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The Pros And Cons Of Being A Student In Your Thirties

One age does NOT fit all.

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Your laptop was cutting edge when everyone else was still in high school, and you can't run half the software without getting a new machine.

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With a life full of people and obligations you are MORE distracted and find it tricky to balance it all.

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Things get awkward when you can clearly recall historic moments that your classmates were not even alive for.

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You have more contacts to help you and you already have a friend/family support system established.

Younger students may feel uncomfortable including you, especially in social situations. May be harder for you to develop new contacts. The time you are spending in school may isolate you from other people your own age who are not in school.

There are less loans and grants available to you especially as you pursue graduate studies.

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You may struggle with feelings of being “behind” others who finished the same level of schooling in their twenties.

You are faced with harrowing decisions like, “Do I stay home with my sick child, or do I get to this important test.”

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You may be comfortable with a status quo you’ve established. It can be hard to upend a life that is working relatively well.

Your definition of success is more nuanced and you quickly recognize obstacles to achieving it.

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It can be tough taking feedback from other students (and sometimes professors) who may be way younger than you.

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Others assume that since you’re an older student that you are slow or hampered in some way.

You’ve learned to not sweat the small stuff. Whatever course has brought you to where you are you understand the value of living in the moment and making the most of the road ahead instead of measuring the path behind you.