As we approach back-to-school season, it may also mean the return of school for adults as well. Pursuing a higher education is not an easy decision to make, but we want to share how you can make the most out of your college experience. No matter the age, it is never too late to obtain that diploma. Here are our top tips to make that transition easy for you.
One of the biggest struggles that adult students face is trying to find that work, school, and family balance. The most important thing to keep in mind is to plan from the start. Know what to expect before you make any commitments. There are some things to work into your schedule ahead of time. For example, arranging transportation or finding a babysitter beforehand. It might be important to coordinate your schedule with your family and develop a routine. Do not forget to set some time for yourself as well. Taking care of your health should always be your first priority
Organization can help you stay on track of your short and long-term goals. Establish a checklist of your daily, weekly, or even monthly assignments and due dates. Be sure to include your household tasks. We suggest utilizing a planner or even Google Calendar. Google calendar is free, easily accessible on mobile devices, and with its color coordinating option, visually efficient.
You may feel out of place due to being out of school for so long, but do not be discouraged to connect with your classmates as an older student. There are many benefits in getting to know your classmates. Forming study groups may help improve your grades, as well as create a social support group if it has been a while since you have taken a test. Getting to know your instructors can be advantageous as well when you are ready to start exploring job opportunities. Build positive relationships with those that are supportive of your career goals.
“Be on time, and be ready to focus” – Desiree, Medical Assistant Instructor
The famous saying goes “if you’re on time, you’re late”. Traffic can be unpredictable, so it is always better to have a few extra minutes to spare for unexpected situations. Practice good habits from the beginning and arrive to class earlier to get your stuff settled. This preparation includes taking care of all distractions such as your mobile device, personal issues, or even taking care of your hunger before class. Be an active listener and participant.
Overcome the ‘Impostor Syndrome’
Much more common than you think, Impostor Syndrome is defined when a student has that feeling of being incapable of their academic abilities. It is that constant worry that you are not good enough to succeed. Do not be afraid to reach out, everyone deserves to be proud of their accomplishments. Even if that accomplishment is as small as going back to school. Be confident in yourself and focus on your strengths.
We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to improve his or her life through higher education. Making the decision to go back into school can be exciting. Find the right program where you can balance your work, school, and family life HERE!