The average person may change jobs 10 times in their lifetime. Whether this change is a result of personal choices or economic restrictions, changing your career direction or path can be a big decision.
With changes come new experiences and environments which can be a little unsettling. For adult students, the thought of going back to school can be overwhelming and exhilarating all at the same time. Rest assured that you are not alone. I don’t know any student, young or old, who wasn’t slightly inundated by new routines and surroundings when starting school.
You may be happy to know that post-secondary institutions recognize the potential difficulties students may have and can offer support. Orientation events, workshops, tours and mentoring programs are integral factors that contribute to a smooth transition into school life. Your institution’s student services department can share information with you on programs designed to support adults in their academic aspirations. Take advantage of these services and let your new focus be your driving force towards succeeding in your goals.
As a motivated mature student let your life experiences define you as someone your fellow students can look up to. The post-secondary environment is built on mutual sharing of knowledge and perspectives with everyone driven towards their future desires.
Take this chance to be inspired and be part of the inspiration. Experience education again. It’s never too late to expand your mind, and your future. Join the student movement; no matter where we come from or where we are going, we’re all in this together.
Jacqueline Hansen is a student ambassador at a post-secondary institution in Toronto.