As an adult returning to college you may be afraid, intimidated, or you just may not know what to expect. But it’s important for you to know you’re not the only one. There are many adults returning to college with the same fears and concerns you have. That’s why we’ve created a list of possible concerns you may be having, so you can stop having them and be confident and ready for this journey.
Concern 1: “I’m too old to become a student, what’s the point”
Adult students are more common than you think. Some colleges and universities even enroll more s than traditional ones. Adults are quickly realizing how important education is and how earning a college degree may open up many doors. If you plan on working for many more years and you want to increase your skills, than you’re not too old to earn your college degree. Adults are retiring later in life than ever before; if you think you’re too old for school, think again! 50 is the new 25 – so act accordingly!
Concern 2: “I don’t remember how to be a student.”
Sure, it may have been awhile since you’ve sat in a desk with the smell of chalk in the air. But that doesn’t mean you forgot how to be a student. In fact, adult students have an advantage being that they have real life experience. You may study differently than you did 20 years ago, but “different” could sometimes mean “better”. Believe it or not, you know more than you did as a young adult. You’ve been in contact with more people and you’ve been in more situations. Being a student is like riding a bike; once you learn it, you’ll never forget it.
Concern 3: “I don’t have time to earn my college degree”
Yes, earning a college degree is a time commitment but there are so many ways to incorporate studying and learning in your everyday life. Many schools for adults offer online degrees that be completed while you keep your career and whatever else your busy life may consist of. You may be one of the many adults that need a college degree in order to advance in your career. Many law enforcement professionals are in this position and end up enrolling in an online criminal justice degree program that could easily be completed from home. They get to keep their career and earn a degree.
Concern 4: “I can’t afford to earn my college degree”
Although earning a college degree can be costly, it’s a great investment! There are many adult students who have this same concern. Some are saving up for their children to attend college in the future and others just don’t have the extra cash. Based on a financial need basis, many adult students receive financial aid. You can apply for financial aid by going on the website and filling out your information. This information could take a while to fill out so it’s best to start early. Another way to save money is to rent your books or buy used books. It’s not just the tuition that costs people, but it’s also the room and board, books, and more. Figure out how much your education is going to cost you and figure out simple ways to reduce the cost. Whether that means carpooling or cutting back on that yearly vacation earning your college degree is certainly worth the cost.
Becoming a nontraditional student will be a transition and earning your college degree may be a challenge, but it will be rewarding in more ways than one. Write down the concerns you’re having and figure out ways to fix them. Once you see your fears written down you’ll realize that every obstacle you come up with has a solution.