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Is 42 too old to get into optometry school

Discussion in 'Pre-Optometry' started by NewJersey555, Nov 8, 2018.

  1. NewJersey555

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    I am 38 now and plan on returning to earn my second bachelors degree, which will be in biology. By the time I am done with my prerequisites and take the OATs I will be 41. Is it too late? Do I have a chance? Or should I just forget about it?
     
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  3. Fluffball

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    You could just finish your prereqs and apply sooner than 4 years
     
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  4. NewJersey555

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    Thanks so much for the reply. I am just worried that I will be the only 41 year old in the optometry school.
     
  5. Toofar

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    Nope. I'm a first year student and my mentor was 45 when he started.
     
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  6. Moose A Moose

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    Age is just a number. Do it.
     
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  7. optsuker

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    You have to do the math.
    You'll graduate at 46.
    How many years will you have to work to pay off your student loans?
    Living a frugal life while you pay them down is easier as a single/couple than with kids that will be heading to college themselves.
    If you're able to write a check for the bulk of the tuition, it's an easier choice.

    Does your family have an income source while you're in school?
    Fair to compromise their lifestyle?

    What's your long-term goal? Practice ownership? Employee? Commercial leaseholder? Some of these may be tougher to do if you're starting in your middle-ages.


    Use your head, not your heart.
     
    #6 optsuker, Nov 12, 2018 at 6:19 AM
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