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ewagner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 12:05 PM
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33. First, Congratulations on doing a great job
Second, the situation you are in is one that is all too common.

"Non-traditional" students returning to school are much more highly motivated than "traditional" students, therefore they study harder and take their work more seriously. There is a lot of resentment toward these students from the traditional types.

When I was in school in the late 60's) we had a particular prejudice against what became known as "menopause mini's". Those were women who were returning to school after raising a family and took courses for self-enrichment. Often it was the only course they would take in a semester and equally often they would take the course with friends and form their own study groups...hence they could spend more tome concentrating on a single subject while others would have to spread their attentions to 4 or 5 separate courses. Of course, they would ruin the class curve and there was mush resentment. Obviously we (and I include myself in that group) were wrong about those students and the resentment was totally unjustified. But the point remains that the resentment against non-traditional students, no matter how unjustified, still exists.
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