Introductions Hello All! I am very happy to have found this forum. There is such a wealth of information about DL education in old posts that I am now probably spending far too much time sifting through all of that stuff. My educational background is as follows. After a promising start in junior high, I just couldn't hack it in high school so I dropped out after 3 semesters without a diploma. My local state university awarded me a tuition waiver (some might call that a scholarship), so I was off to study mathematics in college. My first semester, I remember taking 5 upper-division math courses, and a graduate seminar in number theory, a modern physics class, and a comparative vertebrate anatomy class. I survived (4.0 avg), barely (didn't sleep the last week before finals), but then dropped out midway through the next semester. I was burnt. I had somehow ended up a high school and college drop out, both before I turned 17! I never returned to college, but about 18 years ago, I did a few CLEP exams when I considered returning to college. Life took a few turns for me, many good, some not so good. I've worked on Wall Street as a Sr. VP and a Chief Information Officer of significant firms. I've run a few companies and currently have a management consulting practice. Now I am 40+ years old, and religiously avoid the topic of college because invariably such discussions would turn to where I went to school, and I tired of having to tell the tale and imagine the silent clucking. Furthermore, I'm in a field where degrees are de rigeur, so around 95% of my employees have at least one degree and well over 50% have at least a Master's, typically, a MBA. I think most of my folks assume that I have a degree of some sort, just because I don't speak about it at all. I now want to fix all this and get an MBA. The surest path there may be to finish my Bachelor's. Between my first and only semester in college and the AP & CLEP tests I took in my 3 semesters of high school, I have a total of about 46 semester-hours to my name, so I won't be starting completely from scratch. So right now, I am researching my best way forward. I certainly appreciate all of the information and comment I am reading on this forum and the people who are so willing to share their own experiences. My daughter is now attending one of major military college on Uncle Sam's nickel, and I want to make sure she makes it through all the way to the sheepskin, and doesn't drop out like her old man! By the way, for those who wondered, the nom de guerre I've adopted here, "fingerfehler", comes from the game of chess, and refers to making a chess move that now can't be taken back due to a "slip of the finger". It seems particularly appropriate for me! -Fingerfehler p.s. Question: Why are my posts on this forum constantly being moderated? And why are the moderation queues so long? So far, 3 of my messages have been sent to moderators for approval, and only one approved. One of them has been in a moderation queue for at least 72 hours and has never emerged at all.