Off To College Thanks To MSE

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in How much have you saved?
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  • Gingham_RibbonGingham_Ribbon Forumite
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    How's it going at college?
    May all your dots fall silently to the ground.
  • SpendlessSpendless Forumite
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    How's it going at college?
    Only just seen this. Yes I'm enjoying the course and I've found myself a work placement :j (part of the course requirements). I've made some new friends. The course finishes in time for me to pick DS up each day and there's a free student car park. The nursery vouchers are saving us a fortune (just as well cos March is 5 week month and we have 5 birthdays and mothers day in it as well:eek: ).
  • wirmwirm Forumite
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    Only just found this thread Spendless! So a belated 'best of luck'.

    Hope your enjoying yourself and not studying too hard! ;)
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    Don't forget to check out the Student Moneysaver Board........lots of tips telling you how to behave as a student !
  • margaretclaremargaretclare Forumite
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    Smiley_Mum wrote:
    Good for you, you must be over the moon. Don't know how old you are but they class mature students (when I went to College anyway) as 21 or over. There was this retired ex Metropolitan Police Woman DC who was 53 when she started her course, what a hoot she was. She wiped the floor with the rest of the students on the course too, she picked up a bunch of awards and everything. Good on her.

    My grandson age 23 is a mature student - how ancient does that make me feel! He hasn't gone into debt for it though - he's still working as a chef at the same time as being a full-time student.

    I was a mature student 1978-81, and about half my year were mature, eldest was nearly 60, I was in my early 40s then. Even thought it did me no good at all work-wise, I wouldn't have missed it for the world.

    Except that, given my time over again, I'd do a different course. I wouldn't do Behavioural Sciences, I'd read Law and aim to become a family solicitor.

    Best of luck to you

    Aunty Margaret
    [FONT=Times New Roman, serif]Æ[/FONT]r ic wisdom funde, [FONT=Times New Roman, serif]æ[/FONT]r wear[FONT=Times New Roman, serif]ð[/FONT] ic eald.
    Before I found wisdom, I became old.
  • SpendlessSpendless Forumite
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    I've only just noticed that this thread was in the e-mail on 7th March :beer: . I've had to go back into my e-mails.:o That'll teach me to read to the very end of Martins Money Tips and not get side-tracked :o
  • Gingham_RibbonGingham_Ribbon Forumite
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    I didn't notice either, Spendless, but well done anyway!
    May all your dots fall silently to the ground.
  • SpendlessSpendless Forumite
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    To Update- I finished my course today:j . I have handed in coursework that has been marked and passed, sat on-going exams and passed :T and have to wait for the results of 3 other exams, which I'll get in a few months time.

    Financially March was the toughest month as it was a 5 week month of nursery fees and we have 5 birthdays within it,including both my children and Mothers day fell in it as well. Though we were straight as I started college we didn't have anything in reserve:o . Any borrowing has been at 0% though and now DD has turned 3 and we get the Government Funding, her fees are much more manageable and we can now start to pay back any debt built up.

    The free student car park was a god-send and a total surprise as I didn't know about it. This made it that I could pick kids up in time and under my own steam. The car park will not be free from September, so very useful that I did the course when I did otherwise parking expenses and logistics of and cost of public transport would have had to be taken into account..

    I was helped out by relatives getting son to school but Wrap-around care starting at sons school has also been a big help, especially as they have been able to fit me in on extra times at short notice if I've been stuck. Also helpful was the extra cirriculum activities run by sons school, this meant on my longest day at college I was able to extend time son was in school for the bargain price of £2:money:

    As for what next. I am in process of applying for a small part-time job, which may be manageable around the school nursery that DD will be attending in the Autumn. If nothing comes of it then I will probably take the two elements of the course I enjoyed the most and study them at the next level, on a very small part-time course. In the meantime DD is staying at hercurrent nursery till I have used all of her nursery grant up:p :D;) and I am going to make a start on all the housework jobs that have been on hold since January!:rotfl:
  • susiesue_2susiesue_2 Forumite
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    well done you.:j

    i have another 2 years left before i finish my course bit then ill be thinking what else can i do? i get bored in the holidays with no work to do, the kids get a chance to use the computer then thogh.
    susiesue
    Julius Caesar, and the roman empire, couldn't conquer the blue sky
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