Just wondering how many mature students there are out there if any.
If it's you, what made you go back to education? What are you studying?
Does age make it harder or easier to both to return to the educational environment and to study?
Are you considering going back?
As a mature student myself I would be really interested to hear the views of others.
I made my BSc at the age of 27. It's not a lot, but this year (I'm 29) I want to start an MSc. I don't think age really matters. Everything depends on the community, and your interests.
i still young,but i thing they come back to scool just for making the time pass so slow,
I got a BSc in Molecular Pathology and Human Genetics at 29 years old. I am currently not working in that field and at 34 am preparing for the SCJP and SCJD java exams. IMHO, mature students have an avantage over the average younger person because they tend look at the study and its associated costs as being an investment in a career. From my exp of younger students they tend to look at University as a social event rather than a place of learning. Please keep in mind that this is just my 2 cents worth.
I went back to studying after about 5 years working some of the worst jobs around and going back to study was the best thing I could have done but the thing is I think that if I'd done it straight from high school I wouldn't have made it through. As a teenager I had no motivation or real idea of what I wanted out of life. It took those few years of harsh reality to motivate me.
After realization that i have to go back to school and finished my 1 subject left academic program... 4-5 years out of school.. now i have my BS math degree!!!.. i got bored of student life that time. But i have no regrets because i also realized that there are much also to learn outside the four corners of the classroom.. i learned programming skills on a self tudy basis..
I'm practically 27 (in a month) and STILL studying. Next year starting august I'll be graduating for my bachelor in social studies, then I'll be a full fledged social worker. But after that I think I'll never quit studying, there'll allways be something interesting to learn, so I think I'll allways be a partime student. And happy with it!
I met some mature students on campus, and I dont think there is any thing not good about this issue. no matter about the age, people own the right of geting education and do whatever they want to, isnt it?
I'm not personally one, but I know a few.
I always find their perspectives on things refreshing.
From what I gather in talking to them:
- generally, they go back because of they want a change in career, or to upgrade what they have.
- age makes it both easier and harder. you'll probably find it easier to focus on your studies and get things done compared to your 'peers'. one comment my friend always makes is that she feels like she is babysitting when working on group projects simply because the younger group members are less mature and do not appreciate the learning process as much.
- environment wise - if you aren't too self-conscious, and really just aim to learn, I don't think you'll have a problem. and like what's been said, it really depends on the community you are in.