I am an Adult Student
Today, more and more adults are going back to college. The National Center for Education Statistics reported that from 2000 to 2010 the amount of people age 25 and older going back to college increased by 42 percent! So although going back to school is tough, just remember that you are not alone.
Is Going Back to School Worth It?
The benefits of a college degree outweigh the hardships like tuition and an increasingly busy schedule. Earning a college degree greatly increases the opportunities available to you in the future. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, after earning you associates degree the amount of total jobs that will be available to you increases by a staggering 134 percent. To learn more about different types of degrees and courses, visit the Educational Planning page.
Building a Relationship With Teachers and Advisors
We already learned in the Your Advisor page about the benefits of building relationships with advisor, but for adult students these relationships can be even more meaningful. Your advisors and teachers are more likely to be closer in age to you, which gives you the opportunity to create strong, life-long relationships. You should take advantage of one-on-one meetings with your teachers and advisors and seek their advice on your current problems, as well as future plans.
Resources Available To You
If you have been out of school for awhile, you may need to do some work before school begins to brush up on your knowledge. The Academic Brush Up page provides many resources for getting ready to go back to college. The LINCS Learner Center also offers free online resources tailored to the needs of Adult Learners. The Learner Center can help you with basic courses like Math, Reading, Science, and English. There are also resources to help you with finding and getting a job.
Adult Learning Communities
If you feel like your college may not offer you enough support, or if you need extra help with your academics, the National Literacy Directory offers you the opportunity to connect with a tutor, literacy center, and testing center near you. All you have to do is enter you zip code or city into the search bar, and choose how far away you are able to commute.