6 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Going Back to School

Whether you're rebooting your career or just want to learn something new, your answers to these questions will make your decisions much easier.

By Kristen Sturt
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Oh, I should add, that, in response to # 3, my daughter is fortunate (if I do say so myself) that she has me to pick up some of the slack where her kids are concerned. I can take them to school some days, if she has an early class, or pick them up afterwards, if she has a later class and take care of them till she gets home. I'm also willing to chauffer them to and from a couple of extracurriculars when the schedule demands it.

Not everyone has that kind of help available, of course. And as the article says, this might impact whether or not a person chooses to return to school and when.

rosered135 on 2016-01-16 10:07:20

Recently, one of my daughters went back to college w/ a very specific goal in mind. Granted, she's younger than some of the people referred to in this article (she still has kids in grade school, etc.). But even so, she's older than most other students. And even she is a little surprised at how much technology is part of the regular classroom experience, as mentioned in # 5. She was delighted, however, that a recent course she took provided in-class computers for every student and that they were allowed/encouraged to use calculators for math computations, as well!

She's also surprised in how less motivated some of the students are than she is to study, etc. But frankly, I feel she was the same way when she was younger. That's one of the pluses for many people, I believe, of going back to school when they're older - often they are more sure of what they want out of college, more focused and more appreciative of what's being offered. It's not the answer for everyone, but it definitely is for my daughter and some others.

rosered135 on 2016-01-16 10:02:09

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