How to Thrive as an Adult Student

How to Thrive as an Adult Student

So, you’ve decided to go back to school. First off, congrats! You have chosen to join the other 8.9 million adults aged 25 and older enrolling in colleges and universities. Since there is a clear correlation between attending college and income, it makes sense that many adults decide to take college courses to advance their careers and boost their salaries.

Now that you have made this wonderful decision, it’s time to start planning for success. You don’t want to waste money or time. Instead, you want to take college courses as an investment in your future. Therefore, you want to do everything you can to thrive as a student. We’re here today to give you some pointers on making this educational venture everything you hope and more.

Choose Quality Over Quantity

When it comes to choosing where to attend school as an adult learner, you want to choose quality over quantity. For instance, don’t feel pushed to attend a four-year institution when you can earn the skills and certification you need at a career college like LA ORT in half the time. LA ORT’s goal is for students to master the skills they need for employment in as little time as possible. You are already “adulting” – why waste more time than necessary?

Make Employment Your Goal and Take the Appropriate Classes to Achieve This Goal

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As an adult student, you have bills to pay and people who depend on you. Rather than making it a goal to simply earn a college degree, make it your goal to earn a degree that will help you find employment. LA ORT offers programs in some of the fastest growing industries, making it easy for their students to find employment upon completion of their programs.

This is because LA ORT programs are designed to help students learn the skills and earn the certifications they need to be hired. With career-based education programs, students get real-life experience that they can add to their resumes, such as the hands-on learning opportunities students enrolled in LA ORT’s medical assistant and phlebotomy programs receive.

Identify Your Support Network

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To thrive as an adult student, you need to identify the people who will support you throughout this journey. Fortunately, with the growing number of adult students entering the classroom, you will not be alone, and you will find plenty of support. This includes those people in your inner circle, such as your family and friends. However, your support network also includes the built-in network you will find at school. For instance, your instructors and classmates will be invaluable. Plus, students at LA ORT will be happy to learn about Student Services, created to help meet the needs of students.

Manage Your Time

Next, you will need to manage your time. Taking courses as an adult means you likely are a working learner, which means you have to balance your work life with your school life. When you add in family and other responsibilities, you may feel like you do not have much time left. This is why it is so important to plan out your time. In addition to finding ways to fit your courses into your schedule, you should also go ahead and designate study times. Make Google calendar your new best friend.

Practice Self-Care

If you want to thrive and not burn out, then it is important to practice self-care. This is especially important for working learners or those who are parents or caregivers. Find pockets of time when you can do something for you that leaves you feeling rested and rejuvenated.

LA ORT Helps Adult Learners Earn the Skills and Certifications They Need for Real-World Success

LA ORT students thrive in the classroom and their careers because they receive a quality education. As a premier career college, it is our goal to help our students find careers they love. Our instructors and staff support students throughout the entire process – even offering employment assistance. Visit or contact us today at (800) 998-2678 to learn more.