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mike_c Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-10-09 01:36 PM
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1. there is something to be said for waiting until well into adulthood...
Edited on Thu Dec-10-09 01:38 PM by mike_c
...before going to college, I think. For some students, having somewhat better means, longer economic history, different expectations, and so on are among them.

I didn't start part time community college until I was in my late twenties, and didn't complete my baccalaureate degree until I was in my mid thirties. Of course, "non-traditional" students bring another whole set of issues to the table-- focusing on my education at that point in my life undoubtedly contributed to the destruction of my marriage and family life. But the fact remains that at 18 or 19 I simply could not have done it-- couldn't afford it, wasn't mature enough, focused enough, and arguably, wasn't intellectually prepared.

Now that I'm a university prof, I find that more mature students OFTEN succeed better than late teenagers or early twenty-somethings. Not always, of course, but maturity IS a contributor to the likelihood of academic success.
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