Being a Middle-Aged College Student

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Sometimes, it happens that the implementation of our plans and desires is hampered by prejudices that are proliferating in society. Baseless fears deprive us of doing what we sincerely want in life. Surely, this happened to everyone, especially to those who have non-traditional for their age, sex or social status priorities. People who for some reason did not graduate in their twenties have two ways to go: forget about having a degree or become a student years later. Opting for the second way, middle-age students involuntarily attract attention and feel embarrassed by it. Although an adequate part of the society respects people of mature age who decided to pursue higher education. Is the attitude of others important?

The highly anticipated graduation
And yet a considerable part of people aged 30-35 years are getting the first higher education. What motivates them? Most often, it is only a professional necessity. A person cannot occupy a particular position (most likely a head-position) without a diploma of higher education. Someone is made to get a diploma by the authorities, someone is preparing to move on the career ladder. As a rule, such students have already had a diploma of secondary education.
A decent amount of adult college students is coming to universities with an aim to change their qualification. Meaning, they already have a diploma, but it does not correspond to what they would like to do for living. This category is not ashamed of the “older student” social status and quite competently refers to their studies. Most frequently, such people have families and career, which allows them to afford university or college studies. Learning process does not cause any special difficulties for such students. They need a second diploma as a means of achieving the status goal, as one of the important professional advantages and self-realization.

However, the number of proved scholarly certificates does not always represent willingness to learn of career change-related ambitions. Psychologists say that sometimes, additional (unnecessary) years of studying indicate that a person simply does not want to grow up. Going back to college without actually wanting to get new knowledge evidences that a person is immature and afraid of stepping out of his/her comfort zone. Such people tend to delay the moment of finally growing up. This opinion is not devoid of common sense.

Benefits of studying in adulthood

Ironically, the returning back to school in adulthood is accompanied by many advantages, which is noted by most adult students. Here are a couple of reasons to return to university at the middle age:

  • Study everything you want. Adult students have the same academic opportunities as youngsters. You will be able to study at any faculty and on any program, getting the education you have always dreamed of.
  • You can choose an educational institution, adult college courses or program more consciously.
  • You will actually receive the necessary qualifications based on your current working conditions and future plans.
  • Depending on your interests, the new qualification will allow you to be promoted, do something new or achieve personal growth.
  • Older adults returning to college diversify their life, get new impressions and get acquainted with new people, help with assignment of any complexity because you are good at it.
  • Due to various options for international and distance education, you will be able to combine study with work.
  • Being an adult with your own budget, you will be able to accurately calculate your funds and training costs,
  • Finally, you can again feel like a young student, the new head of life is just beginning!
  • Adult students are highly valued by universities. They can be even encouraged to learning by scholarships for adults. They are usually more focused on learning and more diligent than young people. Adult students are willing to pay increased attention to study and take the process more seriously. It is not surprising, because the one who consciously returns to learning in adulthood, is eager to learn.

So, you’re a student …
If you have already become a student, there are several psychological and pedagogical advice that will help you to adopt new changes in a life:

  • Think in advance about your regime: when you will prepare for exams, read educational literature, study in the library. You combine study with home duties, and it’s better if you make an agreement with relatives, persuade them that you need their help. You must have a “proper” time when no one and nothing should distract you.
  • Create your workplace. It can be a separate shelf, which stores your textbooks, notes, CDs, diaries. It will be easier for you to navigate in the future if everything you need for a study will be concentrated in one place.
  • Make friends with classmates. And you will not feel like a “black sheep” and it’s flattering and useful to communicate with a person whose life experience is richer than theirs.
  • Do not be afraid to be active. Speak at seminars, participate in discussions, communicate with teachers. The difference in age with the rest of the students will be leveled, because your behavior does not say, “I feel uncomfortable.” On the contrary, you seem to show “I don’t feel myself here like a fish out of water, this is mine.”
  • And, finally, the main advice – do not take studies as a burden, this is a new interesting side of your life, your growth, and self-development. If you know this, none of the others will think otherwise.

Dot not let any fears or prejudices stop you on your way to new horizons. Pursuing higher education in mature years of life has a lot of great advantages. Do not deprive yourself of them!

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