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    I know we have a lot of newer people, and from time to time I'll notice another long-time member will pop back in. Who is still here from more than 2 years ago? If you've finished your degree, why do you stay?
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    I'm still here. My oldest daughter finished her degree two years ago and now my second daughter is working toward her degree. Since I have 5 more children and the youngest is only one and a half I will probably be here for the next 20 years!

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    Jennifer, I'm still here, albeit not as much as I used to be. I came here just to finish my AS degree and 2.5 years later I've done that, two bachelor's and I'm almost finished with my Master's so this board continues to be a source of help and support for me. My son is starting this journey and I feel I owe this community my support and I want to pay it forward.
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    I'm still here. Been here since 2007. I received so much help and advice here that I completed 3 degrees and now I'm working on my Graduate degrees. I'm still here just to help out and pay back what I have received whenever I can.
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    I am still here. It has been about 11 months now but it feels like 36
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    Quote Originally Posted by ryoder View Post
    I am still here. It has been about 11 months now but it feels like 36


    That's because you've compressed the work of 36+ months into a year!
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    Jennifer- I notice so many people here earn multiple degrees, more than any group I've ever encountered. Why do you think that is? Is it because they don't want to leave this site, so they just stay around and collect degrees?
    And...I think I can I think I can I think I can!!
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    I'm still here just after the two year mark and completing undergrad degrees to hopefully give back, if only a small amount, of the support that was given to me. Without the help of IC and knowledgeable forum members I would not have accomplished so much in so little time. I am the first non-traditional degree earner in my family (all of my siblings have undergrad/advanced degrees). I will have earned all four undergrad and my masters for less money than any of my siblings' undergrad degrees. Of course, I do not have the same brand name attached to my degrees.

    I try to lend TESC students insight through academic policy. And, try to steer fellow students safely and efficiently over the finish line; whether by supplying contacts, support or just a push in the right direction. I try to check in every day or so but will not be around as much soon because I will be tied up with business and grad studies! I feel this board is very helpful not only to those formally earning degrees, but also to those who are just serial learners and want to associate with those of like minds. I am definitely the latter and if I pick up multiple degrees along the way, so be it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by nflight View Post
    Jennifer- I notice so many people here earn multiple degrees, more than any group I've ever encountered. Why do you think that is? Is it because they don't want to leave this site, so they just stay around and collect degrees?
    Because when you have more than 120 credits, you don't want it to go to waste! I have about 225 undergrad credits, 187 are inside a degree. It KILLS ME, really it does, that I have unused credit. KILLS ME!. I have a theory (of course) though it probably doesn't apply to everyone, I think it applies to many. So, bear with me. I went to culinary school, and spent the past 25 (!) years of my life in the field. So, whipping together a dinner party at my house for 25 people is nothing. Literally. It's no more stress or time for me than cooking any regular dinner any day of the week. The only difference is that my house is cleaner. My non-chef friends ooohhhh and ahhhh even though I know the truth. ;P For some of my friends to take a turn would be nothing short of massive undertaking, so I continue to host.
    So, that being said, I think it's like that for degrees here. People here know things that look hard to an outsider. Testing out SOUNDS HARD. Earning a degree SOUNDS HARD. Many of us are 30-40-50 and have careers that we entered without degrees, but in some respect always wanted- but never did- and then our window seemed to close or jobs forced us to reconsider the options. Our board opens the window for people, and as a motivated adult (which we all clearly are) we have generally got the tenacity and resources to rack up credit like people eating M&Ms. Plus, it's kinda addictive.

    *note to self- reevaluate using my unused credits for 2012....arrrghhhhhhh!!!!!
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    I have to agree with what Jennifer said. I never needed a degree, although I was only 18 credits from finishing my nursing degree at EC when I found this board after losing my job for no degree. I had been familiar with EC and the non-traditional way getting a degree for many years. Gulp, I will admit this for the first time here...I actually paid my annual fee at EC to keep my nursing credits current for about 12 years, 10 of those without any progress towards my degree! I actually started when it was Regents. I get sick thinking of all that money wasted! But I never thought about any other method or degree other than nursing.

    The support and information I gathered off this board started me on my path and before I knew it I was being motivated well beyond my initial goal. I think all that wasted money was one reason I worked so hard to get 3 degrees out of EC while using some free program enrollment and discounted return student fees. I figure they owe me that much!!! I'm sure I bought a wing or something after all that time! I hope that in some small way I can motivate and inspire others or just help answer a question and make their life easier so no one makes the same mistakes I have made. Now I'm working hard to insure that no matter what changes happen down the road I won't find myself out of a job that I did very well and loved, just because I don't have the right degree. I have foolishly thought about a doctorate degree but after just struggling with a thesis paper I know I could never, ever do a dissertation so my degree journey will soon be ending, but I have enjoyed the process, most days! To those that have helped along this journey thank you from the bottom of my heart, for that that have yet to experience all that this board has to offer, you are in great hands!
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