58 percent of our students at South College took time off before they came back to earn their college degree. Once you decide to come back to school, there are four reasons why being older and wiser can be used to your advantage while earning your degree.
Real world knowledge and experience
If you spent a few years waiting tables in a restaurant, and now that you’re back in school earing a business degree, your accounting classes might make a little more sense. That real world experience shows you that what you’re learning in school does apply to the real world. Whether it is two years or 10 years, you now have valuable experience that you wouldn’t have had if you entered college straight out of high school.
You know what you want
There’s a lot of pressure to decide what you want to do for the rest of your life when you are just 18 years old. After a few years of working in the real world, you might have discovered your passion in life and know exactly what you want to do. If not, you probably at least have an idea of what you don’t want to do, which will make deciding what you want to do a little easier.
More financially stable
Maybe you’ve saved up, gotten married or have a job. Either way, you are probably more financially stable now than when you were in your late teens – which is when students traditionally enter college. Also, this can make paying back loans and qualifying for loans easier since you have an established credit record.
School is hard, and it’s easy to get burned out. Even if you waited just a year between high school and college, it’s probably been a much-needed mental break from the rigors of academia. After 13 solid years of school, it’s nice to have some time to yourself before you tackle another 2-4 (or more) years of higher education.
At South College, many of our students are between the ages of 25 and 40 years old and enjoyed the benefits of waiting a few years before getting their degree. If you have questions about going back to school, contact us today!