When are you considered too old to go to University?Watch
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I started my undergrad aged 44, my Masters at 47 and my PhD at 49. I'm now 51 and being paid (occasionally...) for working in the field covered by my studies. It's completely different to my pre-uni 20+ year career.
So no, I wasn't studying just for the sake of it. I used it to change careers and in doing so, to vastly improve my life. I have zero interest in what may or may not be socially acceptable. As long as I'm not harming anyone else, what I do is nobody's business but my own. Which is why I'm off to see the Sleaford Mods next week (being supported by Steve Ignorant from Crass, who is - shock horror - even older than me!!)
Age is a matter of perspective. Once you hit 35 you'll realise it's not the end of the world and there are plenty of opportunities still open to you, if you go and get them.
I tend to find a lot of people can lead stagnant lives after a certain age (not everyone though) and it's nice reading from someone who has went into education at a later age.
Just proves you can follow/change your career later on in life!
I am 22-years-old but face the prospect of finally going to University when I am 24. This begs the question, when is it considered socially unacceptable for one to go to university, when you will likely be surrounded by young, enthusiastic 18/19 year olds?
In my opinion, I would say that 35 is the absolute cut off point for anyone wanting to study at university for the first time. I think after that, you are merely studying as something to do, more than anything.
What do you all think?
Most young people I have met are very unsure what they can do with their degree or simply choose a subject they liked in school. As we grow older our experiences shape us and interests that made you choose fine art in school may begin to waiver. You may even decide that you are more interested in something completely different to your degree but by then you are already in thousands of pounds debt.
In my opinion, I think that you are never too old or young for university. It is how you came to your decision in the first place and how well prepared for the future you are! I feel more sure about my studies now that I am 30 than if I had just chosen any subject when I was younger. I am more sure of myself too and have gained many years of relevant experience.There's no rush I think.
There's also those who will just go for the love of learning.
I'm in my 30s and just began a Master's via distance, which I know isn't the same as attending as an undergrad on campus, but it is never too late to learn. University and the new doors it opens in life aren't just for young people.
P.S. Danny stop smoking; it's really bad news
At that age, its a beyond stupid idea. Maybe they're not worried about the debt because of how unlikely it is that they will ever repay it at that age. Im still annoyed with universities. The ONLY reason you should ever go to one is if you desire a career that demands a degree(e.g.medicine, some engineering). The vast majority left over should never consider going if they are just wanting to go for the experience/making friends/independence. If you go for those poor reasons, you're probably a half minded twit who thought it didnt matter what they study because they're parents told them "Do whatever you want because youll become rich" which is a total lie. University is the biggest scam of the 21st Century with the amount of student debt held internationally(going into the trillions now) and the high unemployment rates.
So, ignore upper age limits, but do lower your expectations when you apply to avoid feeling dissapointed. Remember that age limits are for 'employees' only. Those who work for themselves / run their own companies do not have to put up with this BS.