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Do you think you will ever go back to school?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on May 18, 2007

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Photo of Matt Drecker

“Yes. I think I will if it helps me to avoid responsibility.”

Photo of Lillie Okwuone

“There’s a possibility. I would like to go back and work on my Ph.D. in social work. I like school. I really like the environment and the interaction. I think I’ve gained a lot of knowledge and enlightenment while going.”

Photo of Todd Cowger

“Probably not. I’ve thought about getting my master’s degree, but I’m 37 and that’s kind of getting up there. I already have a pretty good job.”

Photo of Adina Morse

“No. I have an undergrad, a master’s and a juris doctorate. There’s no way I’m going back.”


craigers 11 years, 1 month ago

Yep. Next March I am going to start a MBA program.

paladin 11 years, 1 month ago

Jest wanted ta point out that the schools produce allot a crap and general waste matter.

Crossfire 11 years, 1 month ago

I think I'll stay home and school myself.

mick 11 years, 1 month ago

Do they give PhDs in Social Work? I thought masters was the terminal degree.

salad 11 years, 1 month ago

PhD in social work?!?! Is there even a body of knowledge there that needs learnin'? On the other hand, there is no body of knowledge present in many subjects, but they give PhD's anyway, education being the biggest joke of them all. Might as well give a PhD in finger paintin'...

paladin 11 years, 1 month ago

Uh...probly. The school buildin has real old plumin an I have ta go clean it out ever oncet in a while. Them durn kids stuff all kinds a stuff down the turlets ta plug em up, sos I gotta go unplug em. Jest like I used ta do. Ha. Ha. Ain't life ironical now. Girls are the worst ones ta foul up a sewer pipe.

oldvet 11 years, 1 month ago

I can't wait for the day when I really retire and get to take all of the classes I couldn't take back in 66-68... back then I had to focus on a degree and not flunk out, the quick ticket to the draft... there are a lot of things I want to learn more about and not have to be afraid to express an oppinion for fear of getting the prof mad at you and giving a failing grade...

trinity 11 years, 1 month ago

hey hey hey now, ease up on the social workers, mm'kay?? YES there is a PhD in social work. and it isn't easy to earn, either, so stick that in your pipe&smoke it. neener neener neener&all that jazz. i'm a lowly BSW, but i do have the utmost respect and admiration for those that forge on to earn their PhDs in social work. just because it's brain effort does not mean that it's akin to finger painting, basket weaving, etc. lot of things involved, so if you don't know of which you speak-can it. i'd go back myself, if i could ever pay off student loans and/or get new ones. :D

friday friday friDAY, friday friday friDAY, friday friday friDAYYYYYYYY!!!! (yep still in a conga frame of mind, even tho some people's responses have had a rather irritating effect on me!)

sunflower_sue 11 years, 1 month ago

Yes, I'm going back there again this morning...then again at 3:00. Then we will start it all over again on Monday.

paladin 11 years, 1 month ago

Schools produce social workers, too, I guess.

mom_of_three 11 years, 1 month ago

Yes, I am going to school right now. I earned my associates degree ages ago, but I am now working toward my bachelor's one class at a time. I would take more, but I have one of my own heading to college in a year, so I would rather save it for her.
I would love to go full time or part time, but I also can't afford to take miss so much work.

Ceallach 11 years, 1 month ago

trin, you beat me to it! KU has a very good Social Welfare school and doctoral programs are never easy. Just because a professional field does not require a heavy load of math and sciences one should not assume it is the equivalent of finger painting.

Go back to school? Nah! I am content with my position. I plan to learn Spanish, but that is just for myself, not for a degree. Higher, higher, ever higher education is not for everyone. Just thinking about going back makes me tired :)

Grundoon Luna 11 years, 1 month ago


R_I, not likely from the gov't. Perhaps you can find a rich benefactor. Plead a case with Branson or Buffet

Bone777 11 years, 1 month ago

I don't know if I could deal with all that boozin', sleepin', and carousin' again.

That Social Welfare degree was a real pain....

DaveR 11 years, 1 month ago

Go back to school?

No, no, no, no. We should not be confused. Lawrence is the very nice place it is because of the willingness of thousands of students to immolate themselves upon mountains of debt. Debt they will spend the rest of their lives struggling to repay. Soldiers of Athens, your City salutes you!

Me, I'm a veteran. My five year campaign was quite enough, thank-you very much.

The good burgers of Lawrence could find few more noble - or self-serving - goals than to work towards the forgiveness of student debt, on the national, perhaps even the state level.

trinity 11 years, 1 month ago

TOB&ceal, i thank you both! grrrr, don't MESS with the social worker, lol...

friday friday friDAY! friday friday friDAY! friday friday friDAYYYYYYYYY!!!

sunflower_sue 11 years, 1 month ago

OK, now I'm really riled up at ya'll putting down finger painting! I have a degree in finger painting and let me tell you, it was no small task to get! Just because there is not a ton of science and math involved in finger painting, lets not assume it's on the same level as, say: playing basketball.

I think about going back all the time. I'll probably think about it for a very long time.
BTW, Todd, 37 is not "getting up there!" :P~

Ceallach 11 years, 1 month ago

Either the ljw server or KU's server is having problems this morning! soooooo slooooow

I'll be going to schools all weekend! One high school graduation, one Baker graduation and one pinning ceremony. Life is good! Except for the card with the check in it thingy :-\

parTY parTY parTY, friDAY friDAY friDAY!

salad 11 years, 1 month ago

Oh please!!! Social work is like liberal arts: not hard. Physics, engineering, etc.: hard but then again the following relationship holds wrt college degrees: social work=$ engineering=$$$$$$$

(btw, I have two degrees in liberal artsy stuff and one in science, so I know what I'm talking about)

sgtwolverine 11 years, 1 month ago

Uh oh. I suspect the social workers among us will become salad shooters in short order. Everybody duck -- the leafy greens may soon start flying.

Go back to school? I hope not! I'm too busy doing things.

Honestly, though, I won't rule it out. It may prove to be useful and/or necessary at some point. But also honestly, I hope that never proves to be true. I do not like school, Sam I Am.

redneckwoman 11 years, 1 month ago

NO! Can't afford school. Plus being a fulltime wife and mother of 3 I don't get enough time to just think let alone study!

Ceallach 11 years, 1 month ago

So much education and not a single course in humility.

sunflower_sue 11 years, 1 month ago

sgt, you crack me up! "Salad shooters!" Classic! That made me laugh out loud!

Anybody know the latest on the manhunt in Tongie? My kiddies are locked down in their schools and it's (was) field day for the elementary school. Poor things don't even get to go out for recess. (Poor teachers!)

trinity 11 years, 1 month ago

mm'kay, salad, umm sure, you know what you're talking about. uh huh. eyeroll walk a mile baby, walk a mile, is all i have to say on that.

laffin' my butt off, sgt; yeahhh leafy green things, along with granola, bottled water, flowery skirts&dresses; it's gonna get UGLY i tell ya! ;)

and yes R_I, you've earned your honorary social work degree by being social at work! be proud! and welcome to the "fold", lol.

friday friday friDAY!!! party party parTAY! oh gawd...i'm giddy with friday-ness.

oh hey let's all be sure to wish hawklet21 a happy birthday; actual day isn't until monday, but i've a feeling that little one is going to have a very lonnnnng and tiresome weekend, lol...

Ceallach 11 years, 1 month ago

Happy B-day to trinity's hawklet21!!!

Linda Endicott 11 years, 1 month ago

Not unless I win the damn lottery...

Then I could quit my job, and pay off what I already owe, and all that nifty stuff. Then I might think about it.

So, no, probably not.

Flap Doodle 11 years, 1 month ago

I'll be taking refresher courses in marmosets & marmots at the Idaho Institute of Taxidermy this summer.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 11 years, 1 month ago

If you're a teacher, you have to continue school to keep your certification.

mom_of_three 11 years, 1 month ago

I work full time, and am mom of 3 (obviously). I am only able to take a class because it's free. I wish everyone had the opportunity. Study time was sometimes hard, with 3 teenagers all needing the computer at the same time or needing to ask questions when I was reading. But my hubby was very supportive. Now, when I have to take my math credit, then I will be bothering my high schooler, because I will need some help.
Not easy being the oldest in class, but I do find I have a different prospective and thought process now than when I was their age.
I figure at this rate, it will take my about 7 years to achieve my bachelor's degree. By the time I am done, I will then decide on my masters. (And by then, two of mine will be done/almost done with college, too.)

trinity 11 years, 1 month ago

when i earned my degree back in '92 (in SOCIAL WORK, lol) from KU's awesome School of Social Welfare, my kids were 14, 10, and 5(hawklet21, lol); plus i'd worked a part-nearly-full time job during the last couple of years of college. it was a busy, interesting time in my life&i wouldn't trade it for the world. and, no negative impact on my babies! in fact if anything, they were inspired.

jonas 11 years, 1 month ago

Yep, even after I graduate this time. I'll eventually want a doctorate so I can teach at a big college. I'm hoping that if I get good enough at Chinese I can get a doctorate in economics in one of the Chinese universities. That'll be interesting!! Hen you yisi!

hawklet21 11 years, 1 month ago

You know what salad, spend a day with my dad and you'd see that getting your PhD in Social Work is not exactly a piece of cake. He works hard not only to keep the finances flowing for it, but there is a little thing called...Oh I don't know...A DISSERTATION!! It takes a lot of time and research that is definitely not easy. And what's YOUR highest degree? A PhD? I think not. Thanks for the birthday wishes guys... Awwww shucks!

Evan Ridenour 11 years, 1 month ago

"Oh please!!! Social work is like liberal arts: not hard. Physics, engineering, etc.: hard but then again the following relationship holds wrt college degrees: social work=$ engineering=$$$$$$$

(btw, I have two degrees in liberal artsy stuff and one in science, so I know what I'm talking about)"

Judging by the content of your post I find it hard to believe you graduated from high school much less have three seperate higher education degrees.

hawklet21 11 years, 1 month ago

Oh, and don't make the social workers angry. They will go all medieval on your @$$.

trinity 11 years, 1 month ago

sigh now, if only hawklet would get her degree in social work! on second thought-nah the world ain't ready for THAT brand of social work, bwahahaaa. ;)

salad 11 years, 1 month ago

Gosh babboy, you're obviously NOT educated beyond much of anything, since you can't spell "salad". If you re-read your self inflated post, you do nothing but brag about yourself, so shut your fat pie-hole num-nutz.

Hawlet, go to dissertation files in the library and for a good laugh, read some of garbage that passes for "research" in social sciences. Laugh out loud stuff: education PhD's are the worst though. These people wouldn't know real research if it fell out of the sky, landed on their head and started to wiggle. So no, I'm not impressed with daddys PhD.

trinity 11 years, 1 month ago

uh-oh; salad for your own good i suggest you duck&cover; that lil' hawklet can get pretty agitated!

tossing social work hat to the side....

you're probably just pissed because babboy called it right on the money-"snot nosed college student".

excuse me while i go put my social work hat back on. ;)

hawklet21 11 years, 1 month ago

Well, you can't spell Hawklet. So what's the difference? You are too much of a pompous ass for a little proofreading yourself, I see. Also, I'm not impressed with your "three degrees" that I am just SO sure you are telling the truth about. Engineering? yawn At least social workers know how to make/take a joke.

trinity 11 years, 1 month ago

lmao-betcha he wears a pocket protector. NOT THAT THERE IS ANYTHING WRONG WITH THOSE. ;)

hawklet21 11 years, 1 month ago

And what, by the way, is "liberal artsy stuff"? I sure hope they don't print that on diplomas...

hawklet21 11 years, 1 month ago

Will you throw some cucumbers and kidney beans and caeser dressing on mine? Thanks.

trinity 11 years, 1 month ago

when lettuce gets agitated doesn't it turn in to a really soupy frothy concoction, sorta like a lettuce milkshake? oh wait, that happens when it's shaken, not stirred! duh!

hawklet21 11 years, 1 month ago

I knew the tossed salad reference would get out of hand... I just didn't want to be the first with my mind in the gutter. :)

Grundoon Luna 11 years, 1 month ago

Aww, TOB, Oh no you di'in't!!! snap I guess he deserved it though for talkin' smack on someone's honest education/profession.

Sue, I have several Tongie parents reporting to me and only one felt worried enough to leave and get her kiddies. The other two seem confident theirs are safe at school with it being on lock-down - which is the extent of what I know. I guess it's about comfort level. Seeing as how I went and grabbed my son out of school when the bomb threat was in Lawrence you could say I have a low comfort level in that respect.

sunflower_sue 11 years, 1 month ago

I had a salad for lunch. Now I'm feeling a little weird about it.

I miss lurid cyber footsie! I guess I'm feeling all sentimental. Who will volunteer to have the next LCF affair? We don't necessarily just need 2 can work "in the round." (Also, some posters don't need anyone else to participate.)

Snap, could you make me a marmoset corset? I've just been wanting one.

sunflower_sue 11 years, 1 month ago

A_A, I figured my kiddies were actually safer in the schools...since the crazy guy is still out loose in the countryside somewhere...then they would be at home. A bomb threat would be totally different! I just can't believe they haven't got the guy yet. I'm sure security will be out when they let the little ones out of school. They'll just all be bummed that they have to reschedule field day.

trinity 11 years, 1 month ago

oh how ironic, that the Santorum comment was made JUST when i finished reading this weeks' dr. dan over at the pitch! ;)

all's i can say is, ewwww, lmaooo.

trinity 11 years, 1 month ago

anybody for a righteous cause to get all worked up about? check this out.

i am livid.

Good2go 11 years, 1 month ago

Once you get your paper, why go back, if you want to learn, its called reading.

sunflower_sue 11 years, 1 month ago

Prospector, I've got the cheesy hammy hashbrown casserole in the oven! Mmmmmmm!

Grundoon Luna 11 years, 1 month ago

One of my Tongie mommies got word tht they caught the bad guy, Sue.

Phelps is a completely misguide tool, to say the least. I think that God is reserving a special place for him and the rest of his sick ass family. Forget about spit. Some radiologist ought to resrve used barium in a 55 gallon drum to toss on those pathetic jagoffs at their next funeral.

trinity 11 years, 1 month ago

TOB it sounds as though a gem of a man was called home.

as for that bunch...yeah, i try my best to ignore them; but sometimes, i dunno...i just see red. i like A_A'a idea! can i help???

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