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|Introduction: The Dropout Who Dropped Back In Again|
|1||Why College ... and Why Now?||3|
|2||If I Only Had a Brain: Overcoming the "Not College Material" Image||32|
|3||What's Scarier: Telling Your Boss, or Telling Your Family?||49|
|4||Choosing a College or University: Prestige Does Matter||68|
|5||Paying for It: The Simple Math of Financial Aid||87|
|6||The Inevitable Application Process||122|
|7||Balancing the Demands of Work, Family, and School||157|
|8||Where There's a Will, There's an "A"||192|
|9||Declaring a Major||220|
|10||Developing an Intellectual Identity (Without Becoming a Snob)||243|
|11||Campus Life: Why Fellow Students and Professors Are Vital to Your Academic Success||252|
|App. A||Some Recommended Campuses for Nontraditional Students||273|
|App. B||Books, Software, Websites, and Other Helpful Resources||287|
Posted April 16, 2010
Many of my friends had master's degrees, and I wanted one, too. But I felt at a disadvantage because my undergraduate record was a bit spotty. I came across Carole's book several years ago and found it both practical and inspiring. She reinforced my view that prestige matters, and that a pricey school is often cheaper in the long run because it offers more employment opportunities and financial aid. More important, she offers step-by-step instructions to get to that school from wherever you are now, and to succeed once you are there. I chose Stanford because I knew and admired several people who went there as undergrads or graduates; they seemed confident, well-adjusted and talented without being stuffy. I began taking continuing studies classes at night at Stanford, and shared my goals with professors who might help me. The classes cost the same or less than continuing education at state universities, and at my income level they were fully tax-deductible. After I had accumulated 30 units -- equivalent to two quarters' full-time study, and all of which I enjoyed thoroughly -- I applied and was accepted to Stanford's master of liberal arts program. My only regret is that I didn't do it sooner. Since Carole wrote this book the tax advantages to education have only increased. I hope she will put out a second edition to inspire a new generation of adult students.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 9, 2002
Ms. Sargent strikes the perfect tone in her book, warm and engaging while leaving no question in the reader's mind that she knows what she's talking about. This is not an easy accomplishment, and the author should be recognized for this fact alone. But in addition to being an ENJOYABLE read, 'Traditional Degrees for Nontraditional Students' is an immensely USEFUL book as well. Before reading this book, I had only the pestering regret of not having finished college. But I didn't know where to start. Now I do, and if all goes according to plan, I will be in my first semester of college in about three weeks. It was Ms. Sargent's book that inspired me to get off the couch and onto a campus. Buy it, you will be very glad you did.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 11, 2002
<P>At one time, I may have owned the largest collection of college bulletins in the world. In each of the past ten years since my high school graduation, the stack has grown higher and higher. Each contains a glimpse of a world I promised myself I would return to someday; each contains the promise of a brighter future. One day, I read Dr. Sargent's book <i>Traditional Degrees for Nontraditional Students</i>. Then I threw all of those bulletins out: I needed room on the shelf for my textbooks.</p> <P>With the sage guidance one would expect of a professor from a prestigious university, and with the empathetic advice one would count on from a friend who has 'been there' herself, Dr. Sargent completely addresses the challenges and rewards that await the adult college student. This book is a treasure for any adult who is considering going back to school.</P>Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 24, 2001
Just 3 weeks ago I had an epiphany and came to the conclusion that I want to go back to school and complete an undergraduate degree so that I may begin a lifetime of continuing education. I've been very timid about going back to school, hiding behind many excuses and thought I had finally put all those aside so I can really go for it. I began looking into programs of study, stopped in at the local bookstore to buy some guides to financial aide and writing the admissions essay, when I found this masterpiece on the shelf.<p> I bought it thinking that maybe it would have a handful of useful pointers but didn't realize that it would not just affirm that I wanted a degree, it also ignited a passion in me that I now realize I _need_ that degree to find happiness in life. The stories were touching, thought provoking and I easily found myself identifying with many of the people and their feelings. I'm no longer feeling timid about the admissions process, instead looking forward to it and the fears of rejection that reemerged just a couple weeks ago as I began to investigate returning to school now seem like a small obstacle compared to the learning process I will go through not just to get into school, but beyond admissions and into the academic programs I choose.<p> I can't overstate how thankful I am to Dr. Fungaroli Sargent for writing this book and sharing not just her story, but the stories of others that have found themselves outside staring in, wondering, and dreaming of a life that can be more fulfilling now that they've realized their appreciation for education. This book has been the best investment I've made all year and I look forward to returning to school full time so I can stop chasing my dreams and catch a real experience of a lifetime.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 25, 2000
Some of us couldn't afford to go or to finish college at the traditional age. Some of us just didn't want to be in college then. But what starts at some point as a wistful desire becomes a passion, and we find ourselves, whether 30 or 60, wanting to go back to school. We're beguiled by 'distance learning,' and other non-campus routes to some kind of degree. But we want more. We want good teachers, challenging courses, and fellow students to interact with. We want the real thing, and that's where Dr. Fungaroli's book comes in. It gives equal measures of hope and encouragement, plus no-nonsense practical advice on how and where to apply, dealing with costs, getting started in a good college or university, and staying the course. I'm now going back to finish college at 61. I'm betting almost everyone who dares to read this book will find their way back into the classroom and rejoice in having done it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.