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5 benefits of going to college later in life

Submitted by
Jasmyn Solberg

Sometimes people can assume that if you're not a 20-something-year-old, you can't go to college. We're here to tell you that it is false. There are a lot of benefits of going to college later in life. Here are a few of them:

  1. More time allows for finding your genuine passions in life. For some, they know the exact path they want to pursue. For others, it may take more time, and that's okay. Taking time to determine what you're interested in is a good thing. So, don't sweat it!
  2. More program options. New and exciting programs continue to unfold, so the opportunity to find one you're interested in is endless.
  3. You've had more experiences. Those experiences help to shape us, and the chances are that they've helped guide you to where you are right now. You can use those experiences to help navigate your education.
  4. Your life isn't cookie-cutter, and how you learn doesn't have to be either. You may work part-time, full-time, or night-shifts. You might have children, pets, or family members to support. With flexible options, you'll find something that will fit your life.
  5. Advancing your education may be a chance to boost your current career. Times have changed, and what we're learning today is much different than years ago. Learning something new now can help elevate your career for the future. 

The most significant benefit of going to college that we didn't mention? The fact that you're furthering your education and choosing more for yourself. That in itself is huge, and the learning and growing that you'll experience at college will help shape your future. So, no matter what stage of life you're in, remember that there's more to learn


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