Are you considering furthering your education, but think you’re too old for school? Many would-be students over the age of 40 see age as an obstacle to continuing their education. While age doesn’t eradicate the impact of social pressures and personal fears, quite often, adult students doubt their ability to comfortably interact with much younger peers in a classroom setting, but some have tackled it to prove you’re never too old for school.
Back-to-School Age: 47
Degree: Associate of Applied Science
Previous Occupation: Hair Stylist
As a 47-year-old freshman with zero college credits, Tammy had a steep road ahead of her when she enrolled at City Colleges of Chicago-Malcolm X campus for the Dental Hygiene Program. There was a 38-year gap since her last formal schooling, and she had no ACT scores, but she did have decades of life experience from which to draw.
“Too old for school? Absolutely not! I was anxious about going to school with individuals half my age, but I was also a more dedicated and serious student. I worried for nothing. My younger classmates were gracious and respectful. Many them calledl me mom and I was flattered when they asked me for advice. I was gratified that they accepted me in their lives. I was floored when they asked me to speak at our graduation! It’s never too late to create a life you love. You must be prepared to hear, “How old will you be when you finish?” a number of times. I learned to answer this one, “The same age I’ll be if I don’t finish!”
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