the Nontraditional student

Hey all! I hope your week is going well. It’s really flown by. It’s pretty much the week before finals for me.

It’s been amazing weather wise here in Ohio. It’s been just beautiful!

Something fun- I went to the Equine Affair a couple of weekends ago and it was AMAZING! If you aren’t familiar with what that is, it’s pretty much just a giant horse festival. If we’re still living in Ohio next year, I think I’m going to go all weekend. There’s so much to see and learn! Horses are a passion of mine. So anything horse related, I LOVE.

Onto my main topic….. I wanted to write about age and going back to school. A subject very near and dear to my heart. I never thought I’d be in my 30s and still going to school. But shit happens and plans change. I don’t regret any of my decisions in my life. It’s my path that I’ve chosen for myself. I’ve moved a several times, I’ve traveled, and discovered what really gets me excited. I never understood why on earth 17 year old kids should be making choices on what they “should” be doing with their entire life plus getting into a TON of debt. So I’m not too bothered taking my time going to school.

Think about it, the average person will change careers a few times in their lives anyway. And a lot of people that I know hate what they are doing and what they went to college for. I never wanted to become one of those people.

A little back story on my journey: I have been in and out of school since a little after high school. I never really knew what I wanted to become. For a time, I was very into health magazines. One day I was flipping through one of the magazines and started reading one of the articles. Then it dawned on me. I can become a registered dietitian and help people live the best life possible! So after talking it out with my man, I decided to go for it. I knew this wasn’t going to be any easy task. But Thomas drilled the saying into my head, ”If it was easy, everyone would be doing it.”.

There has been one of the thing that really bothered me going through this experience. It is my age. Questions constantly ran through my mind, “Am I too told for this?”. Any other question that could come in my mind, did go through my mind. I still question if I can do this but that’s natural. It’s a major event to go through when your an adult-no matter what your path looks like.

But let’s be real. This is one of the biggest frustrations in my life at the moment. Would I rather be doing other things? Yup! I’d rather be traveling, making more money, reading more pleasure books…..the list goes on. But I knew what I was signing up for. The bigger picture means more to me. Down the road, this is going to pay off. All the sacrifice that I’m making now, will pay off.

I’m almost done with my associates degree that has taken me forever. So I’ve had time to think about this. And here is the answer to “Am I too old to do this?”—–HELL NO. It’s all the frame of mind.

I’m more decisive of the decisions I make. I’m more interactive in class. I have a very different mind frame in class than most of the students-(hello?! I’m paying a lot of money to do this-I’m going to get my money’s worth.) Maturity. I’m not afraid to approach the teachers with problems or concerns. My age makes a big difference. Now, I’m not saying that this isn’t true of younger folks, but it’s happens to be true for myself. I know I’m a completely different person from who I used to be at age 20.

I’m proud to be a non-traditional student. I know what I want in my life and I’m going to get it. And being an adult student…..and owning that fact….makes me feel at peace.
Let me hear from you! Are you a nontraditional student?

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