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    I was wondering what my fellow mature students thought what are the positive aspects of going to H.E. later on in life than when one was 18? Is it that when you go into Education later on, you have a more mature outlook on life, and on education? Does it help that when you go later on, you have more life experience and finances may be in a more solid position? I'm just wondering what the consensus of opinion is on TSR.
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    I'd've thought the incentive to study will be there.

    Students going in at 18, probably won't have the experience of full time work ergo studying is a chore, not a job.

    Mature students I know tend to treat their degree as a job and get good, structured, study time in. Not saying that non mature students don't, just my observations.
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    I see it as a positive as I am certain of what I want to do. At 18 years, the majority of students have no idea what they wish to pursue.
    Im glad i'm doing it now rather than when i was 18 tbf
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    Yes, I think you both make valid points. The chap who did my interview for course I'm going on, said to me that in general, Mature Students get better marks, not because they are more intelligent than their younger peers, but that a mature student tends to have more of a incentive and/or drive to get a good mark, and they have a more structured work/life balance.
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    Persective is a huge gift. After twenty-three years of a career which ended up paying well but eating my life, I really appreciate not being on call 24x7. No matter how stressful I've found points on both my undergrad and Masters degrees, they pale in comparison to working 48 hours straight, being called out on Christmas Day or being phoned at 3am and sworn at!

    I went to uni aged 18 and flunked out without a degree after two years. I was doing the wrong course for the wrong reasons and it made me bitterly unhappy for many years afterwards. I finally feel that I'm doing exactly the right thing, which is a total joy
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    That you aren't immature. (and let the negs come in :cool:)
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    Main positive - I got UUE at A level at 17, AAA last year.

    Willing to work tons and actually enjoy work after having a full time job for a number of years. Other students are confused by my enthusiasm.

    As I am a 'mature' student, the uni I applied to dropped my entry grades to BCD therefore dismissing the need to panic about getting grades on A level results day.

    Still only 22 though so I still look roughly the same age as my class mates which was a bit weird for them for some reason when they found out.
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    I think the motivation is greater because we tend to have a clearer idea of what we want and the hope is that with greater motivation comes better results.

    When I did A Levels I had no desire of going to university, so my grades suffered and I ended up with CDD. I'm currently on an Access course and I know what I want to do and I know how to get there. It's hard work but it's hard work I'm willing to do because I want to. I wasn't like that at 17/18 because I had no direction.
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    I guess the same as others have already said really. Myself personally if Id gone to uni at 18 I probably wouldnt have done very well as I wouldve slacked off more (Im not saying this is true of younger students but just how I was at that age).

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    (Original post by Klix88)
    Persective is a huge gift. After twenty-three years of a career which ended up paying well but eating my life, I really appreciate not being on call 24x7. No matter how stressful I've found points on both my undergrad and Masters degrees, they pale in comparison to working 48 hours straight, being called out on Christmas Day or being phoned at 3am and sworn at!
    Just out of curiosity, can I ask what you were doing?

    I think the answer is, ENTHUSIASM! haha. Massive cliche that mature students are always obnoxious and annoying, however I really can't wait to be a student again! I've been working for the same company for 4 years and its driven me mad with boredom there, stressful, and I'm really underpaid. I think if you want to do something, it doesn't really feel like work (does that make any sense?) like you're ENJOYING it, rather than just studying it because thats what you've been told to do.

    I have noticed that a large amount of this generation of youngsters (I hate to generalise but, uh yeah) are incredibly lazy, unmotivated, and just go to university because its now accepted as the "next step" you're supposed to do. Unfortunately, it feels to me like a lot of people seem to forget the whole point of education is to make you be able to make money, not just another 3 years to doss about until you have no other choice... Does anybody else know what I mean? For example, I went back into my old secondary school recently and there was a big display of people from my former year group on the wall and their educational achievements (A kind of, where are they now? thing) and wheras loads of people had graduated with various class honours it didn't actually say what they were doing for a career now. This is my problem with the current education system! (Sorry, went off on a bit of a tagent there)


    The biggest concern for me is financial worries now. If I had done it when I was younger I wouldn't have worried but now I'm an adult it could affect everything!
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    (Original post by CelticSymphony67)
    I was wondering what my fellow mature students thought what are the positive aspects of going to H.E. later on in life than when one was 18? Is it that when you go into Education later on, you have a more mature outlook on life, and on education? Does it help that when you go later on, you have more life experience and finances may be in a more solid position? I'm just wondering what the consensus of opinion is on TSR.
    Life skills, perspective, maturity, to mention only a few. I think the most important benefit of being a mature student is "Eagerness to success", because the majority of the time mature students have really researched the profession they wish to be in; which is often why mature students get the higher degree classifications overall.

    At least, thats the advantages I believe I have going to University this year.
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    (Original post by Jessykins)
    Just out of curiosity, can I ask what you were doing?
    I worked in the computer industry, mainly for financial institutions. Very high stakes if anything IT-related went wrong, so when it did, management immediately became stressed and abusive. No idea how I stuck it for so long, but the money's come in handy!
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    I'm currently 20 doing an access course, I am 21 in a few weeks and will be 22 at University. For me, looking at a lot of my friends I am slightly jealous of the fact they are finishing this or next year. However, for me it's bittersweet because if I had went to Uni at 18 or 19 I would be regretting my choice right now.

    I only decided earlier this year what I wanted to study 110%, before then, I wasn't 100% sure what I wanted to study. My degree choice now is going to give me more opportunities and I am going to enjoy the course so much. If I had went at 18, 19 or even 20, I'd be coming out of Uni with debts and regret.

    Not to mention, some of these people in my year are studying stupid subjects which I don't even know how they're expecting to get a job, I'm not gonna say which course they're studying in case I offend anyone lol.

    But yeah, I feel like that as a mature student, you know exactly what you want to study and where you want your career to go.
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    When I left school at 16 and went to study A levels, I spent the year getting kicked out and eating, socialising more than wanting to study.

    Dropped out, still living in parents house and messing around.

    Left home, grew up and realised the world isn't a pretty thing and that those who do not work hard will not end up where they wish to be.

    Don't live under the roof of parents, worked minimum wage jobs for the past 5-6 years, never having anything consistent or something to promote/move on to.

    Started an Access course at the age of 23, and working my butt off. Already achieved 8 units at Distinction and 3 units at Merit and still not finished the course.

    What am I going to tell the 18/19 year olds this September in University? One thing I have more than them? Life Experience !
 
 
 
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