How to pursue a degree as an adult
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Education isn’t easy, no matter how old you are — and going to school as an adult comes with its own set of challenges. Whether you're considering a bachelor's degree, or you want to expand your knowledge even more with a go at graduate education, you might be wondering where to begin. Luckily, there are plenty of people just like you and many programs built to accommodate situations like yours.
Here's some advice that will serve you particularly well if you're seeking tips for going back to school as an adult.
1. Follow Your Goals
One of the beautiful things about going to school as an adult is that you probably have a clearer picture of your goals, skills and aspirations. Maybe you've discovered you want a career change or want more expertise in the industry you're already in. Whatever your direction may be, this is your opportunity to do what you truly wish to with your education. Make sure you're going for your dreams.
2. See if Your Employer Will Pay for Your Degree
Plenty of workplaces offer education benefits in some form or another. If your degree is related in any way to your field of work, it can't hurt to inquire about what kind of funding might be available to you. Some companies allow you to apply for grants, while others will pay for the whole thing. If your company says no, it shouldn't stop you from getting your education, but it's always a good idea to check.
3. Set Boundaries
As an adult with a job, a social life, or maybe even a partner and family to worry about, you might be wondering how you'll ever find the time to study, or even add a class or two onto your already hectic schedule. While it may be difficult, you need to set boundaries and claim time and energy as your own.
It's all about giving yourself permission to focus on your goals. Those around you will understand that you deserve this time for you, but you need to get the ball rolling.
4. Pace Yourself
Going back to school can be a total culture shock, especially when you have other responsibilities in life. While it's important to reach for your goals and work hard, you also need to practice self-care and make sure you don't burn out. Take it slow. Start with just a few classes — or even one class, if that's what you can handle. Education is often a long game, not a race.
5. Have a Study Plan
Nobody can expect to show up to class, never study and ace every test. Everyone needs to carve out time for homework and studying, but if you're not careful, it can eat up your whole night. As an adult learner, you need to make the most of your time. Have a study plan and set aside specific hours to work on your schoolwork. Make lists and itineraries so you can keep everything in check and get all your work done.
How to Go Back to School as an Adult
Going back to school can be challenging, and even taking one class each semester makes you a total superstar. Hopefully, these adult learning tips will make it easier. Whether you're taking your first shot at a degree or you're running back to campus for more, education is for everyone — and that includes you.
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