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Going Back to School

From Resolution to Reality: Go Back to College in 2015

Lori Eggleston | Posted 01.12.2015 | College
Lori Eggleston

It's no secret that adults who complete their degree have increased quality of life and put themselves in a better position to negotiate a raise or garner a promotion. But how do you keep that resolution alive? How do you make steady progress and stay on track?

Why Middle-Aged People Should Consider Going Back To School

John Tarnoff | Posted 12.02.2014 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

Everyone we know is going to give us advice and tell us what they think we should do, and what will be right for us. As tempting as it is to take the advice, it will likely completely screw us up. Dare to look the gift horses in the mouth: their well-intentioned sympathy may also mask their own fears that they are themselves only one step away from our scary situation.

Remembering My Childhood In Back-To-School Outfits

Lori Ferraro | Posted 11.02.2014 | Women
Lori Ferraro

The planning of the "first day" outfit was critical in a young girl's life; the night before these ensembles were painstakingly laid out in the shape of a dead body on my bedroom carpet, ready to jump into fashion action early the next morning.

One Step To Make Back-to-School Easier

Bernadette Noll | Posted 10.27.2014 | Parents
Bernadette Noll

I know we're only in week one of school, and I have been known to wane on resolutions in the past, but I think this one's a keeper.

Back To School: The 70s vs. Today

Victoria Fedden | Posted 10.26.2014 | Parents
Victoria Fedden

1. Take five deep breaths and say a positive affirmation. School begins in two weeks. It is the middle of July. Don't worry, you still have time to order BPA-free bento boxes and authentic Indian tiffins made with special stainless steel that did not involve any child-labor, sweat shops or animal cruelty.

Why One Woman Decided To Become A Doctor At Age 59

Posted 08.06.2014 | OWN

By Roxanna Font In 2000, Genevie Kocourek was shivering in a tent when she had an epiphany. Then an information technology director who led r...

LOOK: Single Mom Lays Down The Law With House Rules

Posted 09.06.2013 | Divorce

It's hard enough being a single parent, but try being one when you're juggling college coursework and all the demands at home. Now that's difficult. ...

The Balancing Act

Deann Ballard | Posted 10.19.2013 | Parents
Deann Ballard

I work full-time, run marathons, volunteer at my church and now have added earning my degree online to the mix. Might sound crazy, but the truth is, I refuse to make any more excuses for pursuing what I want in life, which is a happy family, a successful career and an education that I can be proud of.

When Does It Pay To Go Back to School In Midlife?

Posted 07.14.2013 | Fifty

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I Don't Want to Grow up

Kate Gale | Posted 06.25.2013 | College
Kate Gale

We Americans want everything: Empire without consequences. Food without fat. School without debt. Class without style. We need to wake up and think about consequences and grow a conscience, but in the meantime, I'm still working on my student loans.

An Unexpected Pregnancy Led To My Best Decision

Meg Buck | Posted 05.06.2013 | Women
Meg Buck

Sometimes, I look at my youngest son and thank him for joining us when he did. He was quite a surprise, and he altered the direction of our lives. I'll never stop being grateful to him for it.

Meeting the Money Challenges of Adult College Students

Mary Johnson | Posted 03.12.2013 | College
Mary Johnson

Are you a single parent, stay-at-home mom, or working adult who wants to return to school in hopes of securing a brighter financial future? The good news is that you're not alone.

Back In College, For A Day

Next Avenue | Posted 10.27.2012 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Richard Eisenberg The nation's most entertaining professors explain everything you need to know about their favori...

The Joy of Learning

Diana M. Raab | Posted 12.11.2012 | Fifty
Diana M. Raab

Most of us really do not change that much as we age, but our deeper interests might become even more apparent.

Expectations For the New School Year

Cory Zacker | Posted 11.06.2012 | Education
Cory Zacker

We all want our kids to grow both academically and emotionally as the year progresses, but there are almost always bumps along that road. How you will handle those bumps is something worth thinking about now.

How to Transition Kids to a Back to School Schedule

Women & Co | Posted 10.30.2012 | Parents
Women & Co

Here are four tips to help transition your kids to a back to school schedule.

She Went To Medical School To Cure Her Daughter And Wound Up Saving Her Mother's Life

Posted 10.09.2012 | MarloThomas

One of the reasons I started my website is that I wanted a place for women to come together and dream. We women need to know that we don't have to ha...

Anthonia Akitunde

Thinking About Going Back To School? Read This First | Anthonia Akitunde | Posted 08.17.2012 | Fifty

Geraldine Johnson, 64, is unemployed after paying $60,000 for a master's degree. She lives on $1,034 in Social Security and in December will begin paying $400 of that toward her student loans.

'Back-To-School' By The Numbers: Americans Spent $7.7 Billion Last August

Posted 08.15.2012 | Education

The return to school means, among other things, the return to math class and all the calculations, facts and figures that go with it. Perhaps in antic...

Natasha Burton

Teachers Tell All: 11 Things Parents Get REALLY Wrong | Natasha Burton | Posted 08.14.2012 | Divorce

Parents and their children may be the ones most directly affected by divorce. But there’s another group who end up with a front-row seat to the post...

Back-To-School Preparations for Students... and Families

Craig A. Mertler | Posted 10.03.2012 | College
Craig A. Mertler

As the dog days of August approach, we collectively begin to redirect our attention from family vacations and summer camps to a return to school, complete with school supplies and new clothes shopping.

College in My 40s: A Hard Road, But a Sweet Reward

Leandro Lampa | Posted 09.04.2012 | College
Leandro Lampa

Before I left I promised my mom I would earn my degree eventually so she could hang it on her wall at home. Twenty years later I had a wife, two kids, and a good job working as a plant operator. The last thing on my mind was sitting in a classroom.

Motivated By Tragedy, 52-Year-OId Dropout Graduates With Honors From UCLA

Huff/Post50 | Anthonia Akitunde | Posted 08.10.2012 | Fifty

Later when I brought up the school’s admission page, all I saw was “Congratulations.” I ran into the room I was about to teach in and I told my students ... tears started rolling down my face.

Black, Gay, HIV-Positive... And Now A College Graduate!

Aundaray Guess | Posted 07.25.2012 | Gay Voices
Aundaray Guess

My diploma symbolizes the fact that no matter what obstacles I may face, once I stop blocking my own success, I can do it. Despite the fact that I've been living with HIV for 25-plus years, I now have something I thought I'd never have: an unlimited world waiting for me.

For A Stroke Survivor, An Unexpected First Day Of School

Myra Demeter | Posted 06.30.2012 | Fifty
Myra Demeter

Before Dan's first day of school, we checked the bus schedule a million times. He chose his clothes the night before and prepared the items in his new messenger bag. As the bus pulled away, I got a reassuring smile from the bus driver. Was the twinge in my stomach so obvious?