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Question: First of all, thanks to everyone on here who takes the time to network in such a great manner!

I'm an executive assistant without a college degree in Atlanta. I was home-educated through graduation in 2003 and excelled in my studies, many of which were on a college level. I’ve read extensively (marketing and economics textbooks, communications, administrative handbooks, and so on) and want to take the GED soon.

After I take the GED, I plan to continue on the path toward an associate's degree, and I really would appreciate and value any advice. I’m not sure where to go, what to study, how to pay for it, how to get in, etc. I’ve read SO much online and in books, but everything is so geared toward high school students.

I’m also interested in information possibly from those who were also home-educated and have made the transition or those who didn’t finish high school but later returned to finish a degree.  -- Wanting to learn in Atlanta

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I was not home schooled but I did wait about 10 years to go to college and learned some very valuable lessons. I do not currently have a college degree although I do have about 2 years of associate degree work and 2 years of bachelors works. Start with your general education courses first and stick with it. If I had done this I would have my degree and be in a higher level position. Once you have those general education course you will have a better idea of the type of degree you may want and if you change your degree major you still have your core courses. Find out all you can about the schools requirements for graduation. If you don't feel like your advisor is giving you correct information see another one. I used to work in higher education and this was always the advice I gave students.

Brenda offered good advice in working on your general education classes and speaking to a counselor. At least you will get started. There are personality tests a school can offer (like the Meyers-Briggs test) that will help you learn your strengths in the working world and what you may be good at. Since you are familiar with the internet, you can learn about schools and their focus such as law, management, business, etc. I went back to a Junior College and learned through the financial counselor of the different avenues a student can find grants, scholarships, loans. The counselor will help you set up your class schedule. Online courses are also available, and can be beneficial if you already know what you want to study and have a busy schedule. Hope you enjoy your new venture - best of luck to you.

If you have a junior college or community college in your area, make an appointment with a counselor. They have plenty of experience helping students who did not go to college directly from high school or its equivalent, and they will have info on entrance requirements, tuition, financial aid, personality and interest tests. Also, they can guide you into the right series of courses to allow you to transfer to a 4-year college for your bachelor's degree without losing any college credits. And after you've worked with a counselor, you can take the courses on-line if you are too busy to attend classes in person. Good luck!

Community College is a good idea because you can take courses a few at a time and it's more affordable. I remember having to get all the pre requisites.

Dear Wanting to Learn in Atlanta.

I think you are on your way to your dreams. Please keep it up - one step at a time. You might write down your goals and the steps you plan to take for each one to keep you on track and not think of it as so much all at once. I went back to get my A.A.S. at 53 years old! It has made a world of difference for me. I can tell you are hungry to learn, and you will be successful. God Bless. Bonnie

I have been attending college three quarter time for the past 3 years, while working a full time job. I will receive my A.A.S. in Computer Programs and Office Systems. I have also earned certificates as a Medical Office Specialist and an Administrative Office Support. That is the closest to an Administrative Assistant Degree we have in Alaska. I've learned a lot and continue to learn, in fact this semester I'm taking a class in Small Group Communications for fun!

My advise is never stop learning. Set a goal and begin to reach for it. I've been able to go to college and work full time during this process because I've never lost sight of my goal. You can do it!

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