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Going back to college at 25 is not for the faint-hearted. You may think it would have been better to enroll immediately after high school when your mind is still fresh. Besides, starting college immediately after high school prepares for the rigors of college unlike someone who took years outside, chasing life. Even with such genuine concerns, people have stopped going back to college long after they finished high school. In fact, the trend has gained lots of traction in the last few years.

The National Center for Education Statistics estimates that the number of people going back to school after 25 grew by 13% between 2000 and 2011. However, you must realize that joining college at 25 is not a walk in the park. That’s why you need to prepare adequately before handing in your application. At 25, you have different needs, advantages and challenges that may not trouble someone fresh from high school. Here are tips to help you make a seamless transition.

Make use of yourself-knowledge: You haven’t been out of college working your back off for nothing. So make use of the knowledge and experience that you have amassed. Understand what has taken you to college and focus till your achieve your goal. You are no longer a teenager that is in school to please their parents. That means you can hang in there until you get that certificate even if things get a little tough.

Get a perfect balance: Returning to school as an adult is a fine balancing act. You have to attend to other demands such as family and jobs that are all competing for your time and attention. Acknowledging this many competing demands would help you to choose the right school and course that is designed to make you succeed.

Make use of support services: Adult students face various challenges when joining college and thus, need all the help they can get to succeed. Take advantage of all the support services littered in your college such as financial and academic advisers. You will find that their advice invaluable down the road in your educational journey.