You’ll Have A More Serious Attitude To Studying
With all the sacrifices mature students make to attend university, you’ll find yourself making absolutely sure you have everything you need to complete your course with good grades.
Be prepared to have a different outlook on study to your fellow students. You may also be shocked at the lack of preparation, thought or care that some students display.
How To Cope: Try not to judge younger students, we were all young once and if we’re completely honest, we’ve all made silly mistakes.
For the most part, others students effort, (Or lack thereof) shouldn’t really become an issue. However, during some semesters, where you might be asked to complete teamwork, it could become a big problem.
We would advise you make connections early on in your university career, discovering the students who have a good work ethic, and look to be placed with them during team or lab work. If you’re unfortunate enough to be placed within a group that’s not performing well, discuss your concerns with your lecturer.
Tutors see these issues come up again and again. They will often work with you to ensure your individual marks are not hampered by others lack of care.
Your Other Students Will Be Quite A Diverse Bunch
This was very true for me when I went back to complete my undergraduate degree. Before attending college/university, I worked in a pretty white, male dominated industry. Being around others who were from different ethnic backgrounds, genders or social economic backgrounds was a little scary at first. How would be get on, would we have anything common to talk about?
How To Cope: The best thing to do here is not worry! One of the best things university offered the second time around was to introduce me to all sorts of new experiences. Since graduating I’ve noticed my general outlook on life has somewhat “softened” and I now understand some of the things other people might go through in life to get where they want to be.
One Final Thing
However scared, worried or apprehensive you might feel about going back to university, you’ll be in exactly the same boat as all other students in your group. Even as a mature student, there are common things all students get worried about, young or old, rich or poor.
Try not to sweat the small stuff and focus on your reasons for being there, to get a great education and experience new things!