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Megan DaGata

SQS, Materials Management, Fluor Corporation

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What would you go back to school to finish if you were going back?

I asked the question in the Debate section: Why is it all about the college degree?

I got a resounding - Because people think you can finish something before they hire you.

So now I wonder for the undegreed 20/30/40 somethings...What would you go back to school to finish if you were going back?

Knowing everything that our adult experiences have taught us, what would you complete a degree in? Where? What do you think it would change about your life?

Personally I would like to complete a communications degree at the University of Texas at Austin and get admitted to the LBJ School of Public Affairs. I don't think I would use the education to run for a public office or anything, but I would like to think I would be able to find more ways to positively impact the world. More eyes and ears perk up when you add letters behind your name.

Life experience has taught me why, but the degrees give me the education to say how.

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    Mar 6 2012: After a full career as a biologist, I retired and 3 years ago at age 69 decided to to back for graduate study. Not in science but in liberal arts, which I had partly neglected. It's been a blast, and I'll be getting my master's this year. There's something about the campus academic environment with fellowship of peers and professors that results in deeper study than can be accomplished alone, say through an internet course.

    And what you sometimes hear, about it being difficult for mature members of society to keep up at school, is hogwash. The greater understanding and experience of the older student is a great competitive advantage. In fact it's the younger students who are struggling to keep up.

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