I was diagnosed about about three years ago when I was 37. First with depression with psychosis, then with schizo-affective disorder, then finally with chronic paranoid schizophrenia. Right after my diagnosis, and after I got on to welfare, I started going back to school. I had had a terrible time in high school with depression and bullying and a terrible home life, and I dropped out in tenth grade. I got my GED when I was 25. Being diagnosed, and seeing that my life was going nowhere, I felt compelled to do something about it. Especially being on welfare, made me want to get off welfare ASAP. I went to community college when I was 37, and I recently graduated with a 3.79 GPA. I am now planning on going to West Chester University in the spring and majoring in psychology. I have also applied to Bryn Mawr College, but because of my age, they won’t let me apply for the spring semester, so I am applying for the fall. I honestly don’t know what my chances are of getting in which is one reason why I’m just going ahead with West Chester now. I applied for the University of Pennsylvania, but didn’t get in. I applied and got in to Drexel University, but they were too expensive for me.
So, how many of you are going to school at a non-traditional age? What’s your story?