Adult Students are Positioned for Success
Being an adult learner positions you for success in ways that aren’t usually available for traditional students. With age comes wisdom, and, sometimes, new ways to success.
You already have foundational knowledge for your career field
Chances are if you’re going back to school after some time in the workforce, you’re either already in your career field or you’ve had some exposure to the industry you want to break into. You’ve definitely had work experience and you have functional understanding of how the professional world operates. Having this baseline gives you insight into what kinds of skills and knowledge are valuable to glean from your collegiate experience.
You’re serious about what you’re doing
As a working adult student, college isn’t about finding yourself or having a good time. The college movie cliches do not apply here. You’ve got a life to live and other responsibilities. You know the true cost of not applying yourself or putting forth your best effort.
You’re serious about turning in quality assignments, about showing up to class and actually paying attention throughout, and about performing well and earning high grades. You know that you get out of something what you put into it. Doing well at this level will prepare you for what comes next.
You can apply what you’re learning immediately
Taking what you learned in class and using it in a real world situation makes you feel validated and gives a sense of confidence. Now imagine waiting for that feeling for a year or two while you work toward graduation and then apply for a job. If you’re an adult student already working in your chosen profession, you can apply that knowledge immediately. That’s some kind of instant gratification!
You also have the benefit of executing best practices and principles.
You already have your end goals in mind
How many people do you know who started college right out of high school only to change their major a half dozen times? Many people do it, and there’s nothing wrong with it; it’s just the reality of making plans for your life at 18-years-old. But going back to school as an adult - whether you were the indecisive freshman or not - means you to really know what you want and where you want to go. With age comes wisdom.
When you understand college is a vessel to help you achieve your goals, and it’s not the thing “you’re supposed to do for four years,” you can make the most of your time there.
Being an adult student provides unique opportunities. It might even prove to be more beneficial to you in the long-run, but everyone’s life experiences are different. If you think you’re ready to take the next step and enroll at Amberton, our advisers can help you start your application today. You can also click “Apply” on the website to complete the online admissions form. The process is simple and there’s no admissions fee!