ANSWERS: 63
  • No it's not. I've watched on the news recently that there's a man who's just trying to learn how to read. I think those students who say that need to learn some manners. And I would like to tell them that they're too old to call that man GRANDPA.
  • It's not too old at all, and it's not that uncommon. Is your school small? I went to a huge state school, and there were lots of older students. I think the oldest one I knew of was in his 70s.
  • no not at all. there isn't an age limit and a person can go back at anytime.
  • NO!!! i think that it's awesome to get an education no matter what age you are!
  • It's never too old to do anything. I am 37 and am planning on starting my MBA next year. Life doesn't stop and these days you need to keep your skills up and constantly learning new things. I see people in school up into their late 50s.
  • No, youre never too old to learn. Poor guy i hope he takes all the name calling as a joke!! lol
  • acutally no I don't think 40 is too old to go back to college... infact in one of my speech classes I had a person in there that looked like he was past 40... maybe 50... (could have been 40 but I never did ask)... he was a cool person, and infact you should probably look up to him and tell those people they should look up to him also because he has the courage to go back to school even when he is twice the age of the people in said school
  • It's never too late in my opinion. There was a lady in my first year Chemistry group a few years ago who was a 'fellow mature age student' along with myself and several others. I was 25, others were in their 40's and the lady was in her 70's or 80's. I was very impressed at her fortitude to keep up with the learning and mind stimulation. People can also have more than one career these days, so going back to learn more at a tertiary level is sensible if that will help you with your career goals. The name calling just shows your fellow students immaturity.
  • That's awfully rude to be calling names. When I was in college (just a few years ago) MANY of my classmates were 40 and above. Some appeared to be closer to 50 or 60, even. Nobody made fun of them. In fact, when it came time for group assignments many of the "older" students were the first to get snatched up by a group because they tended to be more serious about their studies, more organized, and less likely to procrastinate (likely due to the fact that they had to balance their school, full time career, and families - unlike many of the younger students.) I don't think that you're ever too old to go back to college. I say - if you want to go, then go.
  • That is really sad. I find it incredibly immature for college students to act that way. I think that is great that someone has the courage to go back to school. If I was to go back to school I would go to night classes.
  • Its sad that people would be so ignorant. Its never too late to get an education. About a year ago, a lady graduated from the school that I work at, she finished her Pharmacy Technician program with honors and she was about 70 years old and had Parkinson's. Its never too late to pursue a dream!
  • Back to college, may depend on why he decided to re-enroll. To go to college for a first time, would lean towards yes on this one. We had a guy in my truck driving school class who was, like, 60. He said he was there to learn how to drive a truck, and had no desire to make a career out of it. This school was popular and always full, so by his own selfish desires, he is taking a spot away from someone who was looking to do this for a living, not just to put a check mark on the side of their 'bucket list.' OK, I'm bitter on the whole college topic, I admit it. Must be one of those 'you must experience to understand' thing. Still, I'm 39, and no way on God's green earth would I ever go to college at this age -- would fail out, anyway, so may have something to do with the opinion, also. man, I gotta stay away from these school questions. LOL ;-)
  • You are never to old to learn new things. I've known people in their 60s and 70s who have gone back to school. I even knew one lady that went to college and law school after 65 just because she hadn't the opportunity as a kid and wanted to do it before she was no longer able!
  • This iould be a wake up call for all you young ones who think you don't have there is more to life. Things change as you age; and you might find yourself in a situation that causes you to need to learn a new skill to earn money!!!! Don't give him a hard time; it took a lot of balls to go back to school.
  • That's mean. I think it's hard enough for him to fit in going to school and working/being an adult so I commend him.
  • of course not. Retraining programs (when you get laid off) offer this all the time. What else is a millworker to do? When I went to college at 25, 5 or 10 of my classmates had gray hair.
  • Good for him for going back to college. You're never too old to go back to school. Leave him alone.
  • No, not for any reason. Those students are immature and need a reality slap across the face.
  • Well, I have completed only one semester of technical college, but there was a man in my math class who was 78. My dad just went back to tech school and got a second degree, he is 50. So, no I don't think so.
  • It is never to old to get educated.. Just a while ago I heard of a woman in her 80's that got her H.S. Diploma from a High School. Those people that are calling the older folks Grandpa, etc. will be there themselves sooner than they think..lol
  • No- A person should expect 3 careers in his or her lifetime. If hes going after a new one- GREAT. Its admirable when a person does something difficult to better him/herself. Get off his back and learn from him.Also- some companies will pay their employees to further their education.
  • You are never too old to learn. The guy should be admired and respected for furthering his education and the immature kids should leave him alone or make him feel welcome.
  • never too old to do anything ^_^ grandpa could be endearing
  • It's never too late. My mother is 43 years old, and she is currently a part time student at college, and she will earn her associate degree this summer by passing this last class.
  • No. It all depends on what you want to do. One day I hope to figure a way to go back to uni and never leave. There is just so much stuff I want to know. When I was an apprentice, we had two 40 year old apprentices. They had had full lives but for whatever reason they got to a point where they also needed an extra trade ticket and here they were.
  • Not at all.There are alot of people that do.The children calling him names will be that age soon enough.
  • no your not late for anything new no matter how old are you
  • I guess you youngsters better watch your smart mouths when I return to college when I'm in my 50's. Education is not only for the young and their spongy brains. Many people need to return to school later in life due to changes in technology and the job market. I thought I would always have a job in IT when I started 31 years ago. It's beginning to be overly automated and outsourced. So I may be joining the college ranks again.
  • I'm a college student and I love having non-traditional students in my classes because they add such a cool perspective. Plus, they're way more mature than college-age students and they're serious about learning.
  • I am 50 years old and have a bachelor's degree in Biology. I want to get a Masters degree and I have been told by several colleges that I am too old for the maximum age allowed, which is 50. I was 50 in March of this year, 2008. Why do we even try anymore to better ourselves and try to help others when the colleges say we are too old for their programs? Is this illegal or what? I think it is but how do you fight it? Hollyhock
  • My grandma is 91 and still works 4hrs. a day 5 days a week. This guy could have 50 years to do what he had always wanted to do. On the other hand the nontradidional students drove me crazy when I was in college. They always asked too many questions.
  • Not at all my uncle is 49 and after being laid off for the fifth time, he decided to go back to school and get his master'S degree ! ; ))))
  • My father is 45 & he's going back to school soon to get his bachelor's degree,I guess you're never too old to go back to school.
  • My aunt went back at 60!
  • I'll bet he gets better grades than the average student.
  • i liked seeing that 92 year old lady graduate last year. she said something like, "i'm gonna take a year off before i decide if i want to go to graduate school or not". 92! age is no limitation if we really want it. i think it's important to learn, to keep our brain cells active. it's true that our brain doesn't learn new things as quickly at 50 than it did at 20. it doesn't mean that we're more stupid - it just takes more time. it seems like God gave older folks much greater skill in recalling historical events, having an expanded vocabulary, and, for most folks, better interpersonal skills. like senator mccain, the old timer in your class, i'd hope, would joke along with others about his age, once or twice, and then excel in his studies.
  • I'm going back to get my masters. I'm in my 40s
  • Knowledge is powerful. There is more shame in prejudice than there is in learning. 40 is not too old for college at all because the purpose of going to college is to gain a higher level of education and qualifications and you're never too old for that. He probably doesn't care what anyone else thinks, and good on him. If his goal was to socialize, he would've gone to a bar. Much cheaper and less judgmental than college.
  • Nothing wrong with trying to access a better life via education. He might not have had a proper chance when he was younger! Good on him! My mum went back to uni when she was 33.
  • Some times we get busy in life matters, so we can't do things we love or want and it will never be too late to do it when we get the chance.
  • if the person like it´s good,but is a bit old to enter in a 1st or a 2st level.is good to complete the life and get new jobs.
  • There are people way older than that at my uni and people don't say anything. We just give them the same respect we give everyone else.
  • Education is an equalizer. This is America, where it is suppose to be available for anyone to gain an education. Maybe he had to work all his life to support his children or something. My mom is about to be 40, and she is in college because she was a single mom who sacrificed and worked her whole life to raise her children. Now that my brother and I are grown, she can finish her college. I have to say. i actually admire that.
  • Its actually good and bad. But to answer your question my answer is no, 40 years old is just the right age. LOL. But I'm not old enough for University life. We have gone forth in schooling since his younger days. He will be learning todays math and stuff instead of his old math. Its good for him and the others need to shut their mouths.
  • Nope. On the contrary, it shows a great deal of determination and desire to get ahead. Those know-it-all idiot kids who are doing that are also green with envy because they can't get the grades the 40-year old is getting - and that, I'm willing to bet on!
  • lol and I was thinking if I was too old at 26!
  • That's what I was called when I was going through US Army basic traing at 32. He should be laughing about it, not taking it as an insult. You're never to old to do what you want to do.
  • You must never abandon the pursuit of knowledge.
  • The best way to shut ignorant people like that up is to quietly continue with what you want to do ... and do very well at it! Unfortunately there will always be a few ignorants like this in everything we do, but education is for EVERYONE, irrespective of age or anything else. My mother is 87 and learning to operate a computer for the first time. Only a very stupid person would mock anyone for wanting to expand their knowledge.
  • I am a 47 year old women with 5 children got laid off from my job last year and decided to go back to school. I am in my fourth quarter of a 2 year associates degree after spending 6 months to get my G.E.D. I thought I was a little over the hill at first but in this economy if you have the opportunity to get better educated GO FOR IT. By the way I was nominated for an award and was beaten to the scholarship by a 67 year old woman who had spent 3 years trying to get her G.E.D. No you are never too old.
  • You're only too old if you're dead! And, being 40, maybe he IS a grandpa. No shame in that. Sticks and stones....
  • Nope. I know people in their 50's and 60's who are in college. And they're more sharp than I am. The people giving him a hard time are morons.
  • I hope that FIFTY isn't too old to go back to college! I am in the process of getting a winemaking degree from Univ of Calif at Davis over the internet, in the evenings, after working all day as a winemaker and cellarmaster! Education is a great thing and we can (hopefully) continue to learn throughout our entire lifetime. I say more power to the forty year olds! Damn young whippersnappers!!! Good Luck with it! +3
  • All those people who razz him about his age are totally without class and can safely be ignored. If you want to go back to school ... go back to school. I'm 66 and am again seriously considering trying for my doctorate.
  • He should be respected even more for his desire for more information. I wish him luck!!
  • age is not obstacles to stop us for learning.look the scientists they still learn eventhough we thought they are knowledge.but the true is it not wrong even people 100 years old still can learn as they want to learn.that all.
  • I knew a guy that back to college in his 50's and my sister went back in her 40's. So no is the Answer
  • No for education there is no age factor it is depend on your learning capabilities. http://www.latestt.com
  • I am 36 and going back again. (I have a degree but going back for something else). I am not the oldest there, I see people of all ages, I think its great!
  • as a matter of fact no, i admire this man. i am also 40 and starting nursing school. i know its going to be a challenge but i am looking forward to it. i am not saying that i not nervous because i am. but i realize i need this for a better way of life to provide for my family. and i love helping people.
  • if theres a guy whos 40 and going to collage that means he wants something better for himself. anybody can call him graps or old but they wont ever make fun of him for being stupid. you can be a 100 and still be learning. we learn till the day we die so you dont have to go to school to learn unless you want money. but its would be nice if he had at least one friend if he does not because one person calling him old might put him down but he is human so just be friends with him and i dont think he will let stupid words get to his head.
  • I say also, your never too old. I am 40 myself and I am just finishing my first semester ever!! I have not had any of those problems. There are many returning students at my school, especially now given the high unemployment rates.

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