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Going Back To College When You Are Over 60

Senior citizen women college graduatesThere are many seniors who find that they have a lot of time on their hands once they retire. Many seniors take this time to travel, however, those who have always loved to learn often go back to college in order to quench their desire to learn. Going back to college at the age of sixty is sometimes difficult for the person to comprehend. They may worry that this is going to be harder since times have changed, or they may even worry that they will stick out awful in a classroom full of young kids. However, the good news is that more and more seniors are going to back to college, whether this is to simply learn or to learn a new trade. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

1. Many colleges will allow those who are sixty or older to simply sit in on classes to learn without paying tuition. It is up to the person as to whether they buy the textbooks for the class or not. Each state is going to be different as to what their college rules are, and these can vary from one college to the next.
2. More and more classes are being offered online, meaning you could get the education that you want without ever leaving your home. This is great for those who may have health ailments that could keep them from attending classes regularly.
3. You may want to consider your local community college, rather than a big university. Statistically, more older individuals stick to schools that are closer to home, and community colleges often have classes that start later in the day for those seniors who may have a part time job or prior commitments.
4. Do not let fear stop you from attending classes. You are going to find that is can nerve racking to think about going back to school. However, if you truly want to do this, you should jump in. Do not worry about what other people may think of you or your age. You are doing this in order to better yourself, so who cares what other people may think.

Group of mature students in a college classroom

When you start new classes, be prepared for things to be a bit different than they were when you first went to school. Things have become more technological, meaning that you may have to take a few classes just to know what you need to know for getting through a class. Luckily, many communities offer free classes to train seniors in technology, something that is definitely worth looking into.

If you have always wanted to go back to school, but never got the chance, now that you are sixty, it may be the best time to go back. You can choose to use this education to find a new job or simply find peace in the fact that you have expanded your own personal knowledge. Either way, be prepared for change, and be prepared for having fun, as college courses can be a very enlightening aspect for a person to participate in.

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