMass Boston for eight years, served as associate dean 'til I retired. Throughout it all, I was battling major depression. My dissertation, a community study, was published as a book, and my follow-up study was published 16 years later as a second edition. I would encourage anyone who wants to enter grad school at any age to do it. You won't be sorry. It was the best thing I could possibly have done for myself and everything Rob says is true. You'll probably be the best student in your classes. Your professors will love your contributions, and you will have given yourself a self-actualizing future.

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Albert Schweitzer, at the age of 18, made a conscious decision to spend his youth pursuing his careers as performing organist, musicologist and philosopher, and devote the remainder of his life serving humanity. At age 35, he entered medical school and spent the rest of his life practicing medicine in Africa.

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A life well spent. He was one of my heros. Your comment prompts me to look for a good biography of him.

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