I’ll never forget my mother’s face when I told her I wouldn’t be going back to college. That look of sheer disappointment will be with me forever. I was 16 at the time and more interested in the latest lip gloss shade and hair trends than algebra and the English language. However, after spending a couple of years in various dead end jobs, I admitted defeat and returned to university to finish my studies. Did it change me? Of course it did. But life can throw all sorts of things your way and you have to deal with them the best you can.
For others, the decision to return to further education may come later in life. Whether its children, family, work commitments or health issues that have held you back, you should never give up your ambition. With the right amount of research, colleges and universities can be found which offer higher education to non-traditional students. Certain classes are now even designed to work around the needs of mature students, offering night classes, online tutorials and video conferencing.
Although it may seem impossible to juggle the responsibility of being a mother, a wife, a worker and a student all at the same time, there are options that are available to you which will help with the transition. It is essential that you take full advantage of the material and help that is offered to you:
The material that is needed to engage in a subject can prove very expensive, especially when paired with the cost of the course. Browse online stores for deals on used or unwanted study books, journals and stationery. Online stores can also provide substantial discounts on software for students, setting you up with all of the necessary tools you need to complete projects and assignments.
The price of study may initially seem overly high, but there are ways to ease the financial pressures. The majority of education institutions will allow for students to pay for their course in installments, ultimately spreading the cost over a longer amount of time. Alternatively, employers may decide to help you with funding if you are choosing to study in order to progress in the field of work you are currently in. Remember that education should be treated as an investment in yourself towards a better future.
Further education is far from easy. It takes dedication, determination and a lot of hard work. To avoid becoming overwhelmed with university, home and work commitments, take full use of the college’s support team – they will advise you on how best to time-manage your course. Whether it’s extra help, an extension on an assignment or access to more material, there will be people on hand to deal with queries and requests from all students.
Returning to education after such a long time away is exciting yet daunting. However, with the correct amount of preparation and commitment, a brighter future can be achieved. The toughest part is taking the first step and enrolling on a course. The rest is personal development.
This is a guest post by Nicola Winters on behalf of Phoenix Student store who provide discounted software for students.