23 Jun, 2021 01:03 PM

I'm 21yrs old. Is it too late to go back to school?

I went to a good university my freshman year but I totally slacked off. I've been out of school for almost 2 years and I feel as if I am waaaay behind now and it is too late :0( I really want to earn a degree. Is there anyone out there who took a couple of years off college but still managed to return and achieve that goal???

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MA
23 Jun, 2021 01:03 PM

While I didn't take time off from college, I work at one. From my observations and statistics, you are the prime student to succeed in college.  You know now the value of an education and will appreciate it more, thereby retaining and understanding the information better.  Go for it!

MA
23 Jun, 2021 01:04 PM

No! It is never too late to go back for more education.  

I went back after a four year break, I was married had a three year old, and a new born (three months olds).  It was the single best thing I have ever done for myself.

Going back after having some "real life" experience gave me a different perspective than I had prior.  I saw things differently, valued my education and didn't take for granted the opportunity I had undertaken.  Being an older student (and I was not the oldest by far...was 28) was without a doubt a positive.  I got to know my professors, they respected my opinion and thought process, I could apply "real life" scenarios to problems...and I knew why I was there...it wasn't to have a social life first and an education much farther down the line.

I am proud to say, I graduated with a 3.9 (got one A-)!  The ironic thing was, when I walked down the aisle to receive my hard earn diploma it was actually anti-climatic. I realized I had grown so much as a person over the two years of being in school, gaining self-confidence, having more trust in my intelligence (lacked because I am dyslexic and struggled through school my entire life) and discovering I could proudly discuss my thoughts and opinions.

Since I graduated, I have been at home with my two sons.  My oldest is starting Kindergarten and my youngest is starting Pre-k this fall...and me? Well, I am going to start my Graduate School this fall...after a year and half break and the age of 32!

You will do great!  You will not be the oldest person...not even close...as a matter of fact; you may even be the median age.  There will be a lot of 21 year olds who are starting school after serving time in our military and/or reserves.  

Bottom line, this will only better you, so how can you not? 

GO for it!  Hold your head up high!  Be proud of yourself for going against the grain, doing the hard work and realizing the rewards.

 ~ Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don't recognize them. 

Good Luck and Many Smiles!

Mis

AU
23 Jun, 2021 01:04 PM

It's never too late to go back to school.  Ask yourself, "Where will I be in 5 years if I don't go back to school?"  The answer is, "I'll be 5 years older and still not have a degree."  I returned to school at age 31 to receive a law degree, which I finished at age 33.  Sure, a lot of the students were younger than I was, but I brought a perspective that they didn't have--which I felt was an advantage.  I have never been sorry I took that step.  So, go back to school, recognize that you have some additional experiences that other students don't, and use the perspective of those experiences to your advantage.



AU
23 Jun, 2021 01:04 PM

It is never too late to return to school.

The two years that you've been out of school have likely benefited you in ways that will pay off once you're back at the university. 

Like you, I went to college right out of high school. I was an okay student, but didn't have a clue about a degree path. After working for a couple of years, I had a clearer picture about what I wanted to do. And when I enrolled in school again, I found that I was a much better student.



PI
23 Jun, 2021 01:05 PM

I think 21 is a good age to start school.  You're in your early twenties, by the time your get out you'll be in your mid to late 20's.  If you took a two year degree school you'd get done by at least 24 and that's if you were to slack off!  If you however, want the UNiversity deal, then you'll be done by at least 25 or 26, but I tell ya it's worth it!    If you have the desire and commitment to finish what you start that is.