It is a well known fact that many middle aged people have lost their job because they were given the opportunity to take an early retirement package from their employer, or their job was given to another person by means of outsourcing. As a result, many people who still desire to work have or soon will go to or go back to college or to a trade school to learn another skill.
They must first determine if they can support themselves while going to college. Some will have to have some kind of temporary employment, which means that they will take night classes or attend an on-line college. To do so one must have a computer and know how to operate that computer to get the maximum advantage from it.
If you attend a university you must have a place to live or you can drive to your classes each day. Then again, just how physically able are you to walk to the next class on campus? That is an important consideration when you sign up for the school semester or learning period for the subjects that you will learn.
So too, you will need a whole lot of time to study. You will also need a place in which to do all of that required reading, free of other distractions. It is quite a task, even for the most hearty young person. I had a full time job and I took evening college courses as well. My weekends were filled with nothing but study, in order to earn the best grades that I could earn.
Like it or not, older people are somewhat behind the times, in regard to the way colleges were when they last attended such institutions of higher learning. Learning is now, more than ever, serious work and your future depends on what college you go to and just how good are the grades you earn while going to that college.
Since there are more younger people in all of your classes you might have some difficulty making new friends. Then again, if you do not earn good grades you will probably not get a job, in regard to the skill or profession you desire to learn. The best way to do that is to concentrate on your studies and forget about those extra curricular activities, like going to sports events or doing those other things that do not add to your quest for a degree.
The fact of the matter is that older people are supposed to be wiser in the ways of the world. As such we can really never go back to what we were those many years ago. To try to relive those past years as we did when we were young is a truly stupid thing to do. One must also remember that we will be competing with those younger people for all of those jobs that will be available after earning that degree. Learning must be our primary concern.