Can I take a mulligan on college?
April 24, 2006 6:05 PM Subscribe
ReDoFilter: Is it a good idea to go back to college?
posted by mullacc to Education (23 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I graduated with an undergrad degree in finance 3 years ago. I currently work on Wall Street and while I've been successful thus far, this is not the path I want to follow.
I am employed at-will, but my job is a two-year program (starting this summer) - after 2 years it is up or out. I'd be thrilled to walk away now, but if I stay the next two years I will have saved up a good amount of money.
So, I know want I don't want to do, but I have no idea what I do want to do. What really gets me excited is the idea of spending a few years getting the education I've always wanted - a thorough education in philosophy, literature and the liberal arts in general. Not only does this type of education interest me in and of itself, but I think it is the kind of setting that would allow me to figure out what I want to do with the rest of my life, or at least, how I want to make a living.
I've begun to look at the type of programs out there that will take a non-traditional student like myself. A place like St. John's College sounds very interesting. My savings over the next couple years would make it financially feasible to do another 4-year undergrad degree at a school like that.
So, my question: is this a good idea? I know people return to college all the time, but it seems like they usually have a specific vocation or goal in mind. I'd be going in completely blind. Perhaps I'm just pining for my college days after putting up with the corporate grind for a few years? It feels more real than that, but I'd be interested to hear if my feelings sound like the normal quarter-life crisis freak-out. I'd also be happy to hear about the experience of anyone that may have gone through a similar situation.
A move like this would probably prohibit a return to Wall Street, but I'm confident that I could use my experience to land a less prestigious job in finance if all goes awry.