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  1. #1 Im a H.S. dropout in my 30's, is it too late to go to college and major in Geology? 
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    Here's my backround. I quit going to school at 15. I did complete my G.E.D. at 17, scored well enough to earn a scholarship. Majored in practical nursing at 19, however dropped out, due to financial reasons. I haven't been back to school since. I have been a wage slave in the health care industry for 14 yrs now. My concern, with no formal schooling and no work experience in earth sciences, what do I need to do to major in geology and even stand a chance in doing well. What courses do I need to take to prepare myself, is there internships I can look into or volunteer grunt work? Or am I too old or too uneducated. Honestly, I do not know where I need to start.


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    It's never too late. Look into community colleges if tuition costs are an issue. They often have transfer programs where you can take all the core classes at the community college saving the specialized courses for the university you would transfer to. There are also pell grants that you can get through financial aid as well as student loans that would more than cover the cost of community college for two years. At that point if your GPA is high you may get scholarships at the university level too. It is never too late to go back. I am 37 and finishing up an associates degree in IT at my community college. I am hoping to get an entry level job at a company that does tuition reimbursement to continue on to a bachelors degree.


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    Not at all. It's the system trying to scare people that if you fail high school, you will never amount to anything and basically your life is over. It is total bullcrap. It's never too late, and 30 is young. You could totally have a great education.

    I did a bachelor degree when younger, but decided to completely switch direction after that and am now completing an IT diploma at the age of 37.

    Sure, I will have to spend a year or two after this doing entry-level IT jobs, but it's all worth it in the end.

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    It's never too late to go to school!
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    I went to university and did a masters degree in my 30s without getting a first degree. I was able to use the fact I had practical work experience related to the subject, and I had to study a part time diploma at another college as a basic entry requirement first. Talk to the universities and colleges you are interested in. They are usually really keen to have variety in their intake, including mature students. They might even know of bursraies and grants that are available to help out financially (even if it is just the cost of books or something).

    The other thing to do is look at the increasing number of on-line courses offerred by various places. These could give you the confidence that you can handle the subject and prove to a "real" college that you can. And, like many employees, they probably think someone who has the initiative and drive to complete something in their own time is more valuable than someone who slept through a college course and then crammed to pass the exams!
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    I went to university and did a masters degree in my 30s without getting a first degree. I was able to use the fact I had practical work experience related to the subject, and I had to study a part time diploma at another college as a basic entry requirement first. Talk to the universities and colleges you are interested in. They are usually really keen to have variety in their intake, including mature students. They might even know of bursraies and grants that are available to help out financially (even if it is just the cost of books or something).

    The other thing to do is look at the increasing number of on-line courses offerred by various places. These could give you the confidence that you can handle the subject and prove to a "real" college that you can. And, like many employees, they probably think someone who has the initiative and drive to complete something in their own time is more valuable than someone who slept through a college course and then crammed to pass the exams!
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    Ya, they are right. And also check out; Open Culture
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