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The Upside of Being a Mature Student

Posted on: November 19, 2012

Going back to school can be intimidating, especially when you feel like you’re older than all the other students. But have you considered how being a little older might be a good thing? Here’s why:

Maturity. Because of life experience — with jobs, kids or even being part of the PTA — you know how to focus and ask better questions that can help you really get things done. Your maturity gives you the skills you need to be a better student.

Less school burnout. An 18 or 19 year old has likely been going to school nearly their entire life and college can feel like more of the same to these kids. But you’ve had a nice break to recharge and see college as a means to an end versus just another day in classes.

More confidence. You’ll find that teachers are less intimidating to you than an 18 year old. Tests are less stressful because you’ve had years to learn how to manage your time and know what’s worth stressing about.

Your life experience and the wisdom it brings with it set you up for great success, so don’t let your age (or anything) hold you back!

2 Responses to "The Upside of Being a Mature Student"

At 43, I can agree with this!

I was 49 when I started my degree course (now finished). From my experience, I would suggest that the fundamental advantages I had were a work ethic based on full time employment. ability to adapt and ask questions, and a ‘JFDI’ attitude.

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