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8 Things All Adult Students Should Know

You applied, you were accepted, and you’re enrolled in a program that will enable you to earn your degree and invest in your future. But soon after you started your courses, you might have become overwhelmed with the fact that you now have to balance going to school while working and supporting your family.

If this is you, we get it. Earning your degree as an adult can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Whether you were in school just a couple years ago or you’ve been out of school for 15 or more years, we’re here to help ensure that this time around is efficient and exciting.

Here are 8 things you should know as an adult student:

The journey ahead is worth it.

Earning a degree takes time, patience, and responsibility. And although the finish line might seem far away, it’ll be over before you know it. So relax, take your time, and study hard. A degree is something to be proud of, and the payoff will be worth it.

Your hard work will pay off…literally.

Speaking of payoff — did you know that you could potentially earn a higher salary with a degree? Whether you’re earning your associate, bachelor’s, master’s degree, or a certificate, studies show that professionals with a degree can make a higher wage.

You’re setting a great example.

A lot of adult students tell us that they want to earn their degree with their kids in mind. They want to set an example, showing them that anything is possible if you work hard. If you don’t have kids, you will still be setting a great example, whether it’s to your family members, your spouse, coworkers, or friends.

You’ll get the hang of it.

It can take some time to get back into the swing of things when it comes to studying and writing papers for school. Luckily, you’ll eventually get the hang of it! And if you need extra help, reach out to your professors. They’ll can provide you with some great tips that will help you keep up your hard work.

You’re not alone.

If you feel like you’re the only adult who is working and spending time with your family, along with earning your degree, you’re not alone. Thousands of adults all over the nation are earning their degree in 2017.

You have a community of supporters.

No matter if you attend college on-site or online, Colorado Christian University offers support to each and every student. Our professors can offer guidance via email or through a phone call or meeting. And we have a whole staff of advisors who are ready to help.

There are many resources available to you.

If you need help navigating Blackboard for your online courses, we have online resources that will walk you through the program. For any other tips, check out our blog for weekly inspiration, tips, and encouragement.

You can do it!

Lastly, we know it’s tough earning your degree as adult student. But you got this. If you put your mind to it, dedicate yourself weekly, and stay on top of your courses, your diploma will be here before you know it.


Read more tips for adult students on the College of Adult and Graduate Studies blog!