Non-traditional is the term that applies to those returning back to college. As an aspiring college consultant, I fall under the category of the ole so dreaded non-traditional. First of all the job is indeed non-traditional. Who opts to become a college consultant, but a broke down high school counselor or psychology major? I’m either one, so I guess that’s my calling.
First of all the proper steps have to be taken to return to college. I would love to go to survey groups of people on their college experience, but I’m not a market researcher. (And marketing is not my major!) Hey I’m not telling mine!
Returning to college can take time to figure out. What does one want to do in life? Figure out what you did the first time in college. Did you take the strong interest career test or myers-briggs? People always do better at assessing the second time around, even though its not pass or fail. The reason why student assess better at the second time because maturity and interests have caused their answers to change. If you have gone through psychological problems, you may want to become a counselor and use the self disclosure technique.
Make sure you are in good standing financially and academically with the college that you previously attended and make sure all business and school holds are off your record.
If you don’t want to go to the same college you attended, decide if you want to go online, at a university, or community college.
When you pick your school ask is the school regionally or nationally accredited. Regionally accredited is the standard, but nationally is good also.
Also ask the school how much is per credit hour. This is where financial aid falls in place. Defaulting on previous loans will kill you. There are two old ladies called Sallie and Nellie Mae that will hurt you. This refers to the government lender name. If you have defaulted you are not even eligible for government grants or loans until you have paid your monthly payments at least six months. You default will clear your credit after nine consecutive payments. After you clear yourself up financially, you are ready for further steps.
Look at the schools degree plans and make sure that its tailored. If you like the degree plan, then enroll in some courses.
Ask the school are your courses transferable from your previous institution. Submit all official transcripts from colleges attended.
See if assessment tests need to be taken. You are more likely exempt because you have already taken this and passed at your former institution.
College can be difficult, but you should succeed the second time around.