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    Well, since I started school, I have felt that my husband was a little jealous. I didn't bring it up and after the first week, I didn't notice it. But the last couple of weeks, he's moped around like the dog died. So I finally asked him what was wrong and he wants to go back to school. So he has been doing a bit of research and we think the VA will pay for him to finish his degree. He's a disabled vet, so he would also get a monthly allowance along with paid books and tuition.
    He switched from engineering to nursing back in the early 90's and then didn't finish as we were broke, had a kid, etc. So the school I attend has a lovely nursing program. He's going to go to the school next week and talk to them. They also have a VA specialist on campus, so he can talk to them about the VA stuff and maybe by fall, we'll both be going to school. We think we can swing it financially through the VA program and with student loans, if we're frugal and he would only have about 2 1/2 years to get his BS in nursing.

    The next step is to convince the soon to be 18 year old that the money tree is being heavily pruned. But she'll be out of cosmotology school in late may, can take the state boards in June and hopefully be working by July or August.

    If the VA loan we're trying to get to buy the house goes through, we'll be saving close to $400 a month with the house payment and the cars are both paid off, so I think we can live quite frugally for 2 years and both of us come out of it with the paper we need to get better paying jobs. Well in hubby's case, not better paying, but better on him phyisically. He can't keep working outside in winter, nor do the physically demanding work that he does. Nursing can be physically demanding, but not as much as construction has been. He's just spent a week on his hands and knees putting in solid wood flooring for a client.
    He's also had 3 different people work for him in the past month and all three, who were in "dire" need of a job, couldn't handle the work and quit. I should add that my husband is older than all 3 of them by a significant amount. It's work, it's hard work, but we pay well. So I have a few choice words for these guys as it's left my husband in the lurch and has put a lot of physical and mental stress on him. B ut that's a rant for another thread. I think it's great he wants to go back to school., I hope it works out so he can.
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    That's wonderful news, myrosiedog! I think it can be really fulfilling if you have the opportunity to go back. I know it has been for me. It sounds like your husband is in need of a change of career at this point in his life, as well. Just let 18-year-old know that she's been your focus for a long time and its time for you and your husband to focus on yourselves for a little while. Besides, you'll both probably be making better money in two years and she'll benefit from that as well. Good luck to you and your husband in getting it all to work.
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    Best of luck to Mr. Rosiedog in going back for his nursing degree! I'm not sure of all the ins and outs of the field, but several of my relatives are nurses, and with a BS, they were able also to go for RN -- which meant higher salary and less "grunt work" than the LPNs.
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    Re: Starting College or Going Back

    He definetly wants to be an RN.

    Thanks all, I hope it works out. I know he's wanted to change careers for a long time and he got within a year and a half of finishing his degree and then life intervened.
    He does have an AA degree, so until he talks to a counselor, we won't know how much more schooling he will need.

    Good news is that he has to take statistics, so maybe we can take it together.
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    Quote Originally Posted by myrosiedog;3374430;
    Good news is that he has to take statistics, so maybe we can take it together.
    Misery loves company!

    How exciting for you and mr mrd to be "non-traditional" students together. And nursing is a career that has opportunities almost everywhere. If you need to move for a job, mr mrd probably won't have trouble finding a new job.

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    Oh he loves math, I'm just hoping he can help me with the stupid calculator.

    Interesting coincidence. The same day he decided to go back to school for nursing, we saw an article about medical physicists. It requires a masters, but as he's just 3 semesters away from an engineering degree, he can get the BS in egineering and then enter the MS program. He has to go talk to the VA and a school counselor. If they require him to retake all that engineering math, then he's not going to do it as it will just drag out the whole thing. He can get in the nursing program with only having to take statistics and not all the calculous, etc.
    Medical physicists work with nuclear medicine and help cancer patients which is something he'd really like to do. He's going to get a masters at some point anyway as he wants to be a nurse anethicist (sp? gas passer. ) and not a floor nurse.


    I'm bummed as the school just completely cancelled about 4 classes I had hoped to take in history. The professor is taking early retirement and they aren't going to continue his classes. I enrolled in this school because of the variety of history classes and they are cutting them right and left. I hate budget cuts and I hate that the classes in the catalog that attracted me to this school are no longer being offered.
    I could transfer to the main campus, but it's a 3 hour round trip drive a day and besides, Columbia, SC is the screen door to hell. I hate that city. I may end up having to take a couple classes there anyway, but I don't want to have to take the bulk of them. So wonder how many of the independent study classes I can manage to take and do my own thing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by myrosiedog;3378405;


    I'm bummed as the school just completely cancelled about 4 classes I had hoped to take in history. The professor is taking early retirement and they aren't going to continue his classes. I enrolled in this school because of the variety of history classes and they are cutting them right and left. I hate budget cuts and I hate that the classes in the catalog that attracted me to this school are no longer being offered.
    I could transfer to the main campus, but it's a 3 hour round trip drive a day and besides, Columbia, SC is the screen door to hell. I hate that city. I may end up having to take a couple classes there anyway, but I don't want to have to take the bulk of them. So wonder how many of the independent study classes I can manage to take and do my own thing?
    This made me lol. I often use a similar expression for my least favorite stores. Like "That Wal-Mart is one of the Seven Portals to Hell".

    I'm sorry they cut the history classes, what a bummer.

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    Not only is Columbia a hellish city, it's also the hottest place I've ever been and I've been in the Egyptian desert, India in August and I grew up in Florida, not to mention one hellish trip to Washington D.C. in August where I actually thought I'd get heatstroke. And the location of the school is not great either. It's just behind the statehouse, so there is ZERO, ZIP, NADA parking and traffic is horrible.
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    Speaking of hell, I'm in the middle of a hell week right now. I have every professor cramming in a test and/or paper for this week before break. I had three papers that were due that I finally finished last night and I had four tests, one of which I finished this morning. My speech class test was pushed out to the Wednesday after Spring Break, thank god (my professor is pregnant and had to miss a class or two). That leaves two tests for tomorrow, neither of which I'm prepared for yet. I'll have to really study like mad tonight and tomorrow morning. My first test isnt until 11:30 and my second isn't until 2:30, so I'll have some time tomorrow. Still, I'm a little stressed right now.
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    Good luck with your studying and also with your tests Stargazer. I can only imagine your stress because I totally stressed out last week and I was only taking skills assessment tests!!
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