It’s September and that means it’s time for back to school. If you’re a more seasoned student you may be going back to school for the second or third time. With undergrads returning to pursue a Master’s or Doctorate Degree and young professionals deciding to change careers universities and colleges can be filled with returning students.
I went back to school twice after completing my Bachelor’s Degree, once to pursue additional education in my field of Economics and then again to change my career and study Journalism. Let me tell you it was very different the second time around.
If you’re thinking of going back to school here are some things to keep in mind:
Some things do stay the same
Even though the experience as a student is very different when you go back to school in your 20s, 30s or 40s than when you’re a teenager, there are some things about college life that remain the same.
College campuses are chaos, no matter how much you try to plan your day and be on time spaces are still always filled with students rushing from class to class, waiting in line at the bookstore and trying to find a quiet place to study. Always give yourself an extra 10 to 15 minutes to get everywhere to avoid missing out on lectures.
You won’t be sleep deprived
I don’t know about you but I had no sleep during my four years of college. Between classes, group work and my part time job I had very little time to eat let alone sleep. This was the biggest change about going back to school.
College life is easier when you get older because you’re more organized, more disciplined and can multi task. My grades weren’t great during my undergrad because I couldn’t handle all the responsibility. However they significantly increased when I returned to school.
You know your limitations
When you’re young you think that you can do it all. When you’re older you know that’s not true. Working full time and going to school full time is not fun. However working full time and going to school part time to better your professional career is rewarding.
I had no idea what I wanted to do when I filled out my college applications at 18 years old. I studied because my parents told me to, but I wasn’t passionate about it and I changed my major three times before finally graduating.
You will be a better student
College tuition money is so much better spent when you actually like learning as opposed to being forced to do it. This combined with everything else mentioned above will make you a better student. If you decided to go back to school then you know exactly what I mean.
There’s also the added benefit of being financially responsible when you go back to school later on in life. You know how to save money on things like books and supplies as well as other expenses such as food.
If you went back to school was it better the second time around?