What is preventing you from going to school?
Check all that apply
I’m too old.
More than 3 million higher education students are over the age of 35, and nearly 10 million are over the age of 22.* Think about how many working years you have left in your lifetime - there’s no time like today to change that path.
*According to the National Center for Education Statistics
I won’t fit in.
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. Try to think of college as an opportunity to meet new people to share your experiences with. If you are an adult returning to school, you have life experience that will help you tremendously. Decide what you like, become involved and seek out a professor or counselor to mentor you.. This will help you meet friends with the same values and aspirations.
I’m afraid I’ll fail.
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, you can take it again. Find a tutor or teacher to help in the subjects that are difficult for you. We all fail at times, but the ones who stick it out win in the end. Your friends, your family, your teachers, your counselors - they all want you to excel. Lean on these people when it gets hard and they will help you.
I’m not smart enough.
You go to school to learn. Nobody's an expert when they arrive. As long as you are ready and willing to learn, you are smart enough. Find a career path that excites you and you are passionate about - that’s when learning stops being hard and starts being fun.
I never planned to go to school, so I’m probably not qualified to get in.
Lots of things are going to happen in your life you're not planning for. 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. You may need to brush up on math or English classes and the admissions team will help you find those classes and create a plan. They are there to get you in, not keep you out.