People often fear age and economic status will prevent them from continuing an education. Although a valid fear, people overcome this every day by enrolling in educational facilities throughout the country as a non-traditional student. Enrolling as a non-traditional student can seem daunting at first, but it is extremely rewarding in the long run. In fact, being a non-traditional student is becoming increasing popular in today’s society. Due to the fact people are having more than one career change throughout their lives; and many people are going back to school to receive more training. Janice Williams is an excellent example of a non-traditional student who overcame some challenges to pursue an education.
Janice’s determination to learn is apparent. She has attended business programs at various colleges in South Dakota and Minnesota. She is currently a student at Takoda Institute in the Health Information Technology Specialist program and is on track to graduate at the end of November.
Janice decided to come back to school as a result of the retail industry becoming harder for her with age. Once she made the decision to come back, she decided to pursue a career that would be easier on her as time goes on. Her goal is to finish her degree and become and medical office manager.
Non-traditional students often experience barriers when coming back to school. Janice described her barriers with her asthma and transportation, as obstacles that she had to overcome to make her education goal a reality. Thankfully, her asthma is under control now and she was able to receive bus passes for transportation assistance to get her to class.
Non-traditional students not only face challenges during the enrollment process, but also often have to overcome challenges while in school. Janice said for her the main challenge has been learning to deal with being easily distraction as result of no longer being employed. In order to combat this distraction, she utilizes her out of classroom time to prepare for class and finish all her homework.
Going back to school has helped shape this awesome perspective and confidence which Janice displays. “I still remember a lot. I try to get good grades. I feel good about myself. I have a great sense of accomplishment. I want to finish school now and complete my Bachelor’s degree,” Janice said.
Janice’s example is truly one to admire as she continues to on the path of education. Her success is symbolic of the successes of many non-traditional students. As she approaches the end of her program, she is a great example of how education is always worth the work. Her advice is to “get your education; it doesn’t matter how old you are – we are never too old to learn. I am a non-traditional student and I enjoy learning.”