Advice for Parents Going Back to School

It’s safe to say, that the pursuit of higher education has undergone some pretty big changes over the past several decades. The traditional 4-year university system is now just one option, with technical / trade schools, community colleges and even completely online universities, offering a whole new way to pursue higher education. And the face of “traditional” student has changed as well. The fresh out of high school 4-year university student, is now just one of many students all striving to achieve their goal of a brighter future.

In fact, according to one study, one in five college students are parents. So, if you’re among the many parents going back to school later in life, you’re in good company. But you’re also probably wondering how you’ll balance it all. Fortunately, we’ve got some great tips for navigating the road to completing your education and keeping your sanity while you do it.

Set yourself up to succeed with a plan

Let’s face it, you’re going to face some obstacles. How do you get the little one to soccer practice or make it to the parent-teacher conference when you have a class at the same time? Have a plan in place for how you’re going to deal with all of the above and any other family obligations you have. Talk to family and friends to build a support system up front. Chances are, they’ll be eager to help you achieve your goals of a better future. You should also be upfront with your employer to make sure they understand what you’re trying to accomplish. Some employers even offer tuition assistance.

You should also consider creating a study space that actually works for you. After all, it can be tough to concentrate with the maniacal sounds of “baby shark,” or the Jonas Brothers on blast in the background. It should be comfortable, quiet and a place you like being. And finally, make time your friend, not your enemy. If you’ve always been an early bird, capitalize on that by getting up an hour early to study. If you’re a night owl – use it to your advantage. Plan ahead for all aspects of what getting your education will involve.

Believe in why you’re doing it

Not just believe in it, take the time to make sure your child or children believe in it too! There’s nothing worse than leaving your little tyke wailing for you to “don’t goooo!!” Explain what and why you’re doing this and get them invested in your future by helping them understand this is about their future too! Which is actually the truth. According to a study published by the National Center for Education, children of college-educated parents are much more likely to pursue and complete an undergraduate degree than children whose parents did not attend college. That’s a pretty motivating reason to get back in the classroom! Not to mention, the average college graduate reportedly makes considerably more money than the average high school graduate.

Nobody said it would be easy but if you’re prepared and totally pumped to get on the path to a future that improves you and your family’s life – you CAN do this! You can take the first step by checking out the programs at Summit College. With a variety of Allied Health, Technical and Trade and Business programs to choose from, Summit is ready to help you make your dream of a better and brighter future a reality. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule a consultation with our admissions department.

In fact, according to one study, one in five college students are parents. So, if you’re among the many parents going back to school later in life, you’re in good company. But you’re also probably wondering how you’ll balance it all. Fortunately, we’ve got some great tips for navigating the road to completing your education and keeping your sanity while you do it.

Set yourself up to succeed with a plan

Let’s face it, you’re going to face some obstacles. How do you get the little one to soccer practice or make it to the parent-teacher conference when you have a class at the same time? Have a plan in place for how you’re going to deal with all of the above and any other family obligations you have. Talk to family and friends to build a support system up front. Chances are, they’ll be eager to help you achieve your goals of a better future. You should also be upfront with your employer to make sure they understand what you’re trying to accomplish. Some employers even offer tuition assistance.

You should also consider creating a study space that actually works for you. After all, it can be tough to concentrate with the maniacal sounds of “baby shark,” or the Jonas Brothers on blast in the background. It should be comfortable, quiet and a place you like being. And finally, make time your friend, not your enemy. If you’ve always been an early bird, capitalize on that by getting up an hour early to study. If you’re a night owl – use it to your advantage. Plan ahead for all aspects of what getting your education will involve.

Believe in why you’re doing it

Not just believe in it, take the time to make sure your child or children believe in it too! There’s nothing worse than leaving your little tyke wailing for you to “don’t goooo!!” Explain what and why you’re doing this and get them invested in your future by helping them understand this is about their future too! Which is actually the truth. According to a study published by the National Center for Education, children of college-educated parents are much more likely to pursue and complete an undergraduate degree than children whose parents did not attend college. That’s a pretty motivating reason to get back in the classroom! Not to mention, the average college graduate reportedly makes considerably more money than the average high school graduate.

Nobody said it would be easy but if you’re prepared and totally pumped to get on the path to a future that improves you and your family’s life – you CAN do this! You can take the first step by checking out the programs at Summit College. With a variety of Allied Health, Technical and Trade and Business programs to choose from, Summit is ready to help you make your dream of a better and brighter future a reality. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule a consultation with our admissions department.

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