Awesome Guest Post Alert!
This ain’t The Breakfast Club and you ain’t Ally Sheedy. Just sayin’ in case you forgot. If you are thinking that heading back to college might be just what you need to get through an identity or financial crisis, you may be having flashbacks the 80’s cult films you have watched over and over. You may feel like there’s no way you can go through all that school crap again. But returning to school isn’t like reliving your past school years! You are a different person and college is not the same anymore (and it’s certainly not high school)! So. listen up and let me introduce you to my girl- and the editor of all my stuff -Jacqueline Myers.
and lest you wonder where the feet pic is- we will use this instead
As an online college professor, I get adult students in my courses every semester. They are the brave bad-asses who know they need to earn a college degree to turn their life into what they want it to be. But just because they are sitting in my virtual classroom doesn’t mean they aren’t scared. They worry about dealing with technology, with balancing all their responsibilities and with the fear of failure. I know ‘cause I ask ‘em. Yet, there they are. And let me tell you, some of the best and brightest students I have in my classes are returning adults, in spite of the fact that they are not sure they can do it—the whole college thing. Some have tried before, but not finished a degree. Some never got started. Doesn’t matter. They have the desire and drive to make a change for the better—to get that career they have always wanted, to challenge themselves to see what they are really made of.
If you have considered returning to college, you’ve no doubt Googled “distance learning” or some such. Much of what you found was a sales ploy or scare tactic. Returning to college via online education doesn’t have to be scary. There are tried-and-true methods to succeeding in the virtual classroom, and honestly, many of them are just plain common sense. You know, the stuff you’ve had to learn in the School of Life. Returning adult college students have several advantages over fresh-out-of-high-schoolers, what we now call Gen Y-ers.
First, you’ve learned a thing or two by now about what it takes to get your $hit together and do what needs to be done. You grasp that to make the important stuff in life happen takes work, and you aren’t afraid to roll up your sleeves and do it, because you know it will be worth it in the end. You get that you will need to schedule your obligations to keep on top of it all. That you will need a Plan B for when things don’t go according to plan (‘cause they usually don’t).
Secondly, you know much more about your limitations and yourself. You are okay with saying “no” to some fun stuff to make sure you meet your obligations. You recognize what you really want out of life now that your frontal lobe has fully developed. You realize your strengthens and weaknesses—what you can use to get you where you want to go and what you need to watch out for so you don’t get distracted.
Thirdly, you know how tough it is out there in the Real World. You’ve lived through dead-end jobs and hard parental decisions. You’ve figured out that what you want won’t just be handed to you…that if you want to work with your brain instead of your back, you need an education, and you are prepared to do what is needed to make that move happen.
If you have the desire and drive to return to college, don’t let anything stop you, including fear! Don’t be stuck because you aren’t sure you can do it! Tap into your life experience (read the above until you believe it) and your Brat Pack attitude and go for it! And let me help! You can discover the 10 success strategies you need to succeed in the virtual classroom in Your Online College Course Survival Guide, a book I wrote for online college students like you.
Jacqueline Myers has been improving writing skills since the 1990’s and is still hard at work, struggling to put an end to comma splices and stamp out accidental plagiarism. She is an online college English professor and a freelance writer & editor, as well as the owner & writing expert at Nitty-Gritty English, a site dedicated to providing academic writing tips to the reluctant college writer. Have questions about your online college courses? She’s all about that! Just post your question on the Your Online College Course Survival Guide Book Facebook Page and she’ll help you out!