College Planning As An Adult

Living the Adult Dream

The daily adult drive

Last month maybe you were driving to work before the break of dawn for your military service or sitting in rush hour traffic going to a civilian job. You might have sat down to pay the rent or mortgage, tried to move your budget around to find enough money for an emergency auto repair, replace an appliance, or pay for some school activity for your child. You might have tried to improve your health and made a call to get an appointment to see a medical specialist only to realize you needed a referral. You knew when you started your day, you would have to make some U turns, decide which way to turn, and sometimes have two equally pressing directions to take at the same time. You have an adult life with adult daily challenges.

Silly Rabbit….College is for kids!

Somewhere along the way you have decided to improve your education or career opportunities. You’ve given the STRIPES-VUB program a call and have started researching your options. It can be frustrating searching online for information on entering the higher education world as an adult learner. You may be finding great tips like asking a High School English teacher for a recommendation letter. What? I don’t even remember her name and I doubt five years later she even remembers my name. As you try to locate information it becomes clear that most of what is available seems to be designed for a new college student who was trying to decide who to take to Prom a few months ago. You might even begin to tell yourself, “Silly Rabbit, college is for kids. Don’t be discouraged. College is not just for the kids. According to the UCO Enrollment Statistics & Demographics; Spring 2019 report, 24.6% of the UCO student population is over the age of 26 and the average age of a UCO student is 24.2. You are not alone in returning to the academic world with a more adult view of the world at large. You just need to create a plan with your adult perspective in mind to finish that goal.

Eureka! I’ve Found It

Recently, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education through the UCanGo2 initiative released an entire section on their website UCanGo2 College As An Adult dedicated toward helping adult’s plan, prepare, and pay for a variety higher education programs. Are you finding yourself lost in a sea of High School age tips? Give this web resource a try. I promise they do not give you a list of tips for selecting a dorm roommate or handling homesickness, as a current or former military member you’ve probably got that one covered.