College After Thirty
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Never been to college and wondering how to take the
First of all, many colleges and universities have established
special programs and/or offices that cater to the needs
of re-entry students.
Check to see if the college of your choice has an office
that specializes in adult services. If that doesn't
pan out, most every college has somebody on staff who
takes telephone and walk-in inquiries from people just
like you. Simply call any college admission office and
ask for an admission counselor.
Never took the SAT and goofed
off in high school?
Relax. Many university systems have special admission
rules for re-entry students. Often, colleges will offer
a placement test in place of traditional test scores.
And here's even better news: many universities don't
consider high school performance for re-entry students.
You want to go to college, but
you're not sure which degree to pursue?
No need to rush. Many students attend college for years
before they decide on a major. You're allowed to be
undecided, and special advisors will help you select
course work that will fit into various degree programs.
Feel free to take a variety of courses and see what
fits you best.
Think you can't afford to go
Sorry, no excuse. There are plenty of ways to address
the money issue. First, call or stop by your institution
and ask for a schedule of classes. You may find that
classes are offered at hours that enable you to work
full time and attend classes at night or on the weekends.
Next, talk to your employer. You may be surprised-many
corporations have tuition
assistance programs. Then, apply for financial
aid. You may be eligible for a federal grant, or
you may want to take out a student loan. Either way,
the first step is the application. Finally, do some
homework in the library and on the Internet. There are
plenty of scholarships out there, just waiting for someone
to claim them! A financial aid counselor can help you
get started with all these steps. Call the Office of
Financial Aid and schedule an appointment.
You're already in college and
you want to be involved?
Contact your university's office of Student Affairs
or Student Activities to obtain a list of clubs and
societies. If you've been in college a while, you probably
have some idea what topics interest you most. If you
love writing, find out if there is a poetry club or
writers' group to join. Be creative! Do you love history?
If there is an archaeology department, they may be looking
for volunteers to help out on a dig.
Don't put it off. Get started on your life's dream
today. It can all begin with a simple phone call!
Grace holds a Master's in Education, and is an instructor at Armstrong State University.