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02ProstarSammyD
04-24-2013, 01:48 PM
So years ago I never finished school due to getting a decent job offer, 1st child, etc. Just got my cap/gown in the mail at age 30 with a double major and dual minors. Kind of a delayed win, but was 10x harder with 2 kids, a full time job, an ex wife, a new g/f, 2 dogs, and of course........a mastercraft.

Just thought I'd share and give some of those who didn't finish or never went to school a boost to get out there and kick some butt. Evidently a dog is never too old to learn new tricks.


And as always........Go pirates
http://www.beyondusports.com/wp-content/themes/linepress/timthumb.php?src=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.beyondusports.co m%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2012%2F03%2Fecu-pirates-helmet3.jpg&q=90&w=617&zc=1

LYNRDSKYNRD
04-24-2013, 02:02 PM
Congrats man and props to you for getting it done.

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EricB
04-24-2013, 02:27 PM
Congratulations on continuing to drive forward! You have sucessfully hurdled many obstacles that would of stopped lesser men.
From what you posted, looks like you have had plenty of "life experiences" for being as young as you are. Keep your eyes on where you are going, not where you've been...

McFire
04-24-2013, 02:33 PM
Congrats. Nice to see a good success story.

mikeg205
04-24-2013, 02:40 PM
Way to go... except for the pirates thing... lol.. congrats - yup hard work with family... started my MBA at 47 finished at 49.. no the drill well. Aces to you for starting and finishing with a family in tow... (pun intended - :D )

Hogwild
04-24-2013, 02:44 PM
Good job Dude. That takes a lot of guts and perseverance to get through all that!

tdelong
04-24-2013, 02:56 PM
Congratulations. And thanks for sharing. It gives the rest of us hope!

CC2MC
04-24-2013, 02:59 PM
Very nice! My wife is working on her Masters now and I have seen how much work it is for her as she has to wait for the kids to go down before any school work is started bc I am out of town most weeks and unable to help her. Just curious. What and why two majors and minors? Did you get so far into one and decide to change but finish out the other? That is how I ended up with a major and minor. Again, good job! That is worth bragging about.

nickespi
04-24-2013, 03:11 PM
Good, now that you're done with all that school BS, you can come and do my stereo for me and all the wiring for the additional battery.

Signed, Your boats twin(bigger) brother!

TN Barefooter
04-24-2013, 03:12 PM
Congratulations! I did the same when I went for my Master's. 1 wife, 2 daughters, 6 horses, 3 dogs, 3 cats, a 21 acre farm and of course a PS-190. Well into my 40's to boot, took a little longer than expected but I finished it off last Spring! You have acquired a great accomplishment.

aquaman
04-24-2013, 03:35 PM
Congratulations. :dance:

You can be sure you got more out of school than if you had finished when you were 22yrs. old.

Now that you have graduated, you can put the knowledge to good use.

What work do you plan to do ?

Covi
04-24-2013, 03:51 PM
Way to go bro! That's awesome as well as inspiring!


So years ago I never finished school due to getting a decent job offer, 1st child, etc. Just got my cap/gown in the mail at age 30 with a double major and dual minors. Kind of a delayed win, but was 10x harder with 2 kids, a full time job, an ex wife, a new g/f, 2 dogs, and of course........a mastercraft.

Just thought I'd share and give some of those who didn't finish or never went to school a boost to get out there and kick some butt. Evidently a dog is never too old to learn new tricks.


And as always........Go pirates
http://www.beyondusports.com/wp-content/themes/linepress/timthumb.php?src=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.beyondusports.co m%2Fwp-ucontent%2Fuploads%2F2012%2F03%2Fecu-pirates-helmet3.jpg&q=90&w=617&zc=1

02ProstarSammyD
04-24-2013, 03:52 PM
Very nice! My wife is working on her Masters now and I have seen how much work it is for her as she has to wait for the kids to go down before any school work is started bc I am out of town most weeks and unable to help her. Just curious. What and why two majors and minors? Did you get so far into one and decide to change but finish out the other? That is how I ended up with a major and minor. Again, good job! That is worth bragging about.

yea it pretty much sucked. I was a single dad for most of it while my ex was "getting her life together". Started back when my oldest was 4 and my youngest was 2 so it was def an experience. I started so long ago that I changed my major a few times. I was actually very close to graduating when I left school (very close) but couldn't complete it online so went to distance ed. Pursued another direction and after all the dust settled years later realized we could take this mass amount of hours and make alot of something out of it.

Good, now that you're done with all that school BS, you can come and do my stereo for me and all the wiring for the additional battery.

Signed, Your boats twin(bigger) brother!

Drag it to raleigh and I'll do it for beer. Your boat may be bigger but my stereo and battery banks are 3x the size and we all know its not the size of the boat......its the motion in the ocean.

Now that you have graduated, you can put the knowledge to good use.

What work do you plan to do ?

I actually have no intent to use any of it haha. I was working in construction to pay for school early on, got a decent job, and have been in lead roles for a few years. Work for one of the worlds largest specialty contractors now. Manufacturing systems and industrial technology supervision add a lil zing to the resume but really have just given me obscure knowledge outside of what I'm doing. I did it more for my kids than I did myself since no one in my direct family has ever gone the traditional 4 year college route. Figure I can teach them there's an easy and a hard way to do everything from experience.

mwg
04-24-2013, 04:12 PM
Congrats on a great accomplishment! Here's to non- traditional students:toast:

Did something similar.. I went to college after high school and was not focused at all (on school at least) so I joined the Army. After 7 years or so I got out and the best job I could find was a manager in a chicken processing plant working the night shift. This was the motivation I needed to go back to school. I was married with a 2 year old when I quit to go back to back.. majored in Business and later switched to Mechanical Engineering (with only 30 hours left from graduating, yeah I graduated with a whole bunch of hours). We had another daughter along the way. When I finished the wife went back to school and later on to go onto law school, which is something I wouldn't wish on anyone... and we preach to our kids about the "easy" way.. early on when Mom & Dad are paying

epnault
04-24-2013, 04:35 PM
Congrats!! I did grad school with a very demanding job with travel, wife and kids and it was a biatch!! It takes so much drive and dedication to bring it across the finish line and you should be so proud of this. Have drink now.

Be prepared for a nightmares every now and then about not studying for an exam or forgetting to hand in a report. Funny when you wake up.

aquaman
04-24-2013, 04:42 PM
quote: "I actually have no intent to use any of it haha. I was working in construction to pay for school early on, got a decent job, and have been in lead roles for a few years. Work for one of the worlds largest specialty contractors now. Manufacturing systems and industrial technology supervision add a lil zing to the resume but really have just given me obscure knowledge outside of what I'm doing. I did it more for my kids than I did myself since no one in my direct family has ever gone the traditional 4 year college route. Figure I can teach them there's an easy and a hard way to do everything from experience"



sorry, but whether you intend to or not, you will be using what you have learned everyday.

people like you eventually start their own business. it is who you are.

Good Luck!

SKIBUMM
04-24-2013, 05:43 PM
^2
You will use it everyday and your kids will use it their whole lives. Make sure they understand the priority. I understand that you have a good job today but unfortunatly in our times things happen. I have been layed off twice and can honestly say that every job that I would have considered required a college degree.

CantRepeat
04-24-2013, 06:00 PM
Congrats and hold your head up high!!! It's a major accomplishment in your life so take time to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Kick back, put your feet up, ease back and just enjoy it!

onejdgreen
04-24-2013, 07:19 PM
Congrats! That is a huge accomplishment that no one can ever take away from you!!!

psychobilly
04-24-2013, 08:12 PM
I got mine at 39! Lol

congrats!

scott023
04-25-2013, 11:03 AM
Congrats, a truly inspiring story. Thanks for sharing it.

Willski
04-25-2013, 11:20 AM
Good job. I've considered an MBA, but just haven't figured out when I would do it!

chriscraftmatt1976
04-25-2013, 11:34 AM
Congrats sir. It was rough for me as well, doing the same you did, but without the kids at least. It's rough to be the 30 year old man in a room full of 20 year old kids. If you ever get to michigan look me up and you get a drink and a pull in some calm water.

2RLAKE
04-25-2013, 01:05 PM
huge congrats ... i love inspiring stories ... that is what makes this country great ... the fact that we are a country of people who keep achieving

46Chief
04-25-2013, 03:16 PM
Very cool, got my bachelors degree 20yrs after I graduated HS, and 16 after I earned an associates. Now onto a masters degree...Gotta love the company education stipend.

Aric'sX15
04-25-2013, 03:20 PM
Im sitting in a college class right now.... Hopefully all this work pays off!!

02ProstarSammyD
04-25-2013, 03:42 PM
Congrats sir. It was rough for me as well, doing the same you did, but without the kids at least. It's rough to be the 30 year old man in a room full of 20 year old kids. If you ever get to michigan look me up and you get a drink and a pull in some calm water.
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Amen to that. Not to mention at this point I've just about lost it with some of the work ethic. Just completed our final "group" research paper last week which was 30 pages each. 1 kid turned in 3 pages and another we kicked out of the book. We had to cover the additional 57 pages between 2 of us. Still praying that goes through so all of this works out.

Pumped to see others doing the same. To be honest I screwed off in college and chased the almighty dollar. It was a blast to have pockets full of cash living in a college town but up until now its been a shameful subject. Makes me feel alot better.

Thanks for all the love

76S&S
04-25-2013, 04:04 PM
Congrats, I only had a job and wife as I finished up my last year of school.

Well, I had the job the whole time but the wife...............since we are still married, I'll say that she was a worthy distraction.

mwg
04-25-2013, 04:35 PM
This is kind of how it felt going back....:)