Face Your Fears – Returning to School as an Adult

Over the past several years there have been an increasing number of adults who have decided, for one reason or another, to return to school. It can be an extremely intimidating experience for an adult to return to school whether it is to obtain a GED,  to upgrade existing skills, or to complete a college degree. Typical fears range from fear of fitting in to worrying about how you will fit it into an already busy life. Visiting the school campus is one very good way to help quash those fears. It allows you to see the classrooms, the professors, the students, and it will help you to feel much more familiar with the entire process.

Returning to School as an AdultOne of the biggest concerns adults have when returning to school is the fear that they will stick out like a sore thumb in a wave of young, hip kids. The good news is that more and more adults are returning to school. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, over 19% of students are over the age of 35 and 41% of the students are over the age of 25.

Be sure to talk to your family. The support of your loved ones will go a long way when it comes to facing your fears. It will also give you the opportunity to discuss with them your possible new schedule and how they can help you to add this into your life. Let’s face it, the more help you receive from the home front will make it much more easier to focus on your studies.

As the demand for continuing education rises, so does the opportunities available at the various schools. Many schools now offer weekend degrees, evening courses and even online classes or distance education making it possible to fit school into nearly every schedule. You can also apply for advance standing in many courses, meaning that you may be able to reduce some of the time you’ll need to go to school in order to obtain your degree.

Utilizing a calendar is definitely going to help you out as you reschedule your days. Start by entering your work and school schedule, then other family and personal obligations. I am sure you will be pleasantly surprised to find the extra hours you can squeeze into your day if you are prepared and plan ahead.

One last thing to think about as you consider your options regarding school. In today’s age where employees are being laid off and places of businesses are closing their doors, you must be able to distinguish yourself from the myriad of other applications that will come across the desk of an employer. Having the experience, the personality and the education will bring you one step closer to closing out the competition.

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