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Old 04-20-2010, 03:23 PM   #1
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Post Starting back to school... well trying.

Ok, so I have been mulling it over for a while and have finally decided to go back to college. I graduated in 2006 with a BS major in biology and minor in chemistry. I finally found an online graduate school that offers a Masters in chemistry!! Yay! I have to take online because I work every day, all day.

Now the only thing is they require 2 sememsters of Calculus for me to be admitted. I only took honors precal when I was in school before because that is all that I had to have. So now I am having to go back to the local college I got my bachelors from and take the classes. All is well and good.. except.. in order to register for these classes I have to have an advisor's approval. Problem! I don't have an advisor. As the nice math office guy said "Problem is you don't belong to anyone now." I guess I just have to wait until tomorrow to call the graduate studies office and see if they can help me. I am sooo not paying graduate tuition for undergrad classes!! I know what I need to take and you will get my money, so someone just give me the damn approval so I can get in there!

Ok, I am sure no one really cares about any of that, but I needed to get it off my chest.
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Old 04-20-2010, 03:31 PM   #2
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I feel your pain...Im in my second semester adn officially a junior...but need to retake about half of my gen ed stuff. Its like highschool repeated. Math is definately not my strong suit either. Im in intro to algerbra and bombed a test today...might as well read arabic. Good luck!
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I lost my job at the end of last year. Heading back at 54! I'll be able to get a student discount at the movies.
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Isn't there a community/jr college where you can get the classes? They're usually cheaper.
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Old 04-20-2010, 05:14 PM   #6
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Yay for you! As a student my whole life so far...it's really all I know, and I'm sure there's a lot more to the "real world" ...but its going to be a few more years of school for me O_o

But good for you, I'm definitely rooting for you!!
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i feel yeh man. i only took a quarter (10 weeks) off and its been hell getting back in the swing of things. good luck!
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Old 04-20-2010, 07:29 PM   #8
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Thanks everyone!

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I feel your pain...Im in my second semester adn officially a junior...but need to retake about half of my gen ed stuff. Its like highschool repeated. Math is definately not my strong suit either. Im in intro to algerbra and bombed a test today...might as well read arabic. Good luck!
Ooo I LOVED Algebra!! Need a tutor?

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Isn't there a community/jr college where you can get the classes? They're usually cheaper.
There is a jr college, but none that offer Calculus I and II during late enough evening times. Work all day and can't miss work!
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Old 04-20-2010, 08:04 PM   #10
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Well you guys asked for it...



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Old 04-21-2010, 06:44 AM   #11
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Yay! I am officially registered for Calculus I starting in Aug.



Who would think I would be so happy about math..
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Yay! I am officially registered for Calculus I start in Aug.



Who would think I would be so happy about math..
congrats....
you're happy now, just wait until you open the book.....
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I'm getting ready to back to school too. I got my undergrad at JHU and I'm getting ready for law school. My first lsat prep class is actually in 7 minutes.

And I hate math so much. It's one of the reasons I chose not to do an MBA. I'm so done with pythagorean this and that, pi, log, blah blah blah. Considering I'm half asian you'd think I'd at least like math a little bit...

I am definately no part asian, but I actually like math. I loved Algebra so most people are saying I will probably like Calculus. Good luck with law school. You gunna become a dirty lawyer? hehe

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btw, good luck to the people going back to school. I'm still trying to mentally prep myself for what I like to call the 'fuck' moments. It's when I remember I have a test or paper due right when there is just enough time to do nothing about it. My only reaction and thought at those times is 'fuck'.
Luckily I am going for math now and then masters in chemistry. No papers for me thank you! I will still have to worry bout the tests though.
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lol, actually no. I don't have any intentions of practicing law in court. A lot of what I do focuses around federal regulations with gov't contracts. Having a law degree would make me a bigger asset to the company and fatten up my wallet a little

What are you looking to do with chemistry? I took an entry level chem class my first year of college and it kicked my ass relentlessly
Science is my ultimate passion! Bio and Chem..
My goal is to get a nice upper level career in a laboratory. Forensic lab being my top choice, but will settle for something else. I just need more hands on work! I just don't have good luck right now with those jobs with just a BS with a minor in chem and no experience outside of school. I wish that the degree would help me in the company I am with now (Lockheed Martin), but I doubt that will happen so I will probably go government.


Guess I would rather do something I love than stay in a dead-end job with a good company.
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I could probably get a job with the company in my field if I wanted to move to Maryland, but I do not. If I am moving anywhere it would be to CO and that would have to be a while (3+yrs) since I just bought a house. Then again, it will probably be close to 3 years before I am done with my masters. They actually had a scientist opening here at the army depot I work on, but I didn't qualify.
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Ok, so I have been mulling it over for a while and have finally decided to go back to college. I graduated in 2006 with a BS major in biology and minor in chemistry. I finally found an online graduate school that offers a Masters in chemistry!! Yay! I have to take online because I work every day, all day.

Now the only thing is they require 2 sememsters of Calculus for me to be admitted. I only took honors precal when I was in school before because that is all that I had to have. So now I am having to go back to the local college I got my bachelors from and take the classes. All is well and good.. except.. in order to register for these classes I have to have an advisor's approval. Problem! I don't have an advisor. As the nice math office guy said "Problem is you don't belong to anyone now." I guess I just have to wait until tomorrow to call the graduate studies office and see if they can help me. I am sooo not paying graduate tuition for undergrad classes!! I know what I need to take and you will get my money, so someone just give me the damn approval so I can get in there!

Ok, I am sure no one really cares about any of that, but I needed to get it off my chest.
i'm impressed with your drive. i fully intended to go to graduate school but after i got my BS and some real world experience in my major i decided i was done with school forever. to be honest i wouldn't mind going back but i dont have a clue what i want to do. what are you planning on doing with a chemistry degree?
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to the 54 year old going back to school!!! KUDOS!

to kitty. the same and good luck. cal I and II were my favorite classes. you taking the new version based on a graphing calculator?
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to the 54 year old going back to school!!! KUDOS!

to kitty. the same and good luck. cal I and II were my favorite classes. you taking the new version based on a graphing calculator?
I haven't the slightest to be honest. I am going to wait a little closer to the start date and then bug the crap out of my teacher about what all I need to have. If I do need one then I will probably need to buy a new one. My old one has probably had it (around 15 years old).
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