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Saturday, September 20th, 2008
12:51 am
Awkward Kings of Comedy Free Tapings!
 SPECIAL TAPING SHOWS! Take some time off classes to enjoy this awkward yet awesome night of comedy...for free!

Announcing live shows for the new documentary "The Awkward Kings of Comedy" on September 23rd. Two show times: 6:00pm and 8:30pm. All seats are FREE with reservation.

The Awkward Kings are four alternative African American comedians from a rarely explored category: the nerd. 
All together, Awkward comedy pros Victor Varnado (The Adventures of Pluto Nash, Late Night with Conan O'Brien), Hannibal Buress (The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson), Eric André (Comedy Central, HBO Comedy Festival) and Baron Vaughn (Live At Gotham, Cloverfield) will show the world doofy jokesters are to be laughed at on their own terms. Don't miss it!

MC'ed by Marina Franklin (Last Comic Standing, Chapelle's Show, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn).

Awkward Kings of Comedy Taping---Tuesday, September 23rd
6:00 & 8:30 PM Shows---Free with advance reservation
Email kings@supremerobot.com
**Specify what time, how many (limit 4) and provide your phone number**

Bleecker Street Theatre
45 Bleecker St. bet. Lafayette and Mott
6 to Bleecker, R/W to Prince, B/F/V/D to Broadway-Lafayette


Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008
3:00 pm
Getting it right this time
Hi! I'm so glad to see this community here.

I'm currently considering going to the UC Berkeley Extension for Interior Design, and I'm particularly interested in designing educational facilities, hospitals, and living/working places for people with special needs. Here's my story...

I went straight into college from high school, hated the school I picked (lots of parties and drunkenness even in the honors program, and no one actually caring about their work) and left after toughing it out for a year for my parents' sake. I went to the local public university after that, picked the wrong major because I was required to choose something by the end of that year (perhaps some 19 year olds know what they want to do in life, but not many that I've met), and moved out of my parents' place and upped my work hours to pay the rent in my Brooklyn apartment. This made it a lot harder to keep up with my schoolwork, and between this, my dissatisfaction with my major, and some crappy life events (deaths in the family, etc.), I dropped out mid-semester and took a promotion at my retail job. I was only two full time semesters away from finishing my degree, and after a year and a half in the "real world," I was scared enough to go back part time and finish it up over five semesters. I had essentially finished my major before I dropped out, including my final seminar, so I spent the remaining time filling in elective credits. I took a lot of hands-on arts classes and had a ton of fun, and kicked myself for not discovering my spatial abilities sooner!

Here I am, several years later, frustrated with my retail management jobs and wanting to start college all over again, this time with specific career goals and a bit more maturity! The problem is that a lot of public universities don't accept secondary BA students, and a lot of MA programs want a BA in at least a tangentially related field. I also don't have the required recommendations from former professors that most programs require - I found one willing to give me a good recommendation, but my former adviser seems to have retired and even if I can track him down, I have a feeling that his reaction would be, "where the heck did you go?"

Hence part of the attraction of the UC Berkeley program. You take a few intro classes and build up a portfolio, and then you apply to take the upper level courses based on that work. It's designed for people who have BAs in any field and want to switch gears. The only problem is that federal financial aid won't help cover the costs, so I'd have to scrape together the cash for each course.

Is anyone else here in a similar boat? I know several people who dropped out in the middle of their BA and returned to school years later to do something entirely different, but not people who went, "oops, let's do that again."
Saturday, June 21st, 2008
12:30 pm
Life Coaching

I am an experienced social worker & agency therapist who is known for her holistic approach to life.

I have experience as a Buddhist minister, with addiction, GLBTQ community, couples counseling/relationships, adolescents, young adults and adult populations. I have worked with many ethnicities as well. I am a seasoned musician and I live what I coach.

This is a non traditional opportunity because I do not counsel and charge high fees. I am a sliding scale coach and offer people a unique opportunity.

I am MSW and CASAC-T credentialed, I have a BA in Communication arts (I was over 24 when I got my BA).

If you are interested pls contact me for a consultation and or more information about how I guide people to a greater potential.


Current Mood: calm
Sunday, March 30th, 2008
12:48 am
Intro and question
Hello all,

New to the community and just thought I would introduce myself. I'm a 30 year old female and I'm thinking about returning to school, and I'm seriously considering a short-term information technology intensive in my current metro. However, this training center, Centriq Foss, does not qualify for Title IV funding. It's a good program, and yes I've checked it out, it's not one of those fly-by-night companies or anything. The problem is the only financial aid Centriq Foss themselves know of available for this program is either a private student loan through Sallie Mae (which I don't qualify for because of crappy credit; and I'm feeling out relatives for a cosigner but so far no go.) or the GI Bill (which I also don't qualify for, as I've never been in the military and have no intentions to). It's quite expensive, as much as 1 year's tuition at a private college ($17,995 - $23,995, depending upon the track chosen), plus living expenses during the program - because of its intensity they (and an acquaintance who went through the program herself years ago) do *not* recommend trying to work while you go through it.

SO my question to you all is, do you know of any alternative funding sources that would accept paying to this program, that I would qualify for? If it helps, my pertinent info: I'm caucasian, female, 30 years old, the first generation of my family to attend postsecondary schooling, and am of an earth-based religion.

Thanks in advance!

Friday, March 21st, 2008
4:44 pm
Helpful Resources for Students

I found this community since I've joined LiveJournal and i wanted to give you some helpful resources when you start your college journey



If youre currently a student, you can get accepted easily with a credit card :)

FINDcollegecards.com - credit cards for students

Make sure you get the textbook name or ISDN number before you go to class,its a lot cheaper onlin!

Monday, December 17th, 2007
5:43 pm
Another New Member
I'm so glad there is a community like this! I'm not the college student, my 44 year old husband is. He became a college freshman at the ripe old age of 42 and he is kicking butt!!

He went in wanting to get a doctorate in Pharmacy, and so far has something like a 3.95 GPA. He just submitted his Pharmacy school application and got granted an interview (they only pick 200 out of more than 2000 for interviews). WOOT!!

I love the stories he comes home with about his young classmates, and he is enjoying being older (and wiser) than many of his teachers. I look forward to reading your stories.
Monday, October 29th, 2007
4:59 pm
Hey, new here
Hey, I'm beanbclean and I'm about to turn 30. I am married with one child and doing upgrading for nursing. Is this comm still kicking? If so, I'm glad to be a part of it, looking to connect with other people in my boat. No, I don't care about what 18 year olds are doing this weekend, lol.
Friday, October 5th, 2007
5:10 pm
3 weeks till the Halloween Masquerade!

Click HERE for presale priced advance tix!

For more info, click the flyer below

x-posted like a fiend. please let me know if you'd prefer the images behind a cut! :-)

Current Mood: excited
Tuesday, June 19th, 2007
1:10 am
Financial aid/other money related info (US students)
I thought you all might be interested in the following links:

Private loans

Education One (offered through Teri)
Astrive (offered through Teri)
Sallie Mae (various loans, including private & Stafford, as well as loan consolidation)
Next Student loans (appear to be Teri loans, as well)
A list of alternative student loans through finaid.org

Student credit cards

Amazon.com Student Visa
Student credit cards (link through credit.com)

Also, here is a link to a USA Today story about private student loans and the risks you run by taking them.
Friday, October 6th, 2006
12:40 am
CLEP Exams
Has anyone here taken a CLEP before? If so, what can I realistically expect?

I had French in high school, and although I made it through 3 years, I'm a little rusty. (It's been about 10 years since my last French class.) My college has a foreign language requirement. Sooooo...I'm hoping I can study now and then during the semester, cram during winter break and test out of the minimum requirements for my major. My biggest concern is that it might be more stress than it's worth, but the thought of getting 8 credits for basically doing nothing is like the ol' carrot on a stick. (Our foreign languages are two regular lectures plus a lab/recitation period, hence the four credits instead of three.) I don't want to take the courses if I can avoid it because I'm afraid I'll get into them and everything will come rushing back to me. Hey, if I can pick French right back up, I'd rather have the extra room in my schedule, you know?

I purchased a few study guides a long while ago, but I honestly don't think we touched much of the information in them. I'm looking for a "real person's" perspective on the exams instead of just a ton of dry info.

In my situation, do you think they are worth the preparation involved?

If you have no idea what I'm talking about, here is some information on the CLEP examinations:

About the College Level Examination Program
CLEP Test Centers
CLEP Exam Study Guide
How to Prepare for the CLEP Exam
Wednesday, September 20th, 2006
9:46 am
New member
I'm a 32 year old woman who's hoping to go back to school next year. Can anyone point out good sources of info on financial aid?
Friday, September 15th, 2006
4:24 pm
Hi all! I'm in my late 20's and I'm applying to school again. I have one degree, but i decided that wasn't the path for me... now I'm going again! It's true that most online school things are devoted to the teens. Makes me feel old. :(

If you have any advice about school, I'd love to hear it!

Tuesday, April 25th, 2006
12:35 am
Just joined.
I have a very neglected LJ and of course I'm always looking for friends. I am one of the 40+ still trying to obtain my graduate degree. It's been a series of starts and stops to do health issues. I'm hoping to return in September and if life stays calm finish this time.
Friday, December 9th, 2005
6:00 pm
Hi All, I'm so glad I found this group! I was beginning to wonder if I was too old for LJ. I'm 30, married for 5 years, no kids but have a cat if that counts. I just started going back to school a couple of years ago. I went to an online school (part of a university in Idaho or Iowa, can't remember now) and received a certificate for crime scene investigation. I just finished my first semester towards my associates in chemistry. I want to get my assoc. in chemistry then a bachelors in chemistry/physics and keep going to get a PhD in both - more a personal goal than anything else. I want to work in forensic science and be a crime scene reconstructionist. However, my career is slow starting as I'm having a very hard time finding a job in a crime lab. Oh well, all things come in due time. In any case, it's great to meet you all!

Current Mood: nerdy
Tuesday, November 8th, 2005
11:59 am
hi all!
Wow, found this community, and boy did I need it! Is everybody that LJ's under 30???

A little about me, I'm 40, and in May I'll be graduating Chattanooga State Tech. Comm. College with an AS degree. Then I get to go someplace else and get a Bachelor's of Social Work. I'm not sure where I'm going next fall yet.

People tell me I'm a 20 year old trapped in a 40 year old's body, tho, so maybe I fit in with the college crowd?


Current Mood: blah
Tuesday, December 7th, 2004
11:26 am
I'm 20, but I never went to high school, so there was a 5 year period between eight grade and starting college this semester. I take my first math class in two months and I'm scared!

Anybody wanna reccomend good basic algebra/higher math books?
Monday, September 13th, 2004
11:02 pm
Hiya :)
Hello all!

I'm a 29 year old (almost) divorced mom of a sweetheart 11 year old boy. I've just started college and am majoring in culinary arts. When I transfer, I plan to minor in history. I was pretty excited to see this community and hope to get to know everyone here. :)

Thursday, September 2nd, 2004
11:12 am
Greetings everyone!

I'm Vicki, and I am one half of the dynamic collegeover24 management duo. I created this community because it seems as if 95% of the college related communities on LJ are geared towards 18/19 year olds that are straight outta high school or 19/20/21 year old transfers. Since I've been having the same issues finding a place for non-traditional college students, I thought that I couldn't be the only one. :)

My life storyCollapse )

That's me, in a nutshell. I hope that all of us can make this community pretty successful! :D
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