Applying for college as a mature student.

applying for college as a mature student

I applied to return to college as a mature student.

That’s right. Last week I grabbed the metaphorical Bull by the horns and hit the ‘Apply Now’ button when I was looking at course information. It was about 8:30 in the morning, I had woken up to the feeling that I am not going anywhere, I am not achieving anything, I will be 30 before I know it and I still can’t drive… negative. I decided to browse the web for courses that will teach me how to be a Nail Technician, looking for starting points, what qualifications I would need, what steps I would need to take to reach my goal.

I found so many courses on offer, almost all of them claimed to take me from beginner to fully qualified in a few short months for prices ranging between 700 and 1000 pound. None of these appealed to me, not only because they charge such extortionate prices, but also because they think 6/10/12+ weeks is long enough to teach me how to go from getting nail polish on my face when I paint my nails, to applying full sets of acrylic, gel and silk nail extensions to other people!
It’s not long enough, I wouldn’t learn it. I know how I learn and that’s by taking my time, step by step.
I continued searching, and after finding much of the same everywhere, I decided to look at the courses available to me in our local college.

I found that they offer a level one course which would give me the qualification that I would need in order to learn the extensions. It’s the starting point and I read through the course notes a couple of times. I also read the course notes for the level 2 and it showed what qualifications I would need to complete it. The qualification being the level one, it’s the only way to get onto the course.

I ummm’d and ahhh’d for about 20 minutes and then I just clicked it. I applied. Within 20 minutes of applying I received an email giving me a date to attend the college for a meet and greet, application process and an assessment.

applying for college as a mature student.

My heart was in my throat, I was so nervous but now that I have had a chance to calm down. I feel great about it. I am concerned that things may not work out so I will not be able to attend and that is worrying me more than actually going back to college.
There’s a few things I need to find out, the most important being the course fees, they’re not currently available so I don’t know how much it is going to cost. I will also need to look into financial support because I would need help to cover the cost of the course since education as a mature student is your financial responsibility so I would not be able to afford it without getting help with it. I will also need to arrange Before and After school care for Willow since the college I would need to attend is a 40 minute bus journey away. So lots of research needs to be done and going to the open day so that I can find out more information about the course, the course fees and kit fees, since I imagine I would need something along the lines of that, and possibly even a uniform of some sort.

On the whole, I am proud of myself for taking a leap. I am really hoping that I can do this now, now that I have adjusted to the idea of actually going, I would hate it if it turned out that I couldn’t do it.

Fingers crossed!

I will keep you updated.

As always thanks for reading!
Have you ever been back to college or education as an adult, what was your experience?

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6 thoughts on “Applying for college as a mature student.

  1. hananon90 says:

    good for you! College is a great experience that I wish everyone in the world can have. Wish you all the best.

  2. Amy M. says:

    This is fabulous! I’m so proud of you!!!
    I can weigh in on this one. I never went to college right out of high school. I had planned on it, but life things got in the way, and it just didn’t work out. (Which was sad, because I had received a full scholarship to my top choice school for Elementary Education, and I was heartbroken that I couldn’t go.) Anyway…Once I got myself stable and got my self esteem back up to a somewhat normal level, I decided it was time to do something with my life. I was about 30 when I finally went to college. Since I had applied to a very specific, limited program, I had to take a year to first go and get some basic classes out of the way. Then I was accepted to the specialty program, and completed it in 2 years. It was absolutely scary, I was so sure that everyone else in my class would be teens and young 20s…but I was wrong. There were definitely people much older than me, so I didn’t feel out of place at all. I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to learn and retain the info, but I did pretty well. So you can definitely do it, it’s not as hard as you may think it is!!!
    I wish you all the luck in the world with this. I had to get full financial help as well, so there’s no shame in that. Please keep us updated with how this goes!!

    • Faye Elizabeth says:

      WOW! That’s awesome Amy, well done 🙂
      Thank you, too, for being supportive. I am excited and nervous at the same time, I’m more excited to do it and get it under my belt but nervous because I don’t know whether or not I definitely can just yet 🙂
      I will keep you updated, that’s for sure!

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