Why It’s True That You’re Never Too Old For School
There are a lot of reasons why high school graduates have to put college on the backburner. Sometimes they can’t decide on a career direction, or they’ve found a job that pays pretty well, and there’s a pressing need to make money now versus later.
Often the excuse is simply time. It’s the one thing that you can’t get enough of, and the one thing you can never get back when it’s gone.
But times change. Today’s students have more freedom to pursue a degree when they want to, and it lends even more truth to the saying, “You’re never too old to go back to school.”
“Knowledge does not age discriminate,” said Reyna Sund, Director of Career and Alumni Services for Ashford University.
After getting over the fear of being too old for school, Sund said, adults should recognize the value of their own experiences, and how that can change the dynamic in and out of the classroom.
“Socially, being a lifelong learner opens doors for you to join in on conversations with friends, family, and co-workers where you might have otherwise felt insecure,” she added.
Being left out of the conversation was a motivating factor for Bonnie Nieves to return to school. The 2015 Ashford graduate said she felt as if she were living in the shadow of her husband’s successful military career, and as she moved from town to town, she was embarrassed to discuss her “insignificant” jobs with friends.
“There wasn’t really anything noble or interesting to tell,” Nieves said. “I decided to just move along and wait for it to be my turn for success, but it seemed as if my turn was never coming.”
When Nieves decided to pursue her degree, she chose Ashford because the online format fit her lifestyle. Nieves earned her Bachelor of Arts in Education Studies and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree.
According to Sund, stories like Nieves’ are not uncommon – adult learners value the flexibility of an online university.
“Given the need for more flexibility in schedules, there is a demand for institutions to answer the call of the dynamic adult learner,” she said.
Written by Jason R. Latham, Content Manager for Bridgepoint Education