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    So, I'm aware that I'm still considered young-ish at 32, but... I felt really old at times when I went back to university. Being 30 when the average student was 19 led to me saying, "I'm showing my age here, but..." a lot. And I felt especially old when I met not one, but two professors who were younger than me. *sigh*

    And I'd never even considered the floppy-disk save icon thing before. The first PC my family owned used the old style of floppy disks - the ones that actually flopped about, rather than the smaller hard floppies.
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    There's a "country store" near me that has an attached, separate candy store, and they carry all of those and more. I only go in on a very full stomach.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff Face View Post
    So, I'm aware that I'm still considered young-ish at 32, but... I felt really old at times when I went back to university. Being 30 when the average student was 19 led to me saying, "I'm showing my age here, but..." a lot. And I felt especially old when I met not one, but two professors who were younger than me. *sigh*
    Professors younger than 32? Where is this university? That's pretty rare in my neck of the woods (though I'm old enough now that "young" faculty in their late 30s and early 40s look like kids anyway). I feel completely inadequate, as I didn't even finish my dissertation until I was 34. We do have a new adjunct in the department who is in his thirties though, and he's so bright-eyed, fresh and eager it makes me feel like a tired old husk.

    Every one of the doctors I had when I first started as a patient at Kaiser in the early 2000s has retired now (save one, who is my age almost exactly, and I wonder how much longer she'll be around, since doctors seem to retire early), and they've been replaced by newly minted docs who are all quite a bit younger than me.

    So that feeling you describe only gets more frequent as you age into your 40s and 50s (and beyond, I'm guessing)

    I felt really old (and also like the world's least meticulous housekeeper) when I was cleaning the living room the other day and sorted through our collection of movies and so on. There were some VHS tapes in the mix, which had obviously been there for a reeeealy long time. Many of my students have no coherent memory of ever even using a VCR.

    I also considered that actually owning a DVD or Blu ray of a movie and playing them on a player at all is likely something younger people don't do anymore.
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    Oh yeah! when penny candy actually cost a penny.

    It doesn't seem all that long ago when I typed in an old Royal manual, everybody washed their dishes by hand, and if you want to cool off in the summertime you went to the library or to a movie. On the whole, I do prefer "now" over "then."

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    Roxx, it was a university in South Australia. One in particular had gone straight from high school into uni, doing his BA, Honours, then PhD, and wound up snagging a job as a professor the next year. So he was, like, 26 maybe?
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    Yeah, if you took some advanced placement classes in high school, graduated at 17, then took a fairly heavy course load some of your college semesters, you can graduate from the undergrad program in three or three and a half years, so you're 20, then leap right into the graduate program, finish it in four and a half years if your advisors are quick and you work hard, and get hired quickly, at 25 or 26, depending on when your birthday is.

    Of course for most grad students, there are factors slowing everything down. The Kid (our older daughter) had an advisor who would take weeks or months to get back to her when asked questions on the dissertation. We figure it added at least one semester. Luckily she had a free ride or we'd have balked.
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    The other day, I got my first "you're buying alcohol, so I have to check your ID per company policy, but you're obviously waaay past 21, so I'm going to try to make it less awkward by joking about you being a whippersnapper or a young lady or some such jargon." (I don't remember his exact words, but I've witnessed variations on this interaction my entire life when out with older relatives). It's the first time I've gotten the "you're so old, Imma joke about you being young," treatment.

    It was weird.
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    Okay, I may be feeling a wee bit old today. The Joshua Tree is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. WTF how can that album be 30 years old?!!!!!!!!!!!!???!?!?!?!?!?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jjdebenedictis View Post
    The third time I felt old was when someone mentioned how they'd had to spend several minutes explaining to their four-year-old why the "Save" icon in Word was shaped like that. (It's gone entirely now, but it used to be shaped like a diskette, and, well...)
    Not sure if it's apocryphal, but I remember reading a story of a kid coming across an old floppy disk somehow and going "Hey, cool, someone 3D printed the save icon!"

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    You know you're old when talking to younger people and they don't get your references.
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    I started feeling old when my brother, who is 11 years younger than me, remarked that it was cool I listened to "Oldies" when I played a CD from the Eurythmics.

    It was about 1995...

    I've only felt older and older every day since.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roxxsmom View Post
    Professors younger than 32? Where is this university? That's pretty rare in my neck of the woods (though I'm old enough now that "young" faculty in their late 30s and early 40s look like kids anyway). I feel completely inadequate, as I didn't even finish my dissertation until I was 34. We do have a new adjunct in the department who is in his thirties though, and he's so bright-eyed, fresh and eager it makes me feel like a tired old husk.
    I'm 46, and I'm planning to return to graduate school in the fall.

    Everyone in the informational meeting was obnoxiously younger than me - even the ones who started their questions with "My transcripts are going to be very old..." when it turned out their transcripts were still ten years newer than mine.
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    I applaud older students returning to school at any level. I went back in my late 20s and the experience was so different than the first go-round. I had my shit together, so to speak, had mastered time management, actually did the assigned work daily, never felt the temptation to blow off a project so I could go have fun. For the first time, I was unafraid to raise my hand to ask a question. Adulting--I had it down! I can only assume a student in her mid-40s would be even more focused. You go!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maryn View Post
    I went back in my late 20s and the experience was so different than the first go-round. I had my shit together, so to speak, had mastered time management, actually did the assigned work daily, never felt the temptation to blow off a project so I could go have fun. For the first time, I was unafraid to raise my hand to ask a question.
    This was my exact experience, too. Back in late 20s, a lot more diligent/responsible, one of the few students who had no problem talking in tutorials and stuff. The younger students didn't quite understand that, though. I got numerous remarks about being "brave" for talking in class... Actually, talking is the entire point of tutorials.
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    I would love to go back and finish my PhD, but since it'd not be job related, can't swing it and don't want student loans all over again, that's a tough go. On top of that, when would I have the time? I work a job that consumes about 60 hours a week as it is, and get a few hours at the beginning and/or end of the day to surf and write bits and pieces.

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    It is possible to learn stuff without formal education, y'know...
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    Yes indeed, and I try to learn new things every day. I've got some reading and writing challenges that are definitely educational, but for me it's mostly about the sense of accomplishment at finishing the damn degree! LOL

    Plus, it runs in the family, so kinda feel like a black sheep sometimes! :shrug:
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    I have a long list... when you start liking things you hated when you were a kid (biscuits, cornbread, stew... and just as an aside, if I EVER start loving liver and onions, I know it's time to leave this world!)... when you give up fighting the gray (it WILL WIN. Accept it.)... when you realize you actually don't have to wear makeup anymore because it makes you look older... when you start making a list of all the things you'll never do again (like paint a ceiling, build a screen room, get up on a roof, get down on the floor voluntarily)...
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    Quote Originally Posted by JimmyB27 View Post
    It is possible to learn stuff without formal education, y'know...
    shut the front door! here i was thinkin' i knew nothing because i fled a disastrous life to take to the streets at the tender age of 16 and forego high school as one was not allowed to attend school without a fixed address. does you mean to say i still learnteded sumeting?
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    I know I'm old when I try to frigging scroll through the goddamned year dropdown boxes on websites that ask for your date of birth and the White House administration changes before I get to my year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    This one makes me old. Grandchild #7 and grandchild #8 will be here within the month! Now THAT'S old!
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    Here's a few things that let me know I'm old -
    1. I don't remember how old I am. I'm 38 but I thought I was 38 last year for some reason. Now when people ask my age, I say, "I'm 38...again."
    2. I don't want kids playing on my front lawn. All I can think of is insurance and liability if one of them gets hurt.
    3. I say things like, "Back in my day-" and have to add explanations in my personal stories from teenhood like, "This was before everyone had a cellphone-"

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    Quote Originally Posted by KTC View Post
    shut the front door! here i was thinkin' i knew nothing because i fled a disastrous life to take to the streets at the tender age of 16 and forego high school as one was not allowed to attend school without a fixed address. does you mean to say i still learnteded sumeting?
    Well....there's always the exception...



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    I buy something that costs 5.76 so hand the clerk a ten, a quarter and a penny, because I want a five dollar bill back as change. If the clerk is even thirtyish he/she will have a meltdown, holding up the whole line to stare at the penny and quarter, slack jawed and then finally, call in the supervisor to sort out this whole confounding kink I have thrown into a business day. My dad had a small business and my sibs and I were taught to count back change before we could read.

    And then I have the meltdown, further holding up the line by telling the kid that we don't need computers to do everything and end by teaching a lesson on 1950s consumer math-- AND THAT is how I know I am old. --s6
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