Are you a parent who passed up college to take care of your kids? Have you been thinking lately that you’d like to do something about your future? Going to college could be your answer. Come on, you know you have earned it! But you will need to change your routine.
As a returning learner, it has probably been years since you were in school? Are you apprehensive about going into a class with kids half your age? It is okay. There are many in the same boat. Read this article to learn more about others like you. You will understand that you can do it, too.
Choosing a campus and a major
You should not consider going to college unless you have a good idea of the kind of career you want or, at least, have a general idea. Meet with a career counselor to find out more about your different options and take the time to do some research about different schools and programs.
When you are trying to choose a school that you would like to attend you should weigh all of the pros and cons of the school compared to what your major will be. You can find many lists that tell you what the department at the school you are interested in ranks.
Do not let anyone, including yourself, pressure you into rushing your declaration or choice of major. At most colleges and universities, you are going to spend at least two years doing general education classes regardless. Use these to explore various avenues and fields of interest to winnow down to what really fascinates you.
Be comfortable with your campus and friends
If the campus you are attending is large, it is important to familiarize yourself with it during the first week. You should know how to get to the cafeteria, library, the Professor’s offices, college security, study rooms and the student center. Knowing the location of places you have to go saves time.
When you enter your room on the first day of college, the best thing that you can do is to fraternize with your roommates. These are going to be the people that you spend the rest of the year with so it is very smart to make friends with them immediately.
Regardless of whether you are a male or a female, go to the gym as often as possible on campus. Here, you can meet a lot of active people in your college while also getting a workout during the day. There also may be people you can find to go to the gym with you and that is good if you need to expand your social network.
If possible, try to live for your first year in campus housing. By taking advantage of room and board, you can give yourself more of a chance to focus on getting accustomed to the campus and community. Then in following years, you will have a better idea of where you might prefer to live on your own.
Scheduling your time
You aren’t at home, and no one will pick up after you or prepare your meals. It’s important that you monitor what you eat, keep your place clean, and get enough sleep. Try to make a schedule that includes classes, study, recreation and caring for yourself properly. Using these tips will ensure you stay healthy.
When scheduling your classes, make sure that you give yourself breaks. Try not to take any more than three hours of classes without a break of at least one hour. This gives you a chance to eat, study, make a phone call, or take care of other business. It also improves your alertness.
Try not to set yourself up to fail when scheduling your classes. If you aren’t a night person, don’t schedule night classes or labs. Learn your body’s natural rhythm and schedule around it.
Try to do everything in moderation when you enter college for the first time. This means that you should not party too hard or work too hard during your experience. Have a lot of fun, but make sure that you understand you are going to college to learn and expand your possibilities for employment.
Studying and seeking help
Once you start college, you should schedule an appointment with your adviser to set up a study plan. Your academic adviser will help you choose your classes, your activities and make plans for your future. Meet with your adviser on a regular basis to talk about your progress and make sure you stay on the right track.
Are you under a lot of pressure for a certain class you are not sure you will pass? You should talk to your academic adviser or to your instructor about credit no credit. Most schools will let you take one class where you will get credit but your grade will not impact your GPA.
If you are struggling with one or more of your college courses, seek tutoring help. Many college students think it costs a fortune to hire a tutor; the truth is that most college campuses provide their students with low-cost or free tutoring services. Speak with a financial counselor for more information.
Go for it
Now that you have read this, you should know that a degree is attainable. It does take hard work and discipline. But, if you have taken time off from school for kids, you already have that. You deserve to treat yourself to the education you have always dreamed of having. Don’t feel like you are alone. Lots of people choose to go to college after a long break. Don’t be scared. With dedication and determination, you can experience success and complete your college degree.