You are entitled to be a student in higher education.
As an adult learner, you have responsibilities and special needs and concerns which are different from traditionally-aged students going to college immediately following high school. Probably, your student role is secondary to your career and/or family roles. You likely have outside activities and responsibilities which conflict with your studies. You may need to make some adjustments to achieve a balance in your life as you adapt or, in some cases, adapt again, to the academic environment.
Believe it or not, you are not alone.
You Have The Ability To Succeed.
Acknowledgements: David Acres & Sandra Graham
College of St. John, Plymouth
10. You are the only person sitting in the first row
9. You attend class after work.
8. You work your school schedule around work and family and not the other way around
7. Your professors look younger than your children and definitely younger than you
6. Your most expensive payment is not your car
5. You think of weekends as a time to do errands, housework, yard work and parenting........not hanging out
4. You drink coffee in the afternoon
3. Your favorite shoes are older than most of your classmates
2. You're the first one to arrive in class and the last one to leave
1. You remember seeing Star Wars the first time around
Acknowledgement: Returning To Learning,
The Office of Adult & Transfer Services
As you explore colleges and universities, remember to ask about services and programs specifically geared for the Non-Traditional returning student.
These May Include:
Remember, you are not alone; there are other adult students taking college courses. Here are some strategies and tips to consider: