When you think of a student in college you imagine a kid with a backpack, ready to start their life’s adventure. You don’t imagine a retired senior, hungry to learn. But this is quickly changing nowadays. Many adults who didn’t get an opportunity to study are now going to college. “It’s never too late” says 86 year old Martin from Palm Beach, Florida. Getting a degree during retirement has become very common.
Martin decided to skip college when he was young because he was hungry to start working. He worked hard his whole life and now he finally decided it was time to retire. Martin spent the first year of retirement at the beach reading books and enjoying the sun as well as playing tennis with friends. He felt something was missing, something to give him purpose. When his granddaughter suggested he study, he laughed it off at first thinking it was a ridiculous idea. She kept pushing him to try it and eventually he caved and agreed to give it a shot. He hasn’t looked back since.
Martin is not the only one. Many seniors have had the same thought and have embraced their retirement opportunity to study something they’ve always dreamed off. Getting a degree during retirement is not to get a job. It gives you purpose in life. There are many courses available online or in your local community college, that don’t require you to get a student loan.
Education at a later age has its advantages.
You can learn something you actually feel passionate about without worrying about financial obligations or a career. You can study a new language, history of art or philosophy. Another advantage is that it is good for the mind to study at a later age and can reduce your chances of getting dementia at an earlier age. If that’s not enough of a reason to sign up for a degree, we don’t know what is.