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Part time study

I found in the philosophy class I am taking this term, most people I talked to are part time students. Some of them are obviously over age, they are seniors. Some of them I talked to are still working toward their undergard degree, but they are already working full time. I didn’t ask the reason, but I suppose they have no choice but to support themselves. Otherwise, it would be better to finish school first then join the work force. Today I met an acturaist, who is married, and thinking of a career change. She just quit her job to go back to school. I learnt that there are only 3000 or so fellow acturaist, completed all the exams, in Canada. This field sounds really though. I wonder where my friends studied actural science in Waterloo doing nowadays. Looks like most of them won’t make it to the top. Political philosophy is a very intereting topic, because we can all relate to it. The class is in the evening at the downtown campus, time and location are quite convenient for people with full time job, except me who work much closer to the Burnaby campus. That explain why there are so many part-time student in my class. In class, you can tell the difference between part-time and full-time students. Part-time students are more keen on asking questions and not shy talking back to the professor. On the other hand, mostly the full time students just sit there quietly and some of them skip classes occasionally. That’s the difference between study for fun and study for grade. No one force part-time students to study, they are motiviated by their interest and want to get most out of the class. Many full-time students don’t even know what they want to study, or study for the sake of grades or money. They see learning as a mean to an end rather than the end itself. That explain the different altitude between full and part time students.

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