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This is what it's like to go to university as a mature student
This is what it's like to go to university as a mature student | Mature students | The Guardian
But there is ample evidence that most who take the plunge are successful. Olive Keogh reports. This is the time of year when would-be mature students are weighing up the pros and cons of embarking on a third-level course. The deadline for applications is looming, and inevitably there are niggling doubts. Ask any potential mature student to name their fears and the list will read something like this: will I be able to understand the lectures; will I be able to write an essay; will I make friends; will I be able to find my way around the library; will I be able to develop a successful exam technique? The answer to all of these questions is yes!
Advice for mature students
A university group says that the government's review of tuition fees in England should make a priority of finding ways to attract more mature and part-time students. The Million Plus group says there is a "huge pool of untapped potential" among adults who missed out on university. Les Ebdon, head of the university access watchdog, backed calls to reverse this "very worrying trend". Part-time students also saw a significant drop in numbers - and this often overlaps with older students, who might be working and unable to study full-time. The Prime Minister, Theresa May, has launched a review of post education, which will examine fees and financial support for students.
After going through a divorce, Ella McManus, 36, decided to leave a minimum-wage job and study a degree in business at Nottingham Trent University while looking after her three children. When I started university I was nervous about being older and not fitting in. But it all depends on your personality — you can ostracise yourself, or you can decide to blend in. People say the social life is the best part about university, but for me it was the learning. Looking behind the scenes at business, understanding the theory: I loved it all.