In the past few months, I have been talking to friends that I have not talked to in a long time. When They ask me what I am up to these days, I tell them that I am going to college. Then the 6 word sentence comes out. "I am too old to go back to college." This stuns me.
I have learned throughout my 4 years in college so far, that you are never to old to get an education and learn something new. Where I go to school (Chattahoochee Technical College), there are students there that are older than I am (I am 33). Now I am not talking about people who are 34 and 35, but there are students there that are in their 40s and 50s! That's right. In fact, if you click here you will find an article about a 95 year old woman who graduated from Fort Hays State University. That's right ladies and gentlemen! 95 years old!
Most people wonder how they are going to afford to go to college. Well there are grants out there such as the Federal PELL Grant and the Georgia HOPE Grant and Scholorship. There are tons of other ways to get financial assistance so that you can go back and continue your education. Georgia College 411 is a great website that can help you in the right direction when trying to choose a school to attend. This website was not around when I went to look for a college.
So you see, there is no reason to say that you are too old to go to school and further your education. There are hundreds upon thousands that love to learn something new. Perhaphs you are in a job that you would like to know more about, and get more training on it. There are hundreds of reasons why everyone should continue to further their education.
Now for a little story about me. When I was 16 I dropped out of high school. I went to Milton High School in Alpharetta, Georgia. I was working jobs such as Arby's, Burger King, etc. I wanted a change, so what did I do. I went to North Metro Technical College, which is now Chattahoochee Technical College and got my GED. So in 2006 I took the test and received my GED. I never thought that I would finish high school, I thought that I was too old to go myself, seeing that I was in my 20's when I obtained my GED. The teachers that I had urged me to go ahead and sign up for college classes. I asked them if I could even if I didn't have a HS Diploma or GED yet, and at the time if you were planning on getting your GED or HS Diploma, you could go ahead and start classes. So I took the advice of my wonderful GED instructors, and went to the admissions office and got the information I needed to start college.
To date, I have 4 Certificates, and am working on an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice, and hope to work in the investigative field one day. Within the courses that I have taken at school, I have also received approximately 10 FEMA Certifications. I took an Emergency Management course as an elective, and we did all of our coursework on FEMA Independent Learning. When I asked my instructor of this course if these would actually certify me in a specific learning area, she said that these certificates are actual FEMA Certificates. So after the course was over with, I received another Certificate in the mail saying that I was certified in Basic NIMS. (National Incident Management System).
So you see, it's never to late to go back to college, and you are certainly not to old to go back to college. Getting an education is a lifetime thrill for me because I love to learn, and I love to understand new things. So if you have always thought about going back to school, check out some local colleges and universities that are in our area. I have provided the link to 2 colleges that are near by here.
I would like to challenge all the readers out there, who think its too late to go back to college. You may surprise yourself. If you have any questions about the process to enroll into school, please feel free to leave me a comment, and I will be more than thrilled to speak with you on getting back into school!