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You Are Never Too Old to Go Back to School

I would like to challenge all the readers who think its too late to go back to college. You may surprise yourself.

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 (), 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 , 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.

Chattahoochee Technical College

Kennesaw State University

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!

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Cherie K. Miller May 16, 2011 at 04:25 PM
I went back for my bachelor's at Kennesaw State University when I was 45 years old. And, I rec'd my MA in Professional Writing in 2007, when I was 52. It's NEVER too late and I discovered a secret weapon for the older students in the crowd. We're a LOT smarter than the young'ns. Bonus!
Angela LaMotte May 17, 2011 at 02:59 AM
Ms. (or is it Mrs Miller)? That's great! I am so happy to hear about your accomplishments and achievements. It is people such as yourself that realize that it isn't too late to go back to school. I am very proud of you, and hope that others will take your testimony and will return to school to see what they can do. Everyone this wonderful lady above is just one of the many people that have returned to school! So if she can do it, so can you! Thank you for sharing on this post. It's great to see that people are returning to school to further their education, no matter what their age. Take Care
Angela LaMotte May 17, 2011 at 03:04 AM
Just to touch on this a little more. I have to do a little bragging. Just yesterday, my cousin graduated from The Cornell Law School. Her age? 52 years old. So this just proves that you are never to old. Congrats Kathy! I am so proud of you and love you so much!
Mandi Williams May 17, 2011 at 04:37 AM
Love this article! After 4 years of college and no degree. I went back to school at age 27. (I know, 27 is not "old" but still). I continue to further my education every chance I get. I believe that the older you are, the more focused you are and the more going back to school means to you. Thanks for bringing this to light.
Angela LaMotte May 17, 2011 at 02:03 PM
Hey Mandi! Glad that you loved the article. When going to college, you mostly see people who are fresh out of high school. Where I go, there are much older men and women there, and it's almost gotten to the point where it is out numbering the younger population. But that really makes me feel good because they are willing to get out and learn some new things.
Bobby Bagley July 12, 2011 at 02:47 PM
Osiyo Angela, I really enjoyed your article. I feel a person is never to old for an education, it can be college of self educated. after all Aristotle said: The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead. wado Bobby Bagley
Angela LaMotte October 18, 2011 at 04:54 PM
Thank you Bobby! I appreciate you reading my blog! I am glad that you enjoyed it! I love that quote. I may have to use that sometime!
Angela LaMotte October 21, 2011 at 11:35 PM
UPDATE: I just received word that my cousin, the one that just had graduated from Cornell Law School, has officially passed the Bar Exam! On her first try! So very proud of her. So now we have a Death Penalty Defense Lawyer in the family and one other getting ready to graduate with a Associates Degree in Criminal Justice in 2 semesters!
Grace Haynes December 28, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Hello Sherie, I am about to start my spring semester in college, and I was sitting here discouraged and I decided to google in "Am I too old to be in college"? and ran across this post...I was so encouraged to see your testimony. I am 47 and sometimes feel like its it really worth it. Thanks for sharing your story. ~Grace~
stella May 25, 2013 at 07:23 AM
Hi Angela!Just wanted to thank you for inspiring me to go ahead and return to college, I am 34 with 3 young children and the only one in my family of 7 to have not graduated, I will no longer be the black sheep!
TERESA August 25, 2013 at 07:25 AM
I am from London 52 years and about to start a History degree so that I can Teach History is secondary school--I had NO qualifications at all just called the Uni and they guided me all the way with a New beginings course that they have that will get me ready to start my degre--I have not felt this happy in a long time--I know it will be hard work I know I am older BUT I don't care about any of that I want it badly and am sooo excited that I am finally going to peruse a career that I have always wanted--There is not enough on the net about us older people going back to Education BEST WISHES EVERYONE AND GO FOR IT YOU ONLY HAVE ONE LIFE SO WHY NOT X X

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