Although many people in Georgia attend college immediately after completing high school, this is not the ideal path for everyone. Some may choose to serve their country by enlisting in the military and some may start families or careers. Eventually, after a few years or a few decades, some may decide to pursue a college degree, certificate, or diploma. Students who are beyond the traditional “college age” have several advantages when they return to school, including:
There are challenges that some 18 year olds may face when they begin college. For example, these younger students are likely living on their own for the first time with more freedom than they have ever experienced. Also, their social and dating lives can sometimes be a distraction from their academic pursuits. When you take college courses as an adult student, however, you already have a social and family life, so you can focus on your studies and career training.
Students who enter college directly from high school may have little real-world experience, beyond working an entry-level job after school or during their summer vacation. Adult students, however, bring a wider range of experiences with them into the classroom. These real life experiences, whether they are from military service, family life, or several years in a real job, provide you with the critical thinking skills and people skills you need to excel in your classes.
Younger students sometimes spend a few years of their college experience figuring out what career direction appeals to them. As an adult student, you are probably pursuing a specific course of study because you already know what you want to do. Whether you are working to advance in your current career or learning the skills for a completely new one, you have a clear goal set.
Chattahoochee Technical College is one of the best places in Georgia to begin your journey towards a college degree as an adult student. Call us today at 678-384-4958 for more information about our academics and career services.