Going Back to School

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Finding the Motivation to Pursue, and Finish, Your Education

During an eight-mile training run recently, my thoughts turned to “Why do I run?” and “Why do I keep going?” Chuckling to myself, I knew the answers immediately. I run because of the numerous health benefits, and I keep going to achieve my goals. I think these ideas translate well to finding the motivation to …

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“Should I Go Back to School?” A Guide through the Decision-Making Process

“Should I go back to school?” You’re not alone in asking that question. And if you thought about it for more than a few minutes, you’re not the only one who has toiled over the answer. There’s a lot to consider. Time. Money. Energy. Family. Work. Just to name a few. Don’t you just wish someone …

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Facing the Quirks, Pitfalls, and Trials of Returning to School

It’s high time to talk about the challenges that come with getting settled back into the rhythm of school. Whether you’re going back to finish a degree you already started, or venturing into new academic territory, chances are you’re a little apprehensive. Only having just recently (maybe semi-) permanently finished with wrestling the semester-ly ritual, …

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Finding the Right Graduate Program for You

For many people, making the decision to earn an advanced degree is a smart move, one that can lead to more money and a more satisfying career. But deciding to go back to school is only the beginning. You now have to select graduate programs to apply to. It’s not an easy task, and you’ll soon find yourself swimming – or more accurately, drowning – in information. As you review the nuts and bolts of each program, always be asking yourself, “Is the program a good fit for me and my career goals?”

Going Back to College at 40? How to Decide if it’s the Right Choice

Jumping back into school at 40 or over can feel intimidating for a lot of reasons. For one, there’s the cost. When you have other financial responsibilities like a mortgage and family expenses, finding thousands of dollars for tuition can be challenging. Then, of course, there’s the aspect of readjusting to being a student after …

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Career Planning: How a Global Perspective Can Influence Your Degree Choice, Part One

Why Earn a Master’s Degree in the Midst of Your Career?

Going back to school for a master’s after years of experience in the working world is a wildly different experience than going to grad school straight after finishing as an undergrad. Although many “traditional” grad students have jobs, their lives still usually revolve around school. For adults with established careers, families and a slew of …

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Feeling Too Old to Go Back to School? Here’s a Story to Change Your Mind

Have you found yourself wondering “am I too old to go back to school?” Maybe you’ve thought about furthering your education for years, and time has just gotten away from you. Or perhaps there were too many obstacles in your way before, but now that they’ve passed, you feel like the right time has passed, …

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No One Said Going Back to School as an Adult Would Be Easy, but You’ve Got This

“Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong.” – Mandy Hale I know how difficult going back to school as an adult can be. I have been teaching a first-year college experience course at a local community college for the last 7 years, and have …

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