It’s true; I sometimes have to pinch myself to believe that I have been earning a higher education degree at my age. I am going to be a teacher in seven months, and I could not be more thrilled about the career that is ahead of me.
It all started when I began to search online about the possibilities of an older person pursuing a higher education after years of not going to college, or in my case, years away from the start of a college education that was abruptly halted for personal reasons.
It’s just amazing what I found online: That a person over the age of 50 could pursue a degree. It was just a matter of what degree someone could obtain, and how he or she could obtain it.
First, I looked into the traditional “brick and mortar” campuses out there, but what was really exciting was that I located several “online” universities that could provide a means to obtain a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree for a very busy, working individual like me.
Secondly, I looked into the cost of actually attending college. Surprisingly enough, most of the online schools are really affordable, and most are quite willing to arrange payments for every semester one could attend, whether attending part-time or full-time.
Last, but not least, I looked into what the requirements were for applying to the educational institutes; especially those that were available for me to attend online.
I discovered that I could start by submitting a personal essay on why I wanted to attend an online college. My essay needed to include my previous educational history, what I intended to do with my degree, should I earn it from a specific college, and why I believed I was a great candidate to pursue a degree at their institution.
The results I received were all positive, and I was able to decide on the best college that would fit my financial needs. Since quite a few of the schools were highly affordable, I decided to choose the most affordable one, which happened to be in a state close by me.
From that day forward, I was on my way to earning my first Bachelor’s Degree.
It can be tough at times to pursue college after the age of 50, but it has been worth it to me since I will soon be a certified, licensed teacher.