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Trade schools? (Plus me venting)

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Trade schools? (Plus me venting)

I've been in community college since lex was a year old, majoring in psychology. My plan was to transfer in two to three years to a calstate and get my bachelors. Alexa is now six years old, and I’m still in community college. AAAAH!!! My grades have been good (well until recently), all except for math. There is ONE math course holding me back, which I keep having to drop because I know I’m failing, or I have failed. I’ve taken the course three times, which is the limit. So I’ve petitioned to take it again. It was approved the first time, but way after my registration date. So by the time I tried to add the course, the course was completely full at all times. So I took a full load of online classes that I didn’t even need. Because of my lack of motivation, I bombed them. So my gpa has lowered, and I know I need to re-do the classes, plus math. I realized online is not for me and I’d do much better actually attending class. But because of work, I can’t take a full load of classes when I actually have to attend them. This puts me at probably another full year stuck at that school. The thing is, I think I’m OVER school, which is so weird for me to say. I’m burnt out and I’m sick of being in that same school. I feel so frustrated and my anger and frustration is holding me back from enjoying the classes or doing well in them. (end vent! :tired:)

Have any of you gone to a trade school? Doing anything like that? I’m thinking about doing something like that, and going back to school later.

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I spent a long time at community college and then transfered to a "regular university. I totally get the "over" school thing. By the time I graduated I was sooooo over and I had a few bad semesters that f'd with my gpa- I suggest taking some time off. As far as trade school goes I've never done it but my useless degree has made me consider it (political science) - I suggest a stna course, at least in ohio its 2 weeks in a class and then a test and i think an investment under 500. If you like it some places will help with school for you to go RN. The jobs don't pay amazing but they do have a future in a growing industry and usually medical places have good healthcare options. Plus its a 24 hr industry so hours are prolly kinda flexible. My little sister is an STNA and she loves her patients and rarely has to change diapers and all the "gross" stuff because she works in an assisted living center.

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Also you might want to conider just switching schools and going to the university and taking the math there if its possible- or transfering now and taking the math over at the community college during the summer sometime by itself so you can focus more on it?

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My partner is in the trades. He goes to trade school once a week, and he works as an apprentice the other four days a week. He gets paid to go to school, which is kind of awesome. The only downside, though, is that the trades were particularly hurt hard by the recession, and there's really high unemployment right now.

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I can't say I understand the American education system so can't give you any advice there... but I have sympathy for feeling burnt out. I started uni when my first was 1, and she's now 5 and I have a whole 'nother year ahead of me... and then grad school... I am in an insane amount of debt and sometimes it's hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel and I get reallyreally discouraged and burnt out. But then it passes and I get back on my game.

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Sherylsue, the idea of entering the medical field is something i keep thinking about. I didn't even know what STNA was until you posted that and i did some research. Time off might be needed to look into everything and think about it all...Thanks everyone.

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No problem, I can get my sister to give you more info if you need. Just message me.

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I'm currently taking a pre-trades training course and will be going through a plumbing program in the fall. It's probably quite a bit different between Canada and the US, but here the good thing about being in a trade is that you either do a bit of schooling and then start earning decent money right away, going back to school for about 6 weeks a year for 4-5 years, or you can start a job without the schooling and just do the 6 week training every year for 4-5 years instead of being in school for a a year (or years) before working in the industry you want.

I wasn't sure I would be able to physically handle the work, but we've done some framing & drywall and sheet metal work and I didn't have any problems with it physically.

I don't know if they have anything like this in the US, but here in Canada there are a lot of programs designed to get women into trades. They pay for things like tuition, childcare and even your transportation costs during schooling. The one I'm going to right now even pays us an hourly wage to attend the training.

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Canadianmama that is soo cool!

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I'm in the same boat. My original plan was to be a nurse, but I didn't get in the program, so if I wait until Spring '12 I would be in school for another 2.5 years. That means like 6 years for a bachelor degree.:/ I changed my major and now I'll graduate next summer, but I have no idea what I can do with my new major (family studies). I really don't know what I'm going to do, but I have been thinking of either going to grad school or doing a trade school program, too.

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I know how it feels to be burnt out!! I just graduated with my undergrad in education... and I still have stuff to do before getting my actual certification... smart I know. I have jsut been stalling and avoiding it bc i was just so sick of school and teaching that I just ignored that I had more crap to pay for and another test to take and fignerprinting to send in. I could be promoted at work soon, but I have to have my certification in order to do so. Thus, I have started wroking on tying up loose ends.

I took a break this semester to breathe. However, I need to g oright to grad school this coming semester bc with teaching u only have 5 years to get a masters degree for your professional cert. I figured I would start on it now in case "life things (such as babies)" come up and slow down getting this degree. ugh I wish staying at home with your own kids paid more :-P

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Switch schools, woman! RCC is close to you!! I loved that school. Small campus and good teachers overall. It took me four damn times to pass that math class you're in. I'll work with you! Ps, medical assisting is easy and quick to get into at my CC and I think they offer it over where you're at too. And there's online certifications through my school and yours probably for all kinds of things if you're willing to pay up front and have the drive to build around that. There's wedding planning certs! hahaha, all of our wedding stalking can pay off. Seriously, change it up. Maybe you're bored of muddling through the psyche. What else makes your brain not numb with boredom?