Never Too Late: The Adult Student’s Guide to College by Becky Klein-CollinsA smart, snappy, and comprehensive guide for the millions of adults who are thinking about going—or going back—to college and want to know how to do it right
As anyone who has done it knows, going back to school is a major undertaking. For younger and older adults alike, starting or returning to school presents different challenges than those encountered by teens fresh out of high school and heading straight to college. Countless Americans take on this task while working, raising kids, caring for parents, volunteering, serving in the military—and in some cases all of the above. Although the “non-traditional” undergraduate student is in fact the new normal, the glut of college guides out there don’t include practical advice for the busy moms, frustrated employees, and ambitious adults who are applying to college or hoping to finish earning a degree.
Never Too Late will help readers jump-start a new professional path or speed down the one they’re already on by guiding them through vital questions: What should I study? How can I afford the time and money required to get a college degree? How do I compare schools? With key chapters on flexibility (“It’s About Time!” and “Face-to-Face or Cyberspace?”) and rankings of the best colleges for grown-ups diving back into the books, Never Too Late is an essential reference for adults seeking a richer life—and a meaningful place in our rapidly changing economy and world.
Going back to college at 25 & being happy in the process - YenTalks 3
Education is important -- especially in an increasingly competitive society. However, there isn't one formula for getting the education you require: Not everyone's order of events is 1 high school 2 college 3 graduate school. Whether you couldn't afford college when you were 18, you went to college but want to go back for a different degree, or any other slew of reasons, there is absolutely no wrong way to get yourself a higher education.
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One recent survey found percent of working adults say they plan on going back at some point. Adrian Lang thought about going back to college for years, but at 47 she decided it was finally time. Now, Lang is working towards a master's in social work. At six weeks in, she's keeping up, but says the challenges are different this time around. College admissions expert Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz says while it might be intimidating, it's never too late to go back to school. Also, shadow them and volunteer to find out if you really like the work. Also, take a community college class first to gauge your skills.
You may not realize it, but there are a lot of people asking that same question, and many who feel just as apprehensive as you. So I was taken aback when I arrived one day to find him standing in front of the room telling a story, his burly appearance softened by tears streaming down his cheeks. He was ecstatic. Growing up in Denver, he got mixed up with a tough crowd at a young age, and by the time he was 14, he was a runaway, dealing drugs to make money. A few years later, he made an attempt to turn his life around and return to school. Dejected, Kevin ignored his inner voice that told him to get an education, and managed to support himself by taking odd jobs, often lying on work applications about completing high school.
For many of the prospective students I meet, they have good jobs. They are valued employees. But they have reached a point professionally or personally where that's not enough. They want a degree. In today's still-shaky economy, work experience isn't worth what it used to be. The job market is evolving thanks to technology and globalization. And leveraging these changes to your advantage means, first, earning that elusive degree.