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Back to college at age 71.

Discussion in 'TUG Lounge' started by Glynda, Sep 29, 2019.

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    Back in the late 1976-1982, I taught systems analysis at a county Community College in the evening. There was a Day class covering the same course work but my class attracted everyone.

    One "day" student told me, he figured the evening class would be easier; another said his father wanted to MEET me as he was "possessed" by my class; another adult had his 'term project' subject signing him contract the next day for a 5 figure computer package for his small business. And that contracting company offered my student a full time job.

    Attendence was near perfect each class and student particapation was high. I left because I went back to college for a graduate degree .... 100 miles away.

    And my youngest nephew is currrently attending his local community college driving my former "cash for clunkers" car (a Ford Focus).
     
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    I love it @Glynda . Retirement is on the horizon for us - we're not quite there but it's close enough that we are beginning to make decisions that will affect our lives going forward. We have decided to stay in our house for as long as possible (lol - just because we don't want to deal with moving) so we are doing as many projects as possible to reduce long term maintenance for us. That part as been relatively easy but thinking about what our lives will look like without the structure of work has been one of the more challenging things for me. As much as we love traveling, we feel like we probably don't want to spend more than 4 - 6 weeks a year away from home, so that leaves over 40 weeks to fill and I have been wondering what to do. You are an inspiration to me. I hadn't considered classes, but we live within 30 minutes of 4 universities and 4 community colleges, so I think that I will start looking in that direction.

    Good luck with the class. It sounds like you will do well!
     
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    Awesome! Very proud of you!
    Always time to learn something new in life!
    Enjoy!
     
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    yes, you are an inspiration
    I'll be looking at the senior tuition waiver program in Virginia
     
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    That is so awesome
     
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    It's just so fun to go to school. I love it. I have always told Rick that I would be a lifetime student, if it wasn't so expensive. How fun for you! Enjoy every minute!

    I am also learning Italian but only for a one-week trip to Italy followed by a Mediterranean cruise next April. I am working hard at it, but I would love to go to college to learn it better. I just don't have the time. Imagine that. I have no time to learn a language in school, but here I am, trying to learn it on my own. This could be a disaster. My daughter-in-law is also learning Italian. We will see who gets further. I would bet she will.
     
  8. Glynda

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    Sorry to start a thread and then not get back to it to respond for a week! Thank you! You go guy too! The getting out of the house and into the company of younger people is a great benefit! Thoroughly enjoying it though beginning to burn out on so many hours studying and the pain from writing so much with my arthritic fingers. I find that typing something doesn't stick in my mind like writing does.
     
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    Thanks and I think you're doing a great thing too! I wish we had more than just the one who at 18 is too busy for us.
     
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    Your involvement is great! I'm not sure how that program differs, but I have a friend who his involved with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Furman University in Greenville. It's great for her but offerings are similar to what we have here at our Senior Center. Not as structured or extensive as the college courses. I need that structure to really push myself to grasp the language.

    On another note, your posts often remind me that I need to check into Aiken as a potential move. :)
     
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    You go girl!!! Come sarai sempre!
     
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    It's never too late to learn! Use it or lose it. ;) I'm glad my post gave you some valuable information. The fees can vary from school to school. A great feature at CofC is that we are also offered free tutoring. So far I don't need one for on paper or in class participation but I know that my weakness is in hearing and responding to those speaking to me in Italian in various situations, so am going to take advantage of one starting this week to help me move from paper to on the spot, real life, conversation. I tend to panic when someone speaks to me in Italian, don't even hear what they've said in many cases, am frozen and unable to respond. Then I walk away and come up with a whole lot of ways I could have responded. :wall::wall:
     
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    The company that manages my CCRC here in Fort Worth, Pacific Retirement Services, is in the process of building a new CCRC on the campus of Arizona State University. If I were a few years younger (I'm 84), I would try to transfer there so I could attend classes...

    George
     
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    Ha, you brought back a memory. I took fencing in college and made a D--. I just couldn't bring myself to jab someone with the foil! But I made a 100 or all of the written tests and exams. My instructor certainly made her "point". :)

    I envy those of you who had successful involvement with exchange students! We never had one but wish we had. Might not be too late.
     
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    Thank you! And are right on both counts. I am going start working with a free tutor the college offers this week to begin "thinking on my feet" as that is my weakness. Italians speak so fast and run their words together. It takes practice listening and responding. I tend to panic and get a buzz in my head and I don't even hear them. It's getting better, in that I can listen to Italian in a movie or audio book and hear more but it's the spontaneous hearing and responding that I will need in Italy. That I have to work on.
     
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    I hope so. I have six 100% grades now. Mid-terms are next week. I do have to do two oral presentations where I won't know the actual topic and will only have five minutes to gather my thoughts. No notes of any kid allowed. Those could be my downfall.
     
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    Thanks! I'm glad I could provide that information for you. It's a really good option for seniors. A senior citizen who sat down by me in the hall as we waited for our different classes turned out to be a woman that was born and raised in my hometown too. And even lived on my street many years after I had left the area. She's almost ten years younger than me. She is taking two courses and plans to finish the degree that she's always regretted not finishing.
     
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    Talk about a small world!
     
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    :D Wish I had could have an immersion experience. For now, I'll take the class and hopefully get to Italy again someday!
     
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    Oh! You should start! You'd be surprised how much will come back to you. If you asked me a word in French (high school & college), I probably couldn't tell you. But often, when I'm trying to think of an Italian word, the French just pops into my head. Go figure.
     
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    That's great!
     
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    Thank you!
     
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    Thank you!
     
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    Thanks buddy! Looking forward to seeing both of you soon!
     
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    That's super!
     

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