The hardest thing I found about coming back to study my Bachelor of Education (Primary) at the ripe old age of 35 was the lifestyle sacrifice. I had a steady income, a great social life, lovely things, and most of all, admiration from family and friends … albeit superficial.
What I didn’t have was fulfilment. I could have played out the rest of my life travelling down the same professional path, trying various hobbies and experiences to satisfy that niggling, unrecognisable desire, but I knew it wouldn’t be right … for me.
Then I realised that I wouldn’t be making sacrifices, I would be making changes. Yes, my income isn’t anywhere near what it used to be, but that’s only momentary. I’m working my way towards a career that will bring me greater fulfilment, greater joy, and even greater opportunities for professional growth.
Uni social life is amazing, and there’s more of us “oldies” than you realise.
I am constantly being challenged by each unit I study, and there’s free, accessible study support for me everywhere I turn.
And most of all, I feel brave. Brave that I stared that change right in the face, put one foot in front of the other and took the leap toward a life that will bring me greater happiness.
If you’re thinking about returning to Uni as a mature-aged student, there’s always going to be reasons why it will be difficult. But trust me when I say, once you take a deep breath and make that change, you will be infinitely happier for it.
And remember, don’t mistake habit for happiness. Just because you know your life as it is now, doesn’t make it the best life you can live.