Old Man College Student

29 Jun

Here are some things I have noticed as an old man going back to college.

1) The Teachers are almost the same age as me. This means that when they try to act like life experience is the greatest thing ever, I can laugh. (I do laugh) During my Tech Writing class we had to do a resume, and the teacher said that we simply did not have enough work experience to have a resume larger than one page. I raised my hand, and she immediately corrected the statement.

2) Some of the Students are not as smart as I wanted them to be. Oh My God, was I that dumb when I was in college the first time? My .75 grade point suggests that indeed I was (that is right POINT 75)

3) Going to Class is of utmost importance to success. Wish I would have learned this lesson about 13 years earlier.

4) There are many other Old man and Old woman college students. I feared I would be the lone elder, but there are others of my kind. So, take heart if you are considering going back to school.

5) I am not as dumb as I thought I was. I was having anxiety attacks about going back, fearing failure, but I realized that I can do it if I just put my full effort into it.



Posted by on June 29, 2013 in From the Desk of the Author


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16 responses to “Old Man College Student

  1. Paul Davis

    June 29, 2013 at 6:29 am

    Keep at it! I know when I was in school there were quite a few non-trad students. Awesome that you’re there.

    • Len

      June 30, 2013 at 12:21 am

      Yeah, thanks for the encouragement. I had to get my life going, even if it took me to almost 40 to start it up.

  2. miaka1977j

    June 29, 2013 at 6:59 am

    Congrats on heading back in! That is phenomenal!

    • Len

      June 30, 2013 at 12:20 am

      I appreciate it. I am really trying to knock this out.

  3. whyorick

    June 29, 2013 at 9:28 am

    You know there are quite a bit of elder students at my college to. Hopefully all goes well!

    • Len

      June 30, 2013 at 12:20 am

      Thank you for your support. So far so good *crosses fingers*

  4. R. Hans Miller

    June 29, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Your experience echoes mine. My gpa was better but not by much. Now I’m holding a 3.79 and wondering where my brain was back then.

    • Len

      June 30, 2013 at 12:19 am

      Yeah, it is not even overly difficult. I must have been an absolute moron. Good luck to you.What is your major?

      • R. Hans Miller

        June 30, 2013 at 12:53 am

        Journalism. Still debating a minor. Should have my associates next Spring; then on to the bachelors. Hopefully a masters, eventually, if only for my own pleasure.

        I guess a man knows he’s grown up when he starts enjoying school.

  5. Trinh

    June 29, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    I resent your old man prejudices. Flying to school in your house attached to balloons. That’s an UP reference. That’s a Pixar movie reference. That’s an animation company. Animation is a moving picture reference.

    • Len

      June 30, 2013 at 12:18 am

      Marry me again!

  6. corwel87

    June 30, 2013 at 1:04 am


  7. disperser

    June 30, 2013 at 1:34 am

    I can’t contemplate the idea of going back to school . . . for one, I’m nearly 60, but the main reason is that trying to slap sense into people is frowned upon by authorities.

    They classify it as “assault” instead of “trying to help”.

  8. corwel87

    June 30, 2013 at 7:50 am

    I laughed when I read the part about the intelligence of other students. I have to say it is probably way worse at the junior college haha. I am curious to see for myself this fall !

  9. schedim

    July 1, 2013 at 9:38 am

    I return to the university now and then (trying to scrape together the last few remaining marks for the exam in the field I have worked in the last decade and a half). I feel the similar experiences like you, but i have forgotten somehow how to sit quiet and listen for an hour in a strech. The ordinary meeting tactics of zooming out and react on keywords is a bit … counter productive….

  10. Linda

    July 26, 2013 at 6:39 am

    When I was a freshman, there was a 70 yr old woman in my chemistry class. She went to med school after she finished her B.S. I have always told my son . . . Education is a present you give yourself. There is no age limit on the love of learning.


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