Alright, which one of you guys is this? 29 degree's!

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  1. rebel100

    rebel100 New Member

    Michigan Man Has 29 College Degrees and Counting - Yahoo! Appears that he never really had much of a career other than going to school and working odd jobs. Kinda sad really. There is no mention of student debt, I wonder if he pays as he goes or just has the mother of all student loan deferrals!
     
  2. friendorfoe

    friendorfoe Active Member

    It's his passion I guess. I believe it is possible to be addicted to anything...from cigarettes to collecting paper napkins to eating fast food.
     
  3. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    I once knew a guy who was the exact opposite. Despite being rather intelligent, he never went to college or learned any particular skill. His parents were rather rich and they supplemented his low income which was earned working as a landscaper and other manual labor jobs. He was planning on inheriting a fortune when his parents died. As it turns out both of his parents became ill and went into an expensive nursing home that ate up all the money. They both died just before the money ran out. He inherited next to nothing. The last time I saw him he was in a panic about what might happen to him. The best advice I could come up with was to think of himself as being 18 again. Go to college, learn a skill that will allow you to support yourself into your old age. My sympathy evaporated when he told me that he couldn't imagine actually working for a living.
     
  4. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    Michigan man? There was a thread about a Western Michigan University campus cop who had something like 23 master's degrees and one doctorate a few years back.
     
  5. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    And his wife has only seven degrees. Don't his tuition benefits include his wife as well?
     
  6. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    Many nursing homes seem to be pretty good at making this happen.
     
  7. 03310151

    03310151 New Member

    Good grief. Great quotes in this article:

    "She helps me with my homework all the time," he said. "I cannot function on a computer, so she has to do it."

    "He likes going to school and doesn't want responsibility,"

    Um, okay.
     
  8. DxD=D^2

    DxD=D^2 Member

    What a waist of time... what is someone going to do with all those degrees? Ultimately all our degrees will transfer to one place-The Grave! I think he could have done something better with his time then to get 29 (going on 30) degrees.
     
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  9. 03310151

    03310151 New Member

    Yeah maybe teaching? Passing on some knowledge to future generations? Nope.

    Just collect and store knowledge, keep it all to yourself. Thank God his wife can do his homework for him though.
     
  10. LearningAddict

    LearningAddict Well-Known Member

    I can think of worse things to do than this, but I can't help but feel like he's making a mockery of higher education (not that it isn't doing a great deal of that job on its own). The thought of a person with 29 degrees who can't use a computer is unconscionable, and even moreso considering what education is SUPPOSED to be about; LEARNING!
     
  11. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    All these too many degrees threads make me nervous. :sigh:
     
  12. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    "Nicholson has one bachelor's degree, two associate's degrees, 22 master's degrees, three specialist degrees and one doctoral degree."

    I find it difficult to believe that this man, even with his wife's help, has paid for all these degrees. It's more likely that we, the taxpayers, have paid for a sizable percentage of these degrees and will continue to do so until he reaches his magic number. If it was up to me I'd say, "No more financial aid for you."
     
  13. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    He's a campus cop at Western Michigan University. Most likely, he's got free tuition from WMU.
     
  14. daabels

    daabels New Member

  15. BlueMason

    BlueMason Audaces fortuna juvat

    A waste of time for you and many others, but not him. I admire the dedication it took to complete all those degrees - going to classes, etc. It is not a lifestyle I would choose (and I dare say that pursuing that many degrees, education has become a lifestyle for this chap), but.. to each his own.
     
  16. BlueMason

    BlueMason Audaces fortuna juvat

    Why? Good old fashioned learning didn't involve computers or the internet... it required a will, dedication, a library and good penmanship or a type writer. If he was able to earn that many degrees without knowing how to use a computer, he had to do research the old fashioned way and I dare say learned a heck of a lot more than the folks who use search engines with custom searches to do that hard work for them...
     
  17. LearningAddict

    LearningAddict Well-Known Member

    Yes, I'm well aware of that since I did all of it myself including using a typewriter. But that doesn't mean that using today's technology says you don't need will, dedication or a library for proper research and study because in many cases you still do. And penmanship/written letter writing is all but dead due to technological advancements, just like older advancements ended chiseling on stone tablets and writing with ash residue. Technological advancement is nothing to be ashamed of or feel guilty about taking advantage of...

    The research part isn't even the main issue. I find it hard to fathom how a person living in this age with that many degrees (29 and counting is far beyond astronomical) wouldn't have taken the initiative at some point to enroll in a computer course. With 29 degrees and counting, it's not like he doesn't invite criticism by detailing his inability to use a computer--a task considered today as simple enough for toddlers to do--and having his wife do it especially when that's the medium expected to be part of your studies in this day and age (that's the main point).
     
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  18. Randell1234

    Randell1234 Moderator Staff Member

    I could say the same about the people I knew that memorized football and baseball stats and could spit them out in demand but made $8 an hour...what a waste of time. That knowledge of sports will transfer to the GRAVE also. Who are we to decide what is a good use or someone elses time?
     
  19. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    I find it interesting that this guy is actually married. Someone on this board once said that a man with too many degrees is unmarriageable.
     
  20. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

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