Tips for Senior Citizen College Students

“Tips for senior citizens returning to college ” sounds a wee bit presumptuous because [1] senior citizens unless they have, unfortunately, entered senility might still wish they had gone to college, but have decided that given current events, it’s just as well they don’t because they have more common sense than those who have had the opportunity of college sense, and [2] senior citizens, retired, are [a] deciding to earn the college degree they yearned for out of high school, but, unfortunately for them, high school was terminal education for a variety of reasons including the need to go to work to help support their parents and siblings, or going to work to help an ailing parent who was the primary bread winner, or going to work because they had a made a mistake that would keep them out of college, or they enlisted out of necessity or duty in one of the branches of the armed forces. These are just a few of the reasons some seniors did not go to college after graduating from high school. And these reasons are undoubtedly the same for many graduating seniors today as it was sixty years ago.

A senior citizen going to college for a new career, although doubtful, the going has as much to do with socializing to remain intellectually active, is not likely to need advice on transitioning from life, the way its played, and college.

A senior citizen going to college today may have some apprehensions about going to college, but the senior is unlikely to face the kinds of problems that even many current high school students face. There is a generational thing called maturity. A senior citizens friends are likely to be surprised at some seniors decision to start college “at their age, but many will be teased for joining the ranks of coeds and hunks.

Many more senior citizens are going to college today than generations ago because once retired and if they haven’t thought of going to college but read that college is free to them in the state where they live, they may be very much tempted to rethink their position on what to do after retirement at age 65 or 70 to go to college to fulfill that lost ambition or simply to occupy their minds in a fruitful way. And colleges report that most of these students rather than needing counseling know what they are about being in college at their age, and do very nicely, thank you, because they bring to the classroom a mature viewpoint that has depth and width of mind. In other words, they know what they are about, they have already done it, they are here in college, many of them, to get that degree, they are respected by their college peers, even as young as these are, and they are likely available for wise counsel themselves. Besides, their professors give them credit for their experience and may even yield to them in some classes.

Besides, senior citizens are wily enough to gain the upper hand in college. They will not be “rushed” by a fraternity, they will not worry about dating unless a single senior citizen of the other sex makes a move, and that has happened. A senior citizen will more likely complete assignments on time, will hardly ever use the excuse that their was not enough time or was called to an emergency unless it is his own. The only thing that some male senior citizens might have to worry about is having to control their intake of early morning coffee or tea in order to avoid having to run to the bathroom while in the middle of a presentation or discussion.

One senior citizen decided to attend college so that he could get to play college basketball. The papers reported he did. And more and more newspapers report every year in a photo with cutline the story of the Senior Citizen, who going on 80 some or even more, just obtained her BA with distinction because it was something she thought she should do. To be sure, there is more to report on senior citizens and their success in college, particularly those going all out for the degree they had most fervently wished for but for which they had to accept delay, gracefully.