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.
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.
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?