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2012-06-20 12:07:10 AM
So he's been focusing on book learning and not actually learning anything about living life, let alone actually DOING anything with the stuff he's learned.
 
2012-06-20 12:25:53 AM
He's doing stuff that makes him happy.
 
2012-06-20 12:48:57 AM
29 degrees on his resume' plus one job: parking lot attendant.
 
2012-06-20 12:58:11 AM
Lots of people go to school for seven years.
 
2012-06-20 12:58:31 AM
Uppity.
 
2012-06-20 12:58:46 AM
So a loser just like a career student, all the education but never put to good use, I'm sure his dad cursed him wasting money.
 
2012-06-20 01:01:15 AM
Hero tag eh?
 
2012-06-20 01:01:32 AM
I can understand the love of learning but the lack of application of that knowledge in any meaningful way leaves the rest of us poorer. Why subsidize his hobby?
 
2012-06-20 01:04:18 AM
Awesome cover story while trolling college tail all your adult life.
 
2012-06-20 01:05:57 AM
What's wrong with being passionate about knowledge?
 
2012-06-20 01:06:58 AM

KrispyKritter: Awesome cover story while trolling college tail all your adult life.


www.forgetthebox.net
 
2012-06-20 01:07:04 AM
I think you're immune from college loan harassment if you're still in school.

The man is a bit of a weasel, but I would have no problem leeching off the system if I were in a similar position.
 
2012-06-20 01:08:06 AM

SpaceyCat: So he's been focusing on book learning and not actually learning anything about living life, let alone actually DOING anything with the stuff he's learned.


He's been doing co eds.
 
2012-06-20 01:09:04 AM
Well... Once you start covering a few related degrees they start to get easier as you've already covered a lot of required courses.

Actually, I am impressed that he did that all with a foundation of a "bachelor's in religious education from William Tyndale College". So, wanna bet he hasn't taken a biology course since DNA was discovered.
 
2012-06-20 01:09:45 AM

JasonOfOrillia: I can understand the love of learning but the lack of application of that knowledge in any meaningful way leaves the rest of us poorer. Why subsidize his hobby?


This. I'd rather he have 10-20 degrees and a part-time (or differently scheduled) useful job that lets him experience and interact with what he has learned rather than having so much useless accumulated knowledge that he will likely forget, and only understand largely in theory.

/Whee! run-on
//like a drunk in a motorized wheelchair
 
2012-06-20 01:09:47 AM
Bastard stole my idea.
 
2012-06-20 01:10:39 AM
There's nothing wrong with being passionate about knowledge, but most of this is in education, or related fields. And he thinks after 33 or 34 degrees that covers his basic education. Words just fail me.

Why not take a professorship, do research and teach? Get on the other side where he can actually help people?

Each to their own, but this is bizarre.
 
2012-06-20 01:12:02 AM
subby seems to have misplaced his Asinine tag...
 
2012-06-20 01:12:52 AM
I was impressed until I saw the short list of "degrees." He's not a career student, he'a a serial masochist.
 
2012-06-20 01:15:17 AM

New Farkin User Name: JasonOfOrillia: I can understand the love of learning but the lack of application of that knowledge in any meaningful way leaves the rest of us poorer. Why subsidize his hobby?

This. I'd rather he have 10-20 degrees and a part-time (or differently scheduled) useful job that lets him experience and interact with what he has learned rather than having so much useless accumulated knowledge that he will likely forget, and only understand largely in theory.

/Whee! run-on
//like a drunk in a motorized wheelchair


I'm sure he cares what you'd rather he do.
 
2012-06-20 01:15:23 AM

SCUBA_Archer: Lots of people go to school for seven years.


WIN
 
2012-06-20 01:16:07 AM
A friend of mine recently commented about how proud he was of his girlfriend for earning her second Associates degree.

I refrained from asking if she gets promoted to "Head Fry Chef" is she gets a third.
 
2012-06-20 01:16:19 AM
Fark your auto playing video crap.
 
2012-06-20 01:17:56 AM
Someone ought to explain to him that he is a worthless waste of space if he doesn't use the knowledge. He's escaping reality by staying in his little college world for his whole life.

Actually nevermind...he'd probably pull some criminal law thing to get you sued...
 
2012-06-20 01:20:58 AM

SpaceyCat: So he's been focusing on book learning and not actually learning anything about living life, let alone actually DOING anything with the stuff he's learned.


Or his hobby is going to school instead of trolling Fark like some people I could name.
 
2012-06-20 01:22:47 AM
Do you hear me, Fred?

/Doorways in the Sand
 
2012-06-20 01:23:29 AM

powhound: There's nothing wrong with being passionate about knowledge, but most of this is in education, or related fields. And he thinks after 33 or 34 degrees that covers his basic education. Words just fail me.

Why not take a professorship, do research and teach? Get on the other side where he can actually help people?

Each to their own, but this is bizarre.


Yeah, this. I, too want to be a career student; I'm not suited to anything but academia. But to me that means I get my Ph.D and become a professor. I'll still be in a class setting and have opportunities to learn a ton of cool shiat. But whatever floats your boat, I guess. If he's paying for it on his own, really, who the fark cares?

/currently going for degree #2
//only 29 more to go to beat that guy
 
2012-06-20 01:23:38 AM
"Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do."

Inspirational and whatever floats your boat but it all seems rather pointless in terms of application of knowledge.
He can't even use a computer, ffs.
 
2012-06-20 01:23:50 AM
Not a single one of those degrees worth squat.

Ed.D. from Western vs Bachelor's from Tyndale. That's just about a toss-up.

Does he also have an associates in medical billing from DeVry?
 
2012-06-20 01:23:51 AM
I thought the quote

"He likes going to school and doesn't want responsibility," Carey said. "This is what Mike lives for. He's about 70 and he's not going to stop."

was interesting. Even the Dean of the school doesn't really like him. He's just the creepy old man who won't stop enrolling.
 
2012-06-20 01:27:05 AM
Well. I'm not usually one to get angry about something trivial, but having to find what tab was playing the annoying sounds while I was trying to listen to music just about made me throw my computer out the window.

Thanks ABC, stay classy.
 
2012-06-20 01:33:52 AM
This is the place where I give my csb

I started taking secondary classes in 1992, in highschool, and have taken some sort of college classes every year since. So technically, I have been in college for almost 20 years straight. Not full time most of the time, but still...
 
2012-06-20 01:38:56 AM
Ugh. I'm only in college again because my first bachelor's wasn't helping me secure a career. I'm back, getting a second bachelor's because the degree has nothing in common with my first degree. Plus it's cheaper than grad school. This guy apparently never wants to join the real world, or at least teach at a university. I commend the learning, do not commend the idea of never applying your knowledge.
 
2012-06-20 01:41:00 AM
If I was given a hundred million dollars I would do something like this.
 
2012-06-20 01:41:34 AM
Good for him, if this is what he wants to do with his life.

That is, as long as his educational pursuits are not:
a.) subsidized by taxpayers. I don't think it's fair to pay for what is, essentially, somebody's hobby or entertainment.
or
b.) taking up a seat that could otherwise be filled by a student who would actually apply the knowledge gained in a practical way

If he's paying his own costs and not getting in the way, great.
 
2012-06-20 01:42:08 AM
Oh man, I hope my brother never sees this.
 
2012-06-20 01:42:26 AM
Yeah but how many coeds has he Farked?
 
2012-06-20 01:43:50 AM
Well, everyone needs a hobby and this sounds like a harmless one. But why the hero tag?
 
2012-06-20 01:43:55 AM

LadyBelgara: If he's paying for it on his own, really, who the fark cares?


He's been working menial jobs all his life, and the article says he has stopped working to go to school full time. What makes you think he's paying for it himself?

And then there's this: "I would not take an Internet class. That's far too difficult," Nicholson said.

What a leech. He wants the titles, but not the knowledge.
 
2012-06-20 01:45:34 AM
Does he have a coupon or something?
 
2012-06-20 01:48:10 AM

HotWingAgenda: LadyBelgara: If he's paying for it on his own, really, who the fark cares?

He's been working menial jobs all his life, and the article says he has stopped working to go to school full time. What makes you think he's paying for it himself?

And then there's this: "I would not take an Internet class. That's far too difficult," Nicholson said.

What a leech. He wants the titles, but not the knowledge.


This guy seems like a leech on society of sorts.

Knowledge for its own sake is cool, but this guy is not a hero, he's just proof that higher education has become an end unto itself. And thats not a good thing.
 
2012-06-20 01:54:15 AM
What is the point of accumulating knowledge when you never do anything with it? He's no different from a miser, except instead of money it's knowledge. If he had stopped even after ten degrees, he could have been an amazing educator. Instead he kept it all to himself and accomplished nothing. Way to go.
 
2012-06-20 01:54:43 AM
He must have no kids.
/MIB3 was better that The Avengers
 
2012-06-20 01:54:55 AM

Quark_Quasar: Well. I'm not usually one to get angry about something trivial, but having to find what tab was playing the annoying sounds while I was trying to listen to music just about made me throw my computer out the window.

Thanks ABC, stay classy.


libranoelrose: Fark your auto playing video crap.


I don't even bother with ABCnews links anymore since they won't load for me in Chrome. Not firing up IE just for that.
 
2012-06-20 01:57:00 AM
"I cannot function on a computer"

Quality education you got there.
 
2012-06-20 02:02:04 AM
I know this is fark and all, but hating on the guy that's decided to spend his life learning things whatever they may be? How is what you do any better?

To hate on this makes you a lesser piece of human shiat.
 
2012-06-20 02:05:14 AM

TheDirtyNacho: I know this is fark and all, but hating on the guy that's decided to spend his life learning things whatever they may be? How is what you do any better?

To hate on this makes you a lesser piece of human shiat.


So you like it when a web page auto loads some loud ass pompous bullshiatter yammering at you?
 
2012-06-20 02:11:03 AM

libranoelrose: TheDirtyNacho: I know this is fark and all, but hating on the guy that's decided to spend his life learning things whatever they may be? How is what you do any better?

To hate on this makes you a lesser piece of human shiat.

So you like it when a web page auto loads some loud ass pompous bullshiatter yammering at you?


Im on my iPad so no flash and no auto load video
 
2012-06-20 02:15:46 AM
Very cool.

Once you get the basic coursework done once, the classes required for a degree are not that many more.
 
2012-06-20 02:19:03 AM

equusdc: I was impressed until I saw the short list of "degrees." He's not a career student, he'a a serial masochist.


Really? Most of 'em seem like fairly pleasant time-filler degrees to me. Not really very useful, but not very painful either.
 
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