The Benefits of Going Back to College Later in Life

The decision to go back to school can be a tough one to make, but there are actually perks for those taking a less-traditional route. In fact, sometimes the “later-in-life” student might have some advantages over more-traditional students.

1. You Know How to Manage Your Time

Many nontraditional students have moved out of Mom & Pop’s and have been busy supporting themselves, and possibly a family. Adding college into an already-demanding schedule can seem impossible, but you have experience juggling already, so figuring this out will be a little easier for you.

Be sure you communicate with your friends and family about what you will need help with, and let them help you. And remember that nursing school won’t last forever, so these adjustments will only be temporary. (And worth it!)

2. You Know What You Want

An adult entering (or re-entering) the collegiate realm better understands what they want for the future, having a past or present from which they want a change.

And you understand the importance of time management in a way that applies to the real world based on your own personal experience. This clarity of purpose can drive you to stay focused and motivated throughout your studies, ensuring that you make the most of your educational opportunities.

3. You Have Developed Healthy Coping Skills

It’s safe to say that if you’re returning to school as an adult, you’ve probably been managing your own life (and maybe even the lives of your children or family members) for a while now.

You understand that it’s important to look at the big picture and are willing to work hard to do whatever it takes to get the job done. One bad grade doesn’t mean you should hang it up and quit. You have the maturity to know that it just might mean you have to ramp it up and try harder or ask for help, and you also possess the confidence which will tell you that you will succeed if you consistently improve.

4. You Bring Real-World Experience to the Classroom

Your life experiences can greatly enrich the learning environment. Whether you’ve been in the workforce, managed a household, or both, you bring a wealth of practical knowledge that can provide valuable insights and perspectives to classroom discussions. This experience can also make theoretical concepts more relatable and easier to understand.

5. You Have a Stronger Sense of Self-Discipline

Over the years, you’ve developed a strong sense of self-discipline and work ethic. These traits are crucial for academic success, especially in a demanding field like nursing. Your ability to stay focused, manage your time effectively, and persevere through challenges will serve you well as you navigate your coursework and clinical experiences.

6. You Can Leverage Networking Opportunities

Returning to college later in life can also expand your professional network. You’ll meet fellow students, professors, and industry professionals who can provide support, mentorship, and job opportunities. Your maturity and life experience can help you build meaningful connections that can benefit you both academically and professionally.

7. You Appreciate the Value of Education

Having spent time in the workforce, you likely have a greater appreciation for the value of education and the opportunities it can provide. This appreciation can drive you to make the most of your studies, fully engage with the material, and strive for excellence.

So, let’s get started! Schedule that information session or follow-up appointment you’ve been putting off today. You’ve spent a lot of time cultivating the awesome adult you’ve become, and you now have the skills needed to create the life you’ve always wanted.

Yes, it might be tough but anything worth it always is.


Antigua College International welcomes students of all ages and backgrounds. Whether you’re starting your educational journey for the first time or returning to pursue a new career, we’re here to support you every step of the way. Apply today and take the next step towards a rewarding career in nursing.

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