If you think you’re the only one facing obstacles, you’re not. Below are some solutions for common problems.

“I’m too old.”

Fear

In 2007, 95-year-old Nola Ochs graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history. She is the oldest person to ever graduate from college. Listen to this: More than 3 million higher education students are over the age of 35, and nearly 10 million are over the age of 22.* Old, shmold.
*According to the National Center for Education Statistics

Check out Philip's story
View the Solution

“I won’t fit in.”

Fear

Guess what? Most everyone you’ll meet is feeling the same thing. One of the biggest fears of going to school or going back to school is the anxiety of not fitting in with the other students. But this isn't high school. You're an adult now. Join groups and become involved. Very few people will see you as different and you’ll probably find yourself helping others feel like they fit in, too.

View the Solution

“I’m afraid I’ll fail.”

Fear

You won't. Here's all you have to do: Go to class. Pay attention. Do your best. Complete your assignments on time. Ask questions. And, no matter how difficult it may get, don’t quit. If you fail something or flunk a test, take it again. We all fail at times, but the ones who stick it out win in the end. There's no greater feeling than passing a test you failed last time.

View the Solution

“I’m not smart enough.”

Fear

That's BS. You go to school to learn. Nobody's an expert when they arrive. You are ready and willing to learn just like you're hungry for dinner. There's no such thing as "smart enough to go to school;" that's why you're going.

View the Solution

“I never planned to go to school, so I’m probably not qualified to get in.”

Fear

OK. Lots of things are going to happen in your life you're not planning for. You can make up for lost time. Once you begin looking for schools and careers that fit your interests and strengths, it will start coming together. Take it one step at a time. Do the first thing. Then do the thing after that. It may take you a few months longer to get everything lined up, but it will happen. Those admissions folks are there to get you in, not keep you out.

View the Solution