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View Poll Results: Years It took to get my BA degree
4 years or less 26 24.07%
5 years 17 15.74%
6 years 17 15.74%
7 years 14 12.96%
8 years 10 9.26%
9 years 4 3.70%
10 - 14 years 10 9.26%
15 - 19 years 1 0.93%
20 - 29 years 5 4.63%
30 plus years 4 3.70%
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Old 09-16-04, 11:36 PM
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College: How many years from start to finish?

It took me 21 years to get my BA degree, from start to finish. How many years did it take you? This is to compliment the other poll on how many colleges it took to get a BA degree.

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Old 09-16-04, 11:38 PM
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Well, I haven't finished yet, but will be enrolling again so far it's taking me 11 years and counting! ACK
I have nothing else to say....
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Finishing my Honours this year, taken me 7 years. Well, 7 years of in-school, I took three years off in there (one and then two) when I realized I was wasting my money because I couldn't focus enough.

And I'm still untreated. Got diagnosed by a psychologist at the start of June this year, and don't have my first psychiatry appointment until October 21st. While it's free, because I'm Canadian, waiting 5 months knowing you have it but not being able to do a darned thing is really frustrating.
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Seven years here, too. I was only actually *in* school for 4, though. Same school, too.

Alex: I understand your frustration! I was agitated for the whole 3 weeks it took for me to get in to see my psychiatrist. If it had taken 5 months, I think I might have gone bonkers. :/ Hang in there.
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Eight years for me

This time started when I was seventeen and clueless about a lot more than just my undiagnosed (even unsuspected ADD).

After two leaves of absence and two transfers to different colleges (all within one major university) I got my batchelor's degree after a total of eight years had passed.

Thanks for the poll....this gives additional perspective on an issue that clearly is of interest to many of us.

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6 1/2 years

UW-River Falls: Majors: 1st year-Liberal Arts 2nd year-Geography 3rd-Non-
teaching Phys-Ed

UW-Stout: 1 semester - Major: Dietetics

St. Cloud State University: Majors: Back to Geography, then FINALLY received
my BS in Mass Comm and Minor in Geography

Fun times!

PS - still paying $300 a month in student loans - all so I can put my degree to use in medical billing!! - "I am so smart...S-M-R-T!" - Homer Simpson

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It took me 5 years to get my B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics....and then many years later to become a registered dietitian....but it's okay...

Hey you like the medical billing?? If not I mean -- You studied dietetics...and you have a degree in Communications.....You could possibly combine the two of them and do something interesting....

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It took me me 11 years to get my BS in Communication Studies. However, I took a 7 year hiatus b/c I couldn't "focus."
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eh... I've been in college for 2 and a half years, now... didn't accomplish much of anything the first two years (got about 2 classes per semester down... even though I was taking 4-5 classes each semester... I only ended up passing 2... dropped the rest)

this semester, though... I've found something that I really want to do... so it's a little easier to get motivated... and I won't be dropping any courses
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3 semesters done in a row, woo hoo.

and taken like 2 classes ea Semester,

So now I want and know I want a BA or BS Degree,

So I am on the 6 to 8 yr plan total.
Hi ,I am Jaden From Nor Cal ...I remain Very Opptimistic about my search for a Career. not just a job.
A.D.H.D. Mechanicly inclined, Dad of boy is 6,my girl is almost 2.

1."You are either with me or against me".

2."A house that is divided ,will perish". from Bible.
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13 years to finish a professional degree. Of course, my degree is a 6 year venture from start to finish so I wasted 7 total years along the way!!!!

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My BA took five years, but this includes summer sessions, and I had to redo my junior year because of a car accident. All in all, it was an excellent five years spent. I think my only regret is that I wasn't diagnosed then, bc I think if I had been, I would have been able to appreciate so much more of the material.
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Im starting my paramedic course in Febuary, and thats just a yrs course and then in the fall, i start my 4 year course for nursing, and i'll grad with a bachlors in science too.
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Its gonna be 7 and 1/2 years total; but only about 5 years of in-school time.. I did a semester then took 3 and 1/2 years off. I then returned very dedicated. I went through summers and took 16 to 18 credit hours.

This should be my last semester. Then I start pharmacy school.
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For those of you who had/have clinical:

A few semesters down the road, I will have 7 class credits on top of 31 clinical hours per do you manage to do well in school, despite the 31+ hours a week in the hospital?

Signed up for nuclear medicine, but I am reconsidering. I'm going to speak with the career councelor, I think. Classes start tomorrow.

"But the man who comes back through the Door in the Wall will never be quite the same as the man who went out. He will be wiser but less cocksure, happier but less self-satisfied, humbler in acknowledging his ignorance yet better equipped to understand the relationship of words to things, of systematic reasoning to the unfathomable Mystery which it tries, forever vainly, to comprehend." Aldous Huxley, The Doors of Perception
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