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Discussion in 'Introductions' started by FlyingHigh, Jan 10, 2010.

  1. FlyingHigh

    FlyingHigh New Member

    I'm an aircraft mechanic in the Air Force. I've been in for 6 years but have really dragged my feet on college. I finally realized how much time and money I had wasted, only taking a class here and there.

    I was originally going to get a computer-related degree but, after a few classes, I've realized that I don't have an interest in working in that field, or taking those classes. So, I started thinking about what I was truly interested in. That ended up being History, International Relations and Political Science.

    After looking around a lot for an online program, I settled on American Military University. Then, I opted for the B.A. in International Relations with a minor in History.

    Once I get out of the military, I'd like to work for the State Department, especially as a Foreign Service Officer in either Germany, Japan or China (I have a large interest in Asian History, etc).

    It took me a while to decide on AMU. I've always been a little iffy on for-profits, but AMU seemed to have a pretty good reputation. I considered UMUC, but an e-mail from their local contact in SC put me off. It may seem petty, but receiving an e-mail full of spelling and grammatical errors from a university advisor gave me a bad impression. One of those "First Impression" things. I'm actually already admitted to UMUC, from a class I took 5 years ago, but I never did anything else with them. If I end up not liking AMU, I may reconsider.

    I noticed that a lot of people here have multiple degrees. It's my goal to have several degrees. I have a genuine love of learning, I just have been doing it on my own and procrastinating taking actual classes. I kick myself when I think about the fact that I would've been done with my bachelor's a while ago and would already be working on my master's degree.

    Right now, I am two classes short of my A.A.S. from CCAF. I am taking the "Intro to World Relgions" DSST on the 25th and then I will take the public speaking DSST in Feb. Hopefully, I will pass both and that will finish that. I would like to eventually get an MFA in Creative Writing, an MBA and I am strongly looking at a Ph.D. in History, one day. Not for work purposes, but just because of my interest in History. There are other degrees I am considering, but we'll see how that goes out (i.e. M.Ed., M.A. History, etc). I may also pursue an A.S. in Professional Aeronautics from ERAU, but I haven't decided on that 100%, yet. That's also just out of genuine interest.

    Anyway, I think that's enough! I'm looking forward to talking to others who seem to have a love of education.
  2. Ian Anderson

    Ian Anderson Active Member

    Since you already have an associates degree why not complete your BS at AMU then take the MAS degree at ERAU?
  3. FlyingHigh

    FlyingHigh New Member

    Well, I'm getting a B.A. at AMU. There's nothing under the "B.S." category that I'm interested in. As for the M.A.S. At this time, I have no interest in the M.A.S., which is why I'm not getting it.

    At the moment, I'm working on getting myself into a good position for when I get out of the military. The B.A. I'm getting, in addition to the M.B.A., I think, will do this. If I were ever to get ERAU's M.A.S., it would be because the classes interest me. The M.A.S., as a whole, doesn't interest me. There are a few classes at ERAU that interest me, and I'll be able to take those with the A.S. degree.

    I'm also trying to use as much TA as I can. TA won't pay for two masters (i.e. MBA and MAS), but I can get an A.S., a B.A. and an M.B.A., so that covers all my bases. Once the MBA is done, any degree I go for after that will use GI Bill and my own money. Right now, I'm more interested in getting myself ready for post-separation work.

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