Why Age Doesn’t Matter in College

Learning is a lifelong experience. If a person neglects to learn something, anything on a daily basis, then he or she does not have an open mind. For that reason, age does not matter when getting a college degree. In reality, students that do not enter college straight from high school may benefit in many  ways. 

At 47 I entered college, I had always wanted to return, but life happens and babies are born and before I knew it I was without kids, and time on my hands. I had been disabled for four years and and figured it was time for me to fulfill my lifelong dream. Now that a person is able to receive a college education on-line, and since I cannot drive, I started school in December of 2006. I am normally the oldest person in my class. That does not bother me. I know it takes me longer to do work than most for a few reasons. First I am disabled, and I have to read and reread things many times before I completely understand what I am learning. In addition, I am not 20 so I am not use to studying, yet i am doing better since I have been at it for a while. Today I am 50 I am a Senior with five classes until I graduate with my BS/P. Therefore, I am a very good example why it does not matter how it is how old it is when a person receives a college education.

The reason for this observation stems from watching young adults enter college right out of high school and dropping out after the first or second semester. The maturity level it takes for some is developed for the discipline needed to dedicate them to concentrate on their studies. Another factor is finances. Many young adults depend on their parents, grants or other funding to complete his or her education. Again, young adults may have a problem understanding the financial end of receiving a college education. Not all, but some young adults need life experiences to appreciate all the time, dedication, and financial obligations it takes in order for them to receive his or her college degree.

Young adults should enter college when he or she understands these obligations and they are ready to focus on his or her education. Older adults with life experiences understand finances, they realize the benefit of a college education, and appreciate the time and dedication needed. Older adults are more apt to fulfill the financial portion of receiving their education, and understand the consequences if they drop out, or do not make time for his or her studies.

Today like never before college is available to anyone who wants to receive a college degree. Older Americans are going back to school after being out of school for a very long time. Often, employers are paying part, or in some instance all of their employee’s college tuition to return to college to further their education. Employers would rather keep a good employee rather than hire another person with skills a dedicated employee can learn by returning to college.

College is a learning experience, one that all person’s young or old are afforded in the United States. Many older Americans were not able to take advantage of receiving a college education while they were younger. No matter the student’s age, the material learned in college is the same for everyone. The material does not change if a person is 18 or 70 for that reason age has no relevance when a person goes to college. Anyone who is willing to open their mind and expand his or her educational horizon deserves to be in college.

Oh, and by the way when I am 53, I will have my Masters in Adult Education, so no age has no bearing on what age a person goes to colleges.