Going back to college at a later age has many benefits
College students in their thirties, forties, fifties increasingly becoming the norm on campuses
If you're well into your adulthood, settled into a career, raising a
family or making a living, and considering a different path in life
offered by furthering your education - educators say that you should
seriously consider returning to college, at any age. It's not unusual to
see college students in their thirties, forties and fifties. It may in
fact be the norm for many colleges.
Adult learners develop good study habits quickly, come to class prepared and seek to learn as much as they can in a course.
One of the best aspects of returning to college later in life is the fact that many professors greatly enjoy having adult learners in their classrooms. Robert W. Greene, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of French at the State University of New York at Albany says that adult learners genuinely "want to be where they are, sitting in a classroom taking courses toward a degree."
Greene observed that the adult learners in his classroom tended to "develop good study habits quickly, come to class prepared and seek to learn as much as they can in a course. In a word, they are motivated, thus are a pleasure to teach."
Adult students often "show their younger classmates that being committed to learning is a deeply satisfying way to live."
Greene notes that there are feelings of hesitation for some adult students. He says that sometimes they "feel nervous about returning to the classroom after having been away from formal study for some years."
Whenever he sensed this particular anxiety in his adult students, Professor Greene would point out to them that "their maturity was more of an advantage than a disadvantage to them, and that their very presence in the classroom demonstrated to one and all that their passion to learn and to succeed in their studies was real."
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