Age is no longer a concern when it comes to learning and education, now that the world has advanced so fast compared to half a century ago. Things that you learned a decade or two ago may no longer be relevant, especially in the area of science and technology. Even history has added a few more chapters.
Many adults in developed nations are now going back to school to acquire new knowledge that was probably alien to them when they last went to college. They need the new knowledge to keep up with the rapid advancement around the world, to keep up with the young people whose knowledge has become more marketable in the current society in order to earn a living. Skills such as type writing and short hand has been over taken by computer skills and many simple mechanical works has been overtaken by robotic engineering, to name a few of the drastic changes over the last 2 decades.
In most developing nations, college is just for the rich and powerful. Only a few underdogs make it to the doorstep of a college. Adults going back to college after years of working is even more uncommon as the fight for survival in the real world has engulfed them, not leaving any extra time, and of cause more importantly, money, to step into college again.
While going back to college is a phenomenal sight that is getting popular in recent year. We should not forget that learning is an ongoing process. It should never be gauged by when, where and how you pick up your knowledge. Most importantly, you need to retain and apply your knowledge to the current environment. Learning does not take place just by studying, it has to be applied some how, some way. Like innovation does not take place until ideas are put to work for the society.
In fact, as an older person acquires knowledge in college, they can better assimilate with their life experience and put the knowledge into better use than young people, whom usually just put what they learn into a brain dump. Adult who attends college can bring new ideas and experience that challenges some teachings that are purely academic , which may not be practical in real life. Exchanges between academics and adult students give rise to better teaching materials. Academics, who are trapped within the college walls get to learn something happening in the real world as they learn from their adult students who have work experience in the real world.
Call it cross learning. People are learning from each other and with each other. There’s no boundary to learning. Don’t let the wall around the college stop you from getting more out of a system that will provide you a structured means of acquiring knowledge. Just know what you enjoy and want to learn. Enjoy the journey.