View Full Version : How educated are DVC Members?

09-14-2003, 10:07 AM
I'm going back for my MBA and thought that this may be an interesting poll. I was a latecomer to higher education. Started back for my Bachelor's in 1990 when I was 25 and it took 10 years going part time, working full time, raising a family, etc. to get it. After 3 years "off" going back and hopefully it will take me about 2 years. I'm the family poster child for all the nieces and nephews to go right after high school if possible and stick with it!


09-14-2003, 10:20 AM
Congratulations on your dedication and hard work. I did my undergraduate and graduate degrees while working and it is a challenge. Good luck.

09-14-2003, 11:28 AM
Both DH and I hold Master's degrees. We got them while working full time and starting a family. It was hard, we were young but it paid off in the long run.


09-14-2003, 02:54 PM
I graduated from college in three years at the age of 20 - I was in a hurry to make some money, and it meant one less year of student loans.

I never thought I would go back to school, but I went back full time for an MBA (Stanford) at the age of 28. What a great decision.

09-14-2003, 07:43 PM
OKay,, its really DH who has his masters....that's how I voted. Masters in Construction from Ohio State....he is currently also working on his MBA.

I have a Bachelors.

09-14-2003, 08:22 PM
I am currently working on my master's degree while staying home with DS who is 2. It's not easy but being in DVC and participating in this board really de-stresses me when I need it!

09-14-2003, 09:10 PM
Thanks for all the responses and votes!

I think I read or heard somewhere that only 1% of the world's population has college degrees.
We are blessed to have wide access and opportunities to advanced education. If you have the desire, you can do it. It's never too late to go back to school.

Glad we have the DIS and DVC to help get us through the struggles


Kick it up a notch!
09-14-2003, 09:17 PM
You left out school of hard knocks!!!

09-14-2003, 09:20 PM
I voted for master's. as that is what DW has (MLS to be exact), I only have a Bachelor's.


09-14-2003, 10:58 PM
Thank you so much for this thread! I have a master's degree, while DH has been working since high school. He has a few credits under his belt from several years ago, and has decided to go back to school full time in January to finish his degree in engineering. It's going to be hard and take several years, during which we also expect to start a family, but we expect that it will pay off in the long run. Your experiences have helped me understand that this is the case and that it can be done. Thanks!

09-15-2003, 06:38 AM
Kick it up a notch.

Yeah, I had thought about that when creating the poll, but decided to go with the paper trail, since it's a bit cleaner whn you have that degree in hand.

Speaking of hard knocks or experience. This is a pretty popular saying, but for those who may not have heard it.

"Experience gives the test first, then the answers afterwards"

Glad you enjoy the thread and tell your DH to keep the goal in mind during his pursuit (trips to WDW will also help!)

Guitarist for Life

09-15-2003, 08:08 AM
Just last week, I heard the statistic that 25% of Americans have graduated from college.

09-15-2003, 08:28 AM
DH has a Masters plus, and I have Bachelors plus. I am not surprised that so many DVC members are college educated.

09-15-2003, 08:49 AM
Both DW and I have our Bachelors degree. I am currently working on my Masters. It is slow going; working full time & raising a little one. Our annual trip to Disney World is my stress reliever. :D

Doc and Family
09-15-2003, 11:08 AM
Congrats to everyone who pursues knowledge and education.
I left an engineering job at 31 (1993) to pursue a career in medicine.
Would have been impossible if not for my wonderful DW.
Luckily, I got accepted to med school. Its not easy having a family and pursuing an education.
gtrist, I too am the family poster child. Go to college while you are single and young.
Even though I finished school, I realized that life is a constant learning process, so I just keep on studying.
Good Luck and Godspeed to all who are still pursuing-hang in there, I know you can do it!

09-15-2003, 02:16 PM
I got my Master's about 15 years ago, and just went back to school this fall. 12 hours of class per week plus working more than fulltime. Hard to juggle, but it's a good healthy challenge for me.

Good luck to all pursuing any level of education! :D

09-15-2003, 03:49 PM
My Dh spent 20 years in the Navy and has great work experience, but no degree. I quit college to marry him. While we may not be college educated, we are fairly intelligent.

Lisa F
09-15-2003, 08:19 PM
Originally posted by mrsdon
My Dh spent 20 years in the Navy and has great work experience, but no degree. I quit college to marry him. While we may not be college educated, we are fairly intelligent.

No one said education was the same as being intelligent. After all, isn't it obvious that anyone intelligent enough to buy into dvc is pretty darn smart? :)


Doc and Family
09-15-2003, 09:21 PM
Some of the most educated people I know don't have enough intelligence to come in out of the rain!
Just owning the DVC puts one in the top 1% intelligence wise, IMHO!:teeth:

09-15-2003, 09:56 PM
I have a Masters and Rank I(which is only recognized in a few states) which is 30 hours beyond a Masters degree. DH has a Masters and is working on his Rank I as well. I got my Masters while working full time, and finished up my Rank with a baby at home. It is hard! I feel for you!!! But think of all that extra cash you'll be making which will help you pay for more Disney trips!


Lisa F
09-16-2003, 11:49 AM
Oh, and I am about 3 months away from my master of architecture, so I voted "Master's" because I'm closer to that than a bachelor (4.5 years into the damn program)


09-16-2003, 12:09 PM
I have a Bachelors, and my DH recd his Masters last year. Like Doc and Family he left his job (Farming) and went back to school to pursue a career in medicine. It was a long 5 years, but once he was out we were able to justify DVC and have never looked back.

It is amazing all of the people we talk to that are re thinking their careers in their 30's, 40's and 50's.

This Sept our DD started her college education...and loving it.


09-16-2003, 01:06 PM
Ph.D. for me in chemistry; dh has his masters in biology. Personally, I think he should get an MBA but he says no thanks -- done with the books! We got our degrees while just barely married and no kids, 10-12 yrs ago, and our only "job" per se was graduate school. When you're young, in love, and no real outside obligations, grad school can be a great place to be, actually! Plus, for many science degrees, you can usually get your education paid for by teaching assignments, research, etc. so you don't even need external jobs.

So all in all, we came out of the grad school experience quite nicely, compared to others' experience! I can't fathom how folks in unfunded areas, and/or those balancing kids and careers AND education, do it! More power to you! :)

09-16-2003, 02:32 PM
I voted for myself "High School". Never liked school never will. I know the value of higher education, as I see my DH and friends. Plus I've had to work even harder to get promoted in my job, did move up to corporate ladder, but never was paid the same amount as someone with a degree. I wish my parents would have stressed college as something important, but I've changed that for my DD. College isn't an option!:p My DH has a Bachlor's, he's very smart and I keep telling him he needs to get his Master's, but he's not interested right now.

09-16-2003, 02:46 PM
I'm probably in the minority since I have 2 master's degrees (German Lit. and Library Science (MLS)). DH says that I only got the second to validate the first - academic librarianship actually requires 2 masters :).

09-16-2003, 02:53 PM
Interesting that I've seen a couple of librarianship degrees (MLS: Master's in Library Science). That's what I have too!
I guess I'm not surprised; after all, librarians do the best research and that's what led us to make the good choice of DVC!

09-16-2003, 08:53 PM
Two high schoolers here, I have some college but it wasn't for me. We both went to trade (vo-tech high school) school and have a successful Electrical business. I have 14 employees and we do quite well for ourselves. Basic common sense and a strong business background (both our parents were in the trades also), so we both picked up alot. I wouldn't discourage my kids to not go to college, but if they wanted a more hands on learning experience, I wouldn't discourage that either. And as someone else said, I too have some very good friends with all the degrees on the wall, but they too wouldn't know to come in out of the rain!!!

09-16-2003, 09:04 PM
Just wanted to contribute to the poll - I have my MBA. Like some of the other's I was a "graduate assistant" in the Dean's office and that paid for the MBA and a monthly stipend. It was a very sweet deal and was worth it! I graduated with a double BS at 21 and my MBA at 22. I haven't regreted it! :Pinkbounc

09-16-2003, 09:43 PM
I am one of those people who doesn't know enough to get in out of the rain--I have my doctorate in education, which I finished at 48 years of age. That was so tough--there were 3 of us incollege that last year, fortuneately DH does know to come in out of the rain, and kept everyone on track. We spent $45,000 on education that year! I continued working toward my doctorate while having babies and teaching, so someone had to be in charge! I didn't plan on finishing the doctorate, but it was important to my family that I finish, and DVC helped so much. When I was overwhelmed and stressed out about trying to do it all, DH would arrange a trip to Florida for me to veg out for a few days. He's such a wonderful man! I'd be a mess without him!

Mouse Ears
09-17-2003, 01:53 AM
I went back after a few years of real-world work and picked up my MBA full-time. It was time and money well-spent. My wife has a Masters in Teaching and is now a stay-at-home mom and homeschooler after a couple of years of teaching. Our education has greatly enriched our lives, no doubt...

09-18-2003, 10:23 AM
DH is the one with the Doctorate (he is an orthopedic surgeon) and I have a Masters in Accounting. We originally purchased when he was in residency and have added-on twice. We love DVC and Disney.:bounce: :bounce:
LeiLani Naylor

09-19-2003, 10:46 PM
Hey all!

I've been on business travel for a few days. Great to see all the responses. After reading them I couldn't help but think that all of us no matter what level of education we have are hard workers.

I bet Walt himself looks down with pride on what his legacy is, the wonders of all in Orlando, Calif, Paris, and Tokyo. And especially with DVC as a great program to be shared and enjoyed by good, smart, working people from all parts of this country and others.


09-19-2003, 11:42 PM
Only HS diplomas here.

Dh recently retired after 23 years as a petty officer in the USCG, and has attended many military schools and certificate programs.

I have been a SAHM for over 20 years, and became a little bored last year. I have always wanted to be a chef, so I followed my heart and enrolled at Great Lakes Culinary Institute. I have just completed my third week , and am exhilarated and overwhelmed.
I will have an associates in Culinary Arts in two years...after that, who knows?


09-28-2003, 12:07 AM
Jack of all trades - Master of two