Hey guys! I'm thinking of getting a second bachelor's degree...but not at the school I got my first one from.
I'm former military. While I served, I picked up an associate's degree in Public Affairs (Government's version of Public Relations), plus a few extra classes towards a bachelor's degree.
Now that I've left the military, I am receiving the post 9/11 GI Bill to go back to school. For those unfamiliar, it pays 100% of my tuition (up to the maximum tuition of my state's most expensive public school) PLUS a significant "living stipend" that goes straight into my pocket. Plus it pays for books and tutors and such. I have three years worth of benefits.
My dad works at Penn State Beaver, and so I enrolled there. Thanks to the classes I've already taken, plus work experience etc, I was accepted as a sixth semester student, and am on track to graduate in December of 2011 with a bachelor's degree in Communications, with a Corporate Communications focus.
This will leave me with almost exactly 1.5 years worth of benefits remaining. I like school all by itself, but the fact that I'm literally being PAID to go to school (as opposed to the opposite) makes me want to keep going.
Penn State Beaver only offers one master's degree, in education. I'm not particularly interested. Penn State main campus offers far more degrees of course, but this would require packing up and moving from Pittsburgh to central PA (several hours) and I would rather not.
This leaves me considering Pitt, which is another fine, public school in the area. I had originally intended to go there for my Master's in Political Science, thinking that I could then do PR for politicians or government groups or whatever. However, the fact that my bachelor's degree is not in poli sci makes me think this will take significantly longer than 1.5 years to accomplish, and I'd rather sink as little of my own money into this as possible.
So...now I'm thinking of getting a second bachelor's degree (Poli sci) at Pitt once I've graduated from Penn State. Has anyone ever done this? I haven't taken many poli sci classes at Penn State, but I will have all of the core classes out of the way, and since I was already considered a sixth semester at Penn, I assume that it shouldn't take me more than a year and a half to get a second bachelor's at Pitt.
What say you?
tl;dr: Graduating from Penn State Beaver, Communications, December 2011. Thinking of getting a second bachelor's, Political Science, from Pitt. Things I should be aware of?
EDIT: I'm hard working, dedicated to my education, and...thanks to the stipend, plus my live-in girlfriend's support, going to school full-time for three years is not a significant financial issue.