Many people who may want to go back to school experience anxiety about what that may be like for them or their family. We certainly do not want your fears to keep you from achieving a degree and furthering your career. If you are considering going back to school, here are some misconceptions you might be worried about that you can go ahead and throw out the window.
You have to be “young” to go to college
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the number of students over the age of 25 is expected to increase 20 percent from 2012 to 2023. This means that more and more non-traditional students are deciding that no matter what their age, they can continue their education. When it comes to higher education, there is no perfect timeline. Everyone’s life looks different and everyone’s circumstances will affect their education in a different way. The important thing is that you know your age does not prevent you from achieving a degree. At South College, 58 percent of our students are older than 25, so you won’t be the only one if you come back to school to finish your degree.
You need a lot of free time to succeed
Many colleges and universities have special program options for non-traditional students that will support your busy schedule. If you have a full-time job or children that require a lot of your time, it doesn’t mean continuing your education is an impossible task. Online and night classes are just two of the options that many schools offer to make it easier on students with extra commitments.
You have forgotten everything you’ve learned
First of all, you will probably be amazed at how much you remember and how easily you readjust to being in the classroom. In addition, many of the programs you enter will be starting from the beginning. No one expects you to be an expert in the field you are pursuing a degree in. If you need to have prerequisites before applying or being accepted to a certain program, your admissions counselor or academic adviser will let you know what those are. Most colleges will require a recent completion of the prerequisites to make sure your education is up-to-date.
No matter your age or life stage, we are confident that you can succeed at going back to school and we are here to help! Contact us today to learn how to begin your journey!