High five, “mature” students. High five.
My first experience with university was not ideal.
I’d drive to campus hoping that as soon as I arrived, there would be some big emergency which meant we’d all have to be sent home – THAT’s how much I enjoyed it.
So you can imagine my surprise when some 15 years later I decided to enrol in a course as a mature-aged student. I finished it and promptly enrolled in another. When that is finished in a few months’ time, I have my next one all lined up.
What I’ve learned is that mature-aged students are pretty awesome at this whole learning thing, and here’s why.
1. Our brains have recovered properly from high school.
During my first year it felt like my brain was a computer that was lagging. I tried all the usual uni student reboots such as coffee, sugar and other legal stimulants, and none of it worked.
This time around I am all recovered and my brain is more like something that had gathered a bit of dust. I just brushed the dust off and it was even better than new.
2. We aren’t tired or hungover.
When it was time to enrol in my classes the first time around, I tried to make sure none of them started before 10am. Sometimes I would turn up exhausted and a touch hungover, and a few times I didn’t even bother sleeping at all and would go straight to class.
Not anymore. I am in bed and asleep by 9.30pm each night and I arrive at all of my classes annoyingly refreshed and sharp.
3. Not a lot of time is wasted flirting.
I still remember the boy I had a massive crush on during my undergraduate years. These days I am happily married with three children, so obviously I am not noticing any of the cute boys (my husband is reading this so I’d like to give him a quick shout out) and that way I am able to focus on my studies.
4. Procrastination is a luxury we cannot afford.
I have three children and a job and so I don’t have any time to waste. Procrastination isn’t something I can even entertain. I just have to get everything done as quickly and as efficiently as possible.