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#4472629 - 05/01/19 10:54 PM Forty two years later...  
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I just passed my last final for my last class to finish my AA Degree! band

In 1977, I was a Buck Sergeant in the Third United States Armored Cavalry…
And I was good. I was good enough that I was exempted from extra duties and allowed to attend college classes in the evening. Well, life kinda got in the way…

I don’t have the certificate in my hands yet, and no I am NOT attending graduation, but I have completed the courses required, with a 3.1 GPA, to get my Associate of Arts Degree.

A few classes I HATED, and two professors (lower case on purpose) also. They teach you in Freshman Comp the P in professor MUST be capitalized. Show me one with a Purple Heart, Bronze Star and I’ll be a shift key cowboy.
I also had many more GREAT teachers who enjoyed students who asked questions and wanted to learn. I actually looked forward to preparing for and attending their classes.

Last class was Spanish II, online no less (babying my wheels). I only got a “C” last term with “in class” Spanish I, by the grace of my extremely attractive “Professora” I mean HOT! woot. For some reason I had my first perfect attendance record with her.

This time it was “do what you have to do to pass” online and I got a “B”…Go figure winkngrin

MY MBA sister asked last night if I now “hablo espanol”. (She lives in Texas and Hablos I guess). hahaha

I answered this AM and said,”NO!. But I know the important stuff. winkngrin

“Otra cerveza por favor chica bonita.”

“Aquí en América, hablamos Inglés.”

I knew both of those before I started college....

Persevere folks, persevere.



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#4472631 - 05/01/19 11:58 PM Re: Forty two years later... [Re: Nixer]  
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Well done sir !! smile


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#4472635 - 05/02/19 12:21 AM Re: Forty two years later... [Re: Nixer]  
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Not attending graduation? Don't feel like paying for that cap and gown ? What about the all those great speeches that you will miss ?

Just kidding. Congrats dude ! Nicely done.


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#4472636 - 05/02/19 12:48 AM Re: Forty two years later... [Re: Nixer]  
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Congratulations Nixer!!!! That's #%&*$# awesome!

Much respect for the work (and time) you had to put into that.
Hang that sheepskin proudly!

#4472637 - 05/02/19 01:04 AM Re: Forty two years later... [Re: Nixer]  
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Congratulations Nixer ! I remember when you were just getting started.


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#4472641 - 05/02/19 02:34 AM Re: Forty two years later... [Re: Nixer]  
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You're inspirational Nixer, congrats. cheers

I'm waiting my turn...
https://law.justia.com/codes/louisiana/2011/rs/title17/rs17-1807/

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2011 Louisiana Laws
Revised Statutes
TITLE 17 — Education
RS 17:1807 — Persons over fifty-five; exemption from tuition; fifty percent reduction in cost of textbooks
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The rusty wire that holds the cork that keeps the anger in
Gives way and suddenly it’s day again
The sun is in the east
Even though the day is done
Two suns in the sunset, hmph
Could be the human race is run
#4472650 - 05/02/19 03:49 AM Re: Forty two years later... [Re: Nixer]  
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Fifty percent off text books, huh. That will still cost you. LOL !. The college text book racket is still running strong. They must have a strong lobby group.


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#4472651 - 05/02/19 03:59 AM Re: Forty two years later... [Re: Nixer]  
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Congrats Nixer ! My dad served 27 yrs in the Army and when he turned 50 he went to college for the first time and in two years he earned an associate degree in technical drafting


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#4472653 - 05/02/19 04:41 AM Re: Forty two years later... [Re: LB4LB]  
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Originally Posted by LB4LB
Fifty percent off text books, huh. That will still cost you. LOL !. The college text book racket is still running strong. They must have a strong lobby group.

Bah. Reading tigerdroppings.com (LSU board), seems some students today buy as few text books as possible (I wonder how that works).

The real potential problem is:

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C. The tuition exemption and reduction in textbook costs provided in this Section shall be provided only if and to the extent that there are sufficient funds appropriated by the legislature to reimburse the public college or university granting them.
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People have asked on tigerdroppings how they might enroll under the age 55+ provision and not pay a cent or even attend any classes. They want to be a student just long enough to purchase LSU football tickets at student rates before getting booted out. biggrin



The rusty wire that holds the cork that keeps the anger in
Gives way and suddenly it’s day again
The sun is in the east
Even though the day is done
Two suns in the sunset, hmph
Could be the human race is run
#4472663 - 05/02/19 10:12 AM Re: Forty two years later... [Re: Nixer]  
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Congrats Nixer!


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#4472664 - 05/02/19 10:23 AM Re: Forty two years later... [Re: Nixer]  
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Congratulations Nixer and I can always teach you Spanish if you are interested!


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#4472665 - 05/02/19 10:27 AM Re: Forty two years later... [Re: MarkG]  
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Originally Posted by MarkG
[seems some students today buy as few text books as possible (I wonder how that works).




It depends a lot on what your major is. If your major is one of the social sciences/humanities like history, geography, English Literature, political science, etc. you can usually just get by with checking books out from a library or buying them from Amazon.

If you're a business major or science major the textbooks assigned are usually very specialized and you have to buy the assigned textbooks.


“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.”
#4472679 - 05/02/19 12:28 PM Re: Forty two years later... [Re: Nixer]  
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Thanks for all the kind words folks. yep

Text books are indeed a racket, unbelievable prices. Once in awhile you get lucky and get a class with a free online component, but not very often.

In a couple of weeks I start my first classes towards a BAS in Management and Organizational Leadership. It's good to exercise that little cluster of functional brain cells methinks. I'll be into my seventies when I finish...hopefully.

I will miss the "scenery" of a campus, as this is an online degree.



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#4472682 - 05/02/19 12:32 PM Re: Forty two years later... [Re: Nixer]  
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Free tuition for Nixer maybe


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#4472684 - 05/02/19 12:36 PM Re: Forty two years later... [Re: Nixer]  
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Originally Posted by Nixer

I will miss the "scenery" of a campus, .



Looking back at my own college experience, the whole "scenery campus" thing was overrated. I lived at home while I was in college so I might have felt differently had I actually lived on campus.


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#4472685 - 05/02/19 12:37 PM Re: Forty two years later... [Re: Nixer]  
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Not in Florida, at least not classes for credit.

Free for me though, Pell Grants.



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#4472689 - 05/02/19 12:56 PM Re: Forty two years later... [Re: Nixer]  
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Well done Nixer! I'd love to go back a few decades and revisit campus scenery..oh what different times it would be biggrin Have a good one mate and keep that brain rolling on!


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#4472693 - 05/02/19 01:19 PM Re: Forty two years later... [Re: Nixer]  
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#4472698 - 05/02/19 01:49 PM Re: Forty two years later... [Re: Nixer]  
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way to go Nixer


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#4472723 - 05/02/19 04:11 PM Re: Forty two years later... [Re: Nixer]  
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Congratulations, Nixer!

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