Just wondering how many others might be taking college classes in their post-youth days? Like myself, I'll be 38 this year, married, two kids, full-time career and trying to fit in time to knockout online college courses. I should be reading chapters or posting in class discussions right now, but here I am procrastinating as usual. Which really is the route cause for all of this, if I hadn't spent my whole adult life procrastinating, I could have multiple PhD's by now, rather than just starting a Bachelors. Why are you taking college classes at your age? For me, its first to make sure I keep my job. I'm extremely mechanically inclined, which is how I became an engineer without an engineering degree. But in todays world, that stupid little piece of paper seems to trump experience. So I need to finish a degree, in order to meet the norm for the position I currently hold. Second reason for going to school at my age is that I aspire to be more. I'd rather be the guy in charge of all engineers than to be the engineer. Not looking to be CEO or anything one day, just a Director position is fine with me. While Director is only two steps above my current position, its a long ways to go. Granted for me, all this career stuff is a backup plan. My wife owns a small business and her father owns about 4 more various businesses, and one day he should retire and hand it all over to my wife. If that happens, she will need my help and I will walk away from my current job. But, that's not set in stone and nothing is promised or guaranteed, so you always got to have a backup plan.