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In years past, high school graduates had to choose from one of two paths: either enter the world of higher education by going to college, or put education aside and enter the workforce. Now a third option is emerging: entering the workforce only to attend college years later as a non-traditional student.


The percentage of non-traditional students is rising across the nation, as more and more adults decide to continue their education. Non-traditional students nearly equal traditional students among U.S. undergraduates today according to the National Center of Education Statistics.


The reasons these adults become non-traditional students vary. Some are laid off from their jobs and must acquire new skills to enter a new career. Some are retired or divorced and seeking to start a new chapter in their lives. Some simply do it for themselves, seeking to enrich their lives in new and rewarding ways.


For some adults, going back to school can be a scary time. They can be afraid of entering classrooms with much younger classmates who are just out of high school. They can have self-doubts as to whether or not they can accomplish their goal of getting a degree. They can be nervous about term papers, pop quizzes, tests and final exams. They can worry about where this new adventure is going to take them.


For these reasons, here is a list of the top five tips for adults as non-traditional students:


5. People are inherently good. Your classmates, even if they are younger, will likely be willing to help you study and will explain concepts you don’t understand. Teachers may be authority figures in the classroom, but most are happy to take their own time to help students with the subjects they are studying.


4. Develop a college support network. Make sure your friends and family understand why you are returning to college and why you feel this is something that will be a healthy new adventure for you. They will form a great support group around you, and you may need to lean on a shoulder every now and again.


3. Financial aid is out there. School is expensive - there’s no way around that. No one is trying to tell you it isn’t. But with a little investigation (including phone calls to your university), you will likely find there are scholarships available for non-traditional students. Don’t think twice about calling the financial aid office; it’s what they are there for.


2. Time management is key. Non-traditional students typically have spouses, children and jobs to worry about in addition to their school work. Make yourself a schedule and follow it religiously. Make sure you have back-up plans in place in case you need to juggle multiple activities (homework and picking the kids up for soccer practice, for example).


1. Be yourself and have fun. Teachers don’t want to educate drones. Speak up in class. Share your valuable life experience with younger students. Challenge ideas that you may question. Remember, you are paying for your education. You will only get out of it what you put in.


In years past, high school graduates had to choose from one of two paths: either enter the world of higher education by going to college, or put education aside and enter the workforce. Now a third option is emerging: entering the workforce only to attend college years later as a non-traditional student.


The percentage of non-traditional students is rising across the nation, as more and more adults decide to continue their education. Non-traditional students nearly equal traditional students among U.S. undergraduates today according to the National Center of Education Statistics.


The reasons these adults become non-traditional students vary. Some are laid off from their jobs and must acquire new skills to enter a new career. Some are retired or divorced and seeking to start a new chapter in their lives. Some simply do it for themselves, seeking to enrich their lives in new and rewarding ways.


For some adults, going back to school can be a scary time. They can be afraid of entering classrooms with much younger classmates who are just out of high school. They can have self-doubts as to whether or not they can accomplish their goal of getting a degree. They can be nervous about term papers, pop quizzes, tests and final exams. They can worry about where this new adventure is going to take them.


For these reasons, here is a list of the top five tips for adults as non-traditional students:


5. People are inherently good. Your classmates, even if they are younger, will likely be willing to help you study and will explain concepts you don’t understand. Teachers may be authority figures in the classroom, but most are happy to take their own time to help students with the subjects they are studying.


4. Develop a college support network. Make sure your friends and family understand why you are returning to college and why you feel this is something that will be a healthy new adventure for you. They will form a great support group around you, and you may need to lean on a shoulder every now and again.


3. Financial aid is out there. School is expensive - there’s no way around that. No one is trying to tell you it isn’t. But with a little investigation (including phone calls to your university), you will likely find there are scholarships available for non-traditional students. Don’t think twice about calling the financial aid office; it’s what they are there for.


2. Time management is key. Non-traditional students typically have spouses, children and jobs to worry about in addition to their school work. Make yourself a schedule and follow it religiously. Make sure you have back-up plans in place in case you need to juggle multiple activities (homework and picking the kids up for soccer practice, for example).


1. Be yourself and have fun. Teachers don’t want to educate drones. Speak up in class. Share your valuable life experience with younger students. Challenge ideas that you may question. Remember, you are paying for your education. You will only get out of it what you put in.



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