and the Non-traditional Student
Ever watched that sitcom called Community
on NBC? The actor/comedian Chevy Chase plays the lone old guy attending
a community college
with a bunch of younger, hipper characters. Sometimes Chase’s kooky old guy character is the way we think of going back to college
as a non-traditional student. If you’ve ever wanted to go back to college
as an older adult but don’t wanted to be "that old guy" (or gal) that’s out of touch with youth culture, then this entry is for you.
A non-traditional student has one or several of the following characteristics: students older than 25, students who have full-time careers, students who are financially independent from their parents, and students who have children.
If you meet this criteria, first of all, realize that times have changed and you’re definitely not alone in your efforts to get your butt back in school after the traditional age of 18-24. In fact, even way back in 2002, about 40 percent of all college
students were older than 25, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Also, more than 30 percent of college
students who enroll in college
do not complete their bachelor’s degree for one reason or another, creating a large pool of people who may decide to finish what they started many years later.