• March 30, 2019, 4:27 p.m.

    Hello,

    I am new here, and this is my first time posting. I am a big fan of the series.

    I currently hold a Bachelor's of Art in Communication and have a significant amount of student loan debt.

    I would like to learn what opportunities I have to return to school and get an advanced degree in a scientific discipline. I would love to become a researcher or scientist. I'd appreciate any and advice regarding how to get back into school, where to start, and how to secure the finances I would need.

    I would like to keep this thread open to anyone looking for advice related to the matter.

    Thank you.

  • March 30, 2019, 5:28 p.m.

    Much of that would depend on where you live and what opportunities are open to you. In the US, as far as I know, once you have a degree you become ineligible for FAFSA grants, though you are still able to get student loans. I don't have enough knowledge of such programs and avenues to help in that regard. My only advice is that if you truly desire this, don't let anything stop you. Talk to everyone who has more knowledge than you, ask questions, and find a way. Never give up your dreams.

    As for finances I would suggest looking at the school(s) you would be most likely to attend, and talk to their financial adviser, get resources and information on grants your eligible for, grants you can earn via work/community, and loans. Once you start schooling again, interest on student loans stops, you just have to submit the information to FAFSA(again in the US)

  • April 1, 2019, 9:48 p.m.

    I went into and out of science more than once. And am now looking at going back. My student debt is huge :D. So Basically the only real way to be a full "scientist" is do a degree then masters and eventually a PhD.

    However if you have some good programming skills you could work for a group as a programmer for example and learn the feild as you go. However it would be hard to be a "full scientist".