Being a Non-Traditional Student


I always dreamed I would go to college. It is what I wanted to do for a very long time. When I was in high school I didn’t have the grades to get into college and was discouraged from going. I ended up getting a job and going to work full-time for many many years. As the years passed I became more unsure about my ability to be able to do well even if I went to college. After years of hesitation and self doubt I finally started college.

Now when I first started college, I went to an online business college. These schools are created more or less for older adults trying to go back to school to get degrees while they work. This worked fine for my associates degree in general studies, but I knew that I wouldn’t be able to get a journalism degree online. Journalism is a hands on degree where you must write ALOT. I knew that I would have to go to a traditional college to complete my bachelors.

Going to a traditional college as a non-traditional student is different. It first meant I had to quit working my 9 to¬† 5 so I could focus just on school. I didnt work the entire time I was in school. It is much more difficult when you’re not a teenager for your mind to focus for long, so I knew working and school wasn’t going to be an option. I lived off student loans for the entire two years.

Traditional college means going to classes insteaed of taking classes online. It also means being in classes with people A LOT younger than you. It was an adjustment to talk to people who didn’t remember things from when I was a teenager. Despite this fact, I made a lot of friends while I was in college. People I am very close to and who I care about like family. I had great professors who taught me alot and helped me to develop into a better writer.

Now that my time in college is complete, I look back at my time at a traditional university with fond memories. It wasn’t easy, and there were many days that sucked, but I wouldn’t trade the experience for the world. So if you are out there and are thinking of going back to college, do not be afraid to try the traditional college route. It may save you money and it will definitely give you a lifetime of friends and memories that you will never forget.

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