Back to School
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Back to School

Did you know that many Colleges, Universities and Community colleges offer 'Free' classes to Seniors (well now NewTimers)?  While enrollment is usualy on a 'space available basis' there are hundreds of classes you can 'audit' for no credit; just to expand your knowledge.  There are even many Senior Scholarships available.

NewTimers in the Classroom

There is money out there for seniors who wish to earn a degree or just want to continue learning about new things. NewTimers may never developed a real interest in learning until they reach leave their first career behind. Finding NewTimers in classes is not longer that unusual.

Many Professors enjoy having older, seasoned, experienced people in classes that may provide 'real life' temperament to the classroom instruction/curriculum .  The perspective of experience often raises important considerations in the class, often not considered by the younger students and professors alike.  Heck, the professor may well be 30 years younger than the NewTimer in the class.

Students will often enjoy having someone with real life experience to provide perspective and insight to the information being presented.  Many times a NewTimer will have OJT (on the job training) and never received formal education in a specific area.

Providing educational opportunities for those over 60 is so important that many states may offer free tuition to resident seniors.  You will have to check with your state to find the rules/regulations governing the tuition rules for NewTimers.

For many, actually studying and receiving course credit towards a degree or advanced degree may be desirable; instead of simple learning experience.  Adding to your existing degree credentials may be both personally rewarding as well as providing a basis for your new career.

Maybe receiving a teaching certificate is important to you to become an associate professor or other school instructor.  While not for the faint of heart, this is an avenue that you might want to consider.

Expanding the Mind with New Learning

Most have heard the term, "Use it or loose it!" This applies to your mind/brain as well as the rest of your body.  While physical exercise is important, so is mental exercise to keep the synapses firing, the memory sharp and the ability to create new pathways and knowledge.

Learning new things, with formal education or just reading and learning new skills is critical for an active agile mind.  Learning woodworking, auto/engine repair, who knows; learning is learning.  The more you learn the easier it is to continue to learn new things.

So think about taking that course on Ancient Mayan architecture or the Geology of the San Andreas Fault (important to residents of California) or whatever you choose.