The Higher Education Megathread

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Outrunner » Tue Jan 15, 2019 9:35 pm

Mini E wrote:
Outrunner wrote:Having been out of education for almost 20 years, I'm looking at going to university and finally getting a degree. It's something that I've been mulling over for a few years now but since everything is about to go tits up at work now seems to be as good a time as any. Obviously there are financial considerations and I'm still figuring that out. My main concern is just the sheer amount of time I've been out of education. Has anybody here done a similar thing? How did you find it going back into education after a long period of time?


I don't have experience of this from my own education, Outrunner, but if you are a fairly switched on individual, you are going to be leaps and bounds ahead of your average student with less life experience. As a more extreme example, My Mother in her 60s has decided to go back and do a second Masters degree just for the fun of it and she's attaining extremely high grades without thinking her own work is particularly good purely because she is seeing it through an adult's pair of eyes.


Thanks! I decided to bite the bullet and go for it. I've spent the past few weeks putting my application together and got it completed today just in time for the deadline date! I'm just waiting to hear back now

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Green Gecko » Thu Jan 17, 2019 4:21 pm

There were a bunch of students in the 40s and later at my campus. They seemed to be generally good students, although occasionally they couldn't fathom some more controversial things i.e. weird art. They were 5 years part time so they could balance with life.

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Outrunner » Thu Jan 17, 2019 7:14 pm

If I get in I having to do a years Access to Higher Education before I can start the actual degree which is run through the Lifelong Learning Dept at the university. Hopefully there'll be a few folk close to my age and I won't feel like some Steve Buscemi meme :lol: On the open day I went to last year I had a good chat with current students so I'm not too worried about not fitting in. I'm a little nervous about getting back to education but I think once I've started I'll be fine

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Mini E » Mon Feb 04, 2019 7:32 pm

Reached absolute burnout 45 days before I'm supposed to submit my PhD. Working stupid hours just to keep head above water combining full time teaching (prep, teaching, marking) and PhD (barely getting done) and don't even like my work environment at the moment :dread: Feels like a bit of an impasse. If I was 12 months earlier in my doctorate I'd be dropping out. Not sure what to do here. It's literally made me such a miserable person compared to pre- PhD Mini E :lol: I'm happy on Friday nights and Saturdays until 6pm and just miserable as sin the rest of the time. My wife didn't sign up for this :dread: . Worked until 01:30 last night. Had a stroke patient this morning who didn't turn up (after I'd got to the lab at 07:00), scratched my way through the morning doing admin, taught 11:40 - 18:10 without a break, came home and now writing a book chapter plan for tomorrow morning's meeting. So another day of 0 words written of my PhD even though I've been working for 12 hours after 4 1/2 hours sleep and will continue to until whatever time tonight. Got home tonight and genuinely wanted to cry (unfortunately I'm apparently physiologically unable to).

Needed to voice that somewhere that won't launch some sort of intervention about my mental health :lol:

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Rightey » Mon Feb 04, 2019 7:56 pm

That sounds really shitty dude, is there a reason you need to finish in 45 days? Is it a funding thing? Couldn't you speak to your supervisor, or perhaps the department administrator to see if there's anything that can be done so you can get some kind of extension?

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Rightey » Fri Feb 08, 2019 5:17 pm

Mini E wrote:Hello


How are you doing buddy? I hope things have calmed down a bit for you.

In happier news I've figured out I may be able to get two specializations (Environment and Health and Enviro. Policy) along with my PhD based on some of the courses I've taken. :toot:

But I need to check as I did it in a way that I don't think they really intended it to be done. Basically both specializations have almost identical requirements, with the exception of the core course you need to take. So I took the core course for Enviro. Policy, and then as my elective for that specialization I took the core course for Enviro. Health. So technically I've satisfied the requirements for both, but officially I was only registered in Enviro. Policy. Wish me luck!

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Mini E » Sat Feb 09, 2019 12:38 pm

Rightey wrote:
Mini E wrote:Hello


How are you doing buddy? I hope things have calmed down a bit for you.

In happier news I've figured out I may be able to get two specializations (Environment and Health and Enviro. Policy) along with my PhD based on some of the courses I've taken. :toot:

But I need to check as I did it in a way that I don't think they really intended it to be done. Basically both specializations have almost identical requirements, with the exception of the core course you need to take. So I took the core course for Enviro. Policy, and then as my elective for that specialization I took the core course for Enviro. Health. So technically I've satisfied the requirements for both, but officially I was only registered in Enviro. Policy. Wish me luck!



Hello mate :) Thanks - got through the week. Had last night off to relax and powering through some stats today : :msgreen: :evil:

Good luck with the two specialisations... are you based in the UK?

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Rightey » Sat Feb 09, 2019 7:13 pm

Glad to hear things are a bit calmer now. Hopefully it doesn't get as bad as it was.

I'm based in Canada.

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Mini E » Sat Feb 09, 2019 7:17 pm

Then next 6 weeks will be the same level, to be honest. My final submission date is in concrete in the calendar and there just aren't enough hours in the day, to be honest.

Ah okay. I wondered from the specializations! We don't have that here in our PhD work.

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Corazon de Leon » Sat Feb 09, 2019 8:38 pm

It’s gonna be a strawberry floating horrible six weeks Mini E. No question about it. But the end is in sight now - six weeks is nothing in the scheme of things.

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Mini E » Sun Feb 10, 2019 2:50 am

Corazon de Leon wrote:It’s gonna be a strawberry floating horrible six weeks Mini E. No question about it. But the end is in sight now - six weeks is nothing in the scheme of things.


Thanks mate. Hoping to be done for today in 30 mins or so - standard 10:00-03:00 Saturday on data bits. Have to pop into the office at 09:00ish to get some paperwork I left there for tomorrow evening's session (taking a few hours off tomorrow afternoon with the wife's friends) then Monday will arrive.

I'm so incredibly whiny :lol: - I think this is the first time I've completely and utterly regretted doing this qualification :roll: Shall power through.

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PostRe: The Higher Education Megathread
by Errkal » Sun Feb 10, 2019 6:55 am

Start my degree through work in September.

Slightly annoyed I can't start right away as want to get got on with it but still, excited.

Going to have to us my work laptop for everything as I can't really afford to buy a new laptop or PC for it right now, but oh wells, at least work kit is good


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