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Any mature students in college/uni. here?

Any mature students here? Anyone in College or University?
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Me.

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What's a maturity?

Hello, traveler.

This is an ancient account I have not used in a long time. My views have changed much in the intervening months and years.

Nonetheless, I refuse to clean it up. Pretending that I've held my current views since the beginning of time is what we in the industry call a lie. Asking people to do so contributes to moralistic self-loathing. "See, those people have nothing damning! I do! I'm truly vile!"

Because you can never be a good person with a single blemish on the moral record, I thought that simply entertaining some thoughts made me irredeemable. Though I don't care for his writing style, William Faulkner presents a good counterexample. He went from being a typical Southern racist to supporting the civil rights movement. These days we'd yell at him for that, probably.

People are allowed to change their views.

Nevertheless, this period of my life has informed some of how I am today. In good ways and bad ways. To purge it would be to do a disservice to history. Perhaps it will not make anyone sympathetic, but it may help someone understand.

If, after reading all this, you still decide to use the post above as evidence that I am evil today, ask yourself if you have never disagreed with the moral code you now follow. In all likelihood you did, at some point. If some questions are verboten, and the answer is "how dare you ask that," don't expect your ideological opponents to ever change their minds.
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Quote:The period of time for which a financial instrument remains outstanding. Maturity refers to a finite time period at the end of which the financial instrument will cease to exist and the principal is repaid with interest.

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(04-01-2015 01:50 AM)brainiac3397 Wrote:  Me.

Well, I would be a mature student if I enrolled, so it looks like we have some similarities.

Are your experiences positive so far? Do you see light at the end of the tunnel?
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I was forced to attend despite wanting a year off, I took a semester off and got a job as a manager, I changed my major after my second semester(where I dropped my science and math classes and got a C in one class), but things are normalizing.

I'm applying as a student board of trustee, might be starting a chapter of the roosevelt institution, hope to run for student government, learning to tango(real fun), and am currently a business owner.

Can't say college had anything to do with it IMHO. College was more like teaching me everything that was wrong, and what I could do that was actually right. The only light at the end of the tunnel is how illuminated you are as an individual, and nothing can directly teach you this(only present the outlines for you to deduce and apply to benefit yourself)

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I was immature when I was in college... do I count?

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(04-01-2015 08:01 AM)brainiac3397 Wrote:  I was forced to attend despite wanting a year off, I took a semester off and got a job as a manager, I changed my major after my second semester(where I dropped my science and math classes and got a C in one class), but things are normalizing.

I'm applying as a student board of trustee, might be starting a chapter of the roosevelt institution, hope to run for student government, learning to tango(real fun), and am currently a business owner.

Can't say college had anything to do with it IMHO. College was more like teaching me everything that was wrong, and what I could do that was actually right. The only light at the end of the tunnel is how illuminated you are as an individual, and nothing can directly teach you this(only present the outlines for you to deduce and apply to benefit yourself)

I agree with you, and we're both business owners.

I really don't want to go to college, but what choice is there?
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Im literally getting through college because of how well I did my job as manager, not because I feel like Im unprepared and need to learn. AFAIK Ive learned a lot of crap myself for free with ease vs what college has given me (tango class is probably the most beneficial class Ive taken)

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(04-02-2015 09:12 AM)Martins Wrote:  I really don't want to go to college, but what choice is there?

There are many other choices, depending on your goals in life.

I quit college several times, and I've found that learning and connecting are better done elsewhere. But the sensible path forward depends on who you are, your situation, and your goals.

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Btw its amazing how some things dont change. For one, college students are still at its simplest kids. A decent degree of informality dosed with a drop of immaturity and tempered by a modicum of independence.

Which does bother someone like me who prefers a serious approach to many things. One could say I grew up fast sometime between Middle school and high school.

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Immature college stud here. 20 but I still feel like a teenager with little direction in life. It seems like many of my classmates at my community college are in a similar boat, but with my particular major I know I'm making a big investment in my future. It isn't that I'm not passionate about what I'm studying, I just have no idea what I'm going to end up using it for because the possibilities are so vast. But at least I have plenty of time to explore the field and let my interests go where they may before I graduate. It's absolutely worth it, monetarily, if you're planning on getting in to a high-paying field. Fact of the matter is, there are unfortunately still a lot of barriers for people without a college degree. Just choose your college carefully, and at least be confident in what your major will be so you don't end up taking a bunch of extraneous classes.

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(04-01-2015 12:27 AM)Martins Wrote:  Any mature students here? Anyone in College or University?

Yes i am a student in a university
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Graduated from university, going back for grad school 'cause I'm all about that perpetual student life apparently.

I think college is worth it if you have more or less the temperament for it and assuming it's gonna be an alright decision financially (i.e., scholarships or generous parents).

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Yeah. I currently have American History as well as a PLC course for this semester. I had an class for optics and sensors, but I'm already finished with that over a month ago since it was only an 8-week course. I'm doing fine so far, just a little over a month now until finals.
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