Adult students can find that returning to school can be challenging. They may find their initial days at school very stressful. But, with a change in attitude and a little broad-mindedness, the transition back to school will not only be smooth, the experience will be enriching as well.
A few tips have been mentioned below to enable the adult students to fit in at school:
1. The first tip is to not let age come in between. You are as old as you feel. It is important to remember, that it is the attitude that counts and not the age.
2. Be broad-minded: As a non-traditional student, you may have to encounter generational differences with younger students. An old-fashioned approach will make them feel less approachable towards you. It is important to understand that the trends, fashion, lingo and behavior would have changed with times. Give yourself time, be patient and exercise restraint while jumping into conclusions. It is important not to make the mistake of judging a student by his/her looks. In fact, as a senior student, they would expect you to share your knowledge and experiences.
3. Go beyond same-age friendships: As a non-traditional student, you may be older to other students in the class. This should not mean that you make friends only with other non-traditional students or for that matter, even the teachers. If you distance yourself from the rest of the students, this will only make matters more stressful as you may feel completely out of place. In order to be comfortable in a class setting, you need to foster friendships with younger students as well. Initially they may not be very receptive, but in due course, with your warmth, experience and knowledge, you can win over them.