What are you waiting for? College Life

Hi Everyone:

What are you waiting for? You’ve waited your whole life, up to now, wanting to get your college degree. Four years from now, you will be four years older, with or without it.

Folks, you aren’t getting any younger. You might as well go for it.

I’ve had folks in my classes who were older than I am (yes, they were THAT old!). You are no longer an odd ball if you show up for class and are as old as Methuselah.  In many ways, you will be respected for being there.  You will most likely have an advocate with the professor and your fellow students will treat you with kindness (though they may think you are hard of hearing and that they need to shout, depending on your age).

At the present time, I have senior citizens who have medical problems in my classes, young people with a boatload of responsibilities, and a student who is HIV positive (the individual posted it in the introductions section of our classroom, so everyone knows it). The one thing this mishmash of humanity has in common is that they are all making their dreams happen.

That’s why I’m telling you now- it’s fine to be a “nontraditional student” and you can do this! Go for it!


Dr. Sheri


Sheri Dean Parmelee has a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from Regent University. She writes books on practical tips for people who become unexpectedly unmarried and is working on her second novel in a series of contemporary romance/suspense novels. She teaches at three colleges, working with students from freshmen to graduate students. Her hobbies include running 8 miles a day and reading biographies and fiction.


  1. Thanks for the encouragement!

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