Returning to school after 50 is an amazing experience paralleled by none. As a mature adult, learning takes on a whole new meaning. The act of studying for instance, reawakens our intellect, and once again, reminds us to ask ourselves, this time at an older age, what is really important to us?
Taking in new philosophies after 50 challenges our old thinking patterns and, suddenly, we find ourselves paying closer attention to almost everyone and everything around us as our perspective changes.
Education brings its own awareness as we take in a whole host of exciting facts. At this time in our lives we can better appreciate the privilege of learning than we have in years gone by. This is mainly because to these facts we can add years of our experiential knowledge.
Working through problems on practically a day-to-day basis, just naturally, makes us more aware of what aspects we should notice about the other dilemmas we encounter. Unlike when we were younger, we recognize that we may not be able to resolve a particular issue, and if this turns out to be the case, we find that we are less resistant to this reality. Ultimately, at this stage in life, what we learn helps us to be more logical and infinitely, more definitive.
Being in school can take years off our ages. As students, we begin to feel young again and with these feelings, we find ourselves, more energetic. Being a student brings our inner spirit to life, and gives us freedom to be the age we feel.
Here are some additional reasons why we would want to return to college after 50 –
- Unstable economic future
- Difficulties getting work
- Unable to retain position due to lay-offs
- Unfinished business related to interrupted goals in one’s youth
- Increased longevity and better quality of life makes it possible to pursue college courses
- Opportunity to engage in double-duty (distance education makes it easier to attend while watching grandchildren)
- Newly divorced
- Learning in one’s older years is an exciting adventure
- You want to achieve the success of making it through college
- It reawakens one’s curiosity
- Finished rearing children and caring for grandchildren
- Newly married and requiring higher socio-economic status
- To purse a degree in an area of true interest
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