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If You Are Going to Skydive, You Need a Parachute: Navigating the World of Higher Education as an Adult/Returning Student

By Sara Anne Hook and Cori Faklaris

Abstract

You have reached that point in your life where a change is needed. Perhaps you have been contemplating an upgrade to your skill set, a new degree or certificate, additional credentials or even a completely new career. The world of higher education has changed significantly even in the last few years and there are many more options for adult/returning students. Hybrid and online degrees and courses offer a particularly flexible alternative for those with jobs and family responsibilities or who are in rural areas not served by large universities. Savvy universities now recognize that women students want a sense of community in their courses and are looking for informal learning spaces, mentoring and support services as well as the opportunity to apply their skills and talents towards activities that contribute to the betterment of society as well as to increasing their incomes. This special session at InWIC is designed to offer insights, practical tips and encouragement to anyone who is thinking about – or in the process of – pursing additional education. The co-presenters will offer their personal experiences in navigating the financial, logistical and emotional/psychological issues involved in being an adult/returning student and will provide a number of useful resources for addressing these issues. The session will include time for participants to share their own experiences and to form a network for support in the future. Success is within your grasp, but in order to have smooth sailing, enjoy the view on the way down and not crash to the ground, you need a parachute – a plan for how you will address the risks, meet the challenges and maximize the opportunities and experiences that higher education presents. This InWIC session is intended to help you begin to prepare your plan

Topics: Higher education, Adult students, Returning students, Financial considerations, Emotional/psychological considerations, Academic success, Career planning, Logistical considerations
Year: 2016
OAI identifier: oai:scholarworks.iupui.edu:1805/11069
Provided by: IUPUIScholarWorks

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