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#509 - 10/31/2003 14:36 PM future student? I'm concerned....
Terry Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 10/31/2003
Loc: nashville, TN
I married right out of high school and never went to college. 10 years and 1 divorce later I started thinking about going to college to become a professional pilot. Being a pilot has always been a dream of mine. My new wife is VERY supportive and excited about the decision to go to college. However, I went down and picked up the information today and now I'm a bit concerned. I looked over the course list and am really starting to wonder if I'll be able to make it. I consider myself an intelligent person, but I've forgotten so much in the last 10 years. Is this really a realistic goal?


#510 - 11/03/2003 05:05 AM Re: future student? I'm concerned....

Absolutely, you can do it!! I just returned to college last year after a 13 year hiatus (marriage, business, divorce, etc), and am loving it. I had some doubts-- will I remember how to study? Am I too old? Am I smart enough? Will I feel out of place?
I'm happy to say that I'm a straight-A student, have met lots of great people, and am throroughly enjoying the college experience this time around. I was a little intimidated by the technology and prevalence of computers, but I asked for help when I needed it, and it's been great. "No one can make you feel inferior without your permission" -- E Roosevelt

#511 - 11/03/2003 16:46 PM Re: future student? I'm concerned....

I started back to college 3 years ago after 20 years out of high school and I had all the same fears you mentioned. The best advice I got from my advisor was to start with 1 course- pick a subject you like and are sure to do well in. Being successful at one course will boost your confidence, and then you can think about taking more courses. Most importantly- just go for it! Don't leave room for regrets later on! As a non-traditional student who has made many friends on campus who are also non-trads- I find we are more likley to search out help when we need it. So that's my second advice- if you get into trouble take advantage of your college's services. Many schools have counseling centers, study skills labs, childcare, and a slew of other services that are included in your tuition. Also don't be afraid to approach the professors- I find them to be extremely receptive to non-trads. Good luck! Your goal is very realistic! It's really an amazing experience and I'm so thankful I took the opportunity when it was presented.


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