As an adult, going back to college can be nerve-wracking, as you’re likely to face a different set of challenges compared to college attendees who have recently graduated high school. It’s never too late to learn something new or finish your college education. Here are some tips that will help you to prepare for going back to college.
Most adult learners don’t decide to go back to college just for the sake of it. You shouldn’t be the exception to this. Even if your reason for wanting to go back is personal enrichment, your goal should be a clear one. It should be meaningful enough to help you get through any challenges. Perhaps you want to learn to get the right qualifications for starting a business, or a career change, like working for Veracity Capital.
Be specific about your schedule. Talk to the student advisors about what your schedule will be like, and make sure you know how much time you will need to dedicate to class and studying. As an adult learner, you will probably have other things going on in your life that make demands on your time. Start adapting your schedule now to ease the transition when classes start.
Understand both the hard and soft costs that are associated with college before you start. If you have kids, this might include extra childcare costs. Budget sensibly. Talk to the admissions or student advisor to see if you qualify for any scholarships or financial aid to help you pay for school.
By this point, you’ve probably lived a bit. Use this to your advantage. Life experience will have taught you lessons that can’t be learned at school. Apply these life lessons to your life as a student. This can really pay off as you work towards earning your degree.
A lot of college is about the connections you can build with classmates, instructors, and alumni. Find ways to connect with these people. Ask them for coffee to pick their brain. Use LinkedIn groups for students and alumni of your college. This can be very helpful at college and after you graduate.
If you haven’t been to school for a while, you might need a little while to get into the swing of things. You might risk setting yourself up for disappointment if you expect to be able to hit the ground running without any issues. Understand that setbacks will happen, and you will need time to get up to speed.
Student’s optimism can fade quickly as the reality of being back at college sets in. This is normal. Change is difficult, after all. You might need to push yourself. Venting is okay, but try to look on the bright side and remember why you’re doing this. A positive attitude can go a long way to help you have a better college experience.