23 Jun, 2021 01:11 PM

Any advice for a "mature" college student?

I'm 26 and entering college for the first time, tomorrow. I waited so long to enter school...well, let's just say family circumstance change (read: newly single mom). I was wondering if anyone else started their college education later, and what advice do you have for me? Thanks in advance, Flamingo

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23 Jun, 2021 01:11 PM

First of all good luck! I was a single mother and had to go to college while working at a full time job. It is hard but you can do it. It paid off very well for me.

1. Sometimes you will get very frustrated. If you feel overwhelmed just remind yourself how good it will be at the end.

2. It will be very hard on your kids, but make sure to pay enough attention to them. Remember you are not the only one who is going through a big change.

3. Keep positive attitude. Things always have a way of working out. Especially for those of us who works hard.

4. Don't regret any decision you make. At times you will hesitate. It is normal.

5. Set goals and do your best to accomplish them. even if things change make new plans.

6. Don't give up. Remember everything is for your kids.

7. Take one day at a time.

I wish you the best luck :)

23 Jun, 2021 01:11 PM

Well first off I just want to say congrats on both wanting to go to college and also becoming a mom. Both those accomplishments are great. I was in school for six years to get a two year degree. I moved a lot and changed my major three times so that didn't help, but what I do want to say is for your first year take things slow and ask for help. Always ask for help. It really pays off. I didn't and I could have done so much better. Also I would get your mom to come over and watch your baby and just go in another room to study that way you aren't away from your baby. But other than that I am just so happy for you that you want to go to college after having a baby. Good luck to you.

23 Jun, 2021 01:12 PM

Even thou I didn't marry till I was done with college, I believe that this advise is practical.

Budget your income and stick to it! Remember to set some aside for "emergencies" and do not be tempted to use it.

Make a weekly planner and stick to it!
If you have kid's; set down the rules for your homework and study time. Let them know that there will be consequences for children who misbehave. Explain how important it is for the family.

Do not even think about dating for now! It will be time consuming and a distraction from your goal!!!!! You will have time after.

You have a goal. Do not be discouraged if you do not do as well as you wanted to. DO NOT GIVE UP, NEVER GIVE UP!

Now! Go Get Them Tiger. Good Luck!

Just think, your "X" will think differently of you when he sees that you are more then what he thought!

23 Jun, 2021 01:12 PM

Well I'm 23, married, and returning for a second degree to be a nurse, all I have to say is join the race to become a nurse, because it's a big race to nursing school. Remember, nursing school is very very and very competitive. The best grades basically get in. Comprise a good study schedule. Read notes and chapters before and after classes. This will open your understanding alot. Do well on your exams and any assignments that you will have. Everything counts. I pray that everything goes well for you. You can do this!

23 Jun, 2021 01:12 PM

Just know that your decision to return to school is wonderful! Congratulations on making a positive change in your life that can only make your circumstances better. It's not easy but you can do it. Once you get to campus you will be amazed at the many mature adult students you'll see! All of them made that same decision and had those very same doubts! The trick is to keep on going, no matter what. I think learning is an ongoing process that never really stops, only gets sidetracked for a while...life sometimes gets in the way! Visualize yourself wearing those scrubs, go ahead and buy a set to hang in the closet as a reminder of your goal. Don't loose sight of your goal, keep it always in the cross-hairs! Your kids can help you get motivated, they are great optimists.
If they are too young for that, just look into their precious little faces for the strength you need to make it through. I believe in you. You'll do great.