I know I've said this before, but there are some very good blogs out there relating to nontraditional students and the challenges we face. There are also some great resources. Elizabeth Sheppard has a great blog. So does Deb Peterson. They are both listed on this site. Another great blog is:
The author says that returning to school as a nontraditional student takes a degree of courage. That is so true. If an 18-year old college freshman feels overwhelmed by the whole experience, how is an older 30-, 40- and 50something supposed to feel about walking into a world that a) they might have never been in, or b) has changed drastically since they were in it last.
It takes courage to forge ahead in a culture one is unfamiliar with. Elizabeth, Deb and a host of others are there help us "bravely go where no man has gone before!" Okay, perhaps not the best words of encouragement, but you get the idea!
There is a large community of nontrads out there who are sharing resources - experiences, financial aid sites, educational programs, etc. I am encouraged that I am not walking in this "brave, new world" alone. Stay tuned . . .