A New Chapter : The Surprising Benefits of Returning to University Studies After 50 and Tips for Success

Ever considered embarking on a new academic journey after you turned 50? Returning to university studies after the age of 50 is beneficial for your mental health in several ways.

Some of these benefits include:

💪 It keeps us mentally active.

💪 It gives a sense of accomplishment.

💪 It offers us social engagement.

💪 It opens new career opportunities.

💪 We benefit from personal growth.

And then there are some more unexpected benefits

Rest assured, there are plenty! There are some benefits you probably never thought of. Yet these benefits can enrich the second half of your life beyond expectations:

🎯 How about combating age-related stereotypes? By returning to university studies, you will challenge societal stereotypes about ageing. No nonsense about being redundant at 50. Show that it is possible to continue learning and growing at any age.

🎯 You’ll experience new challenges. University studies provide you with new challenges and opportunities to learn, the academic world will challenge your mind and leave no space for feelings of boredom and stagnation in life.

🎯 Keeping up with new technologies: Universities love to embed new technological developments, with the added benefit that you stay up-to-date with new technologies and trends. This ought to combat any feelings of being left behind. You are way ahead!

🎯 And then there’s intergenerational engagement: You will study alongside younger students and teachers. This helps combat age-related isolation and provides opportunities for role-modelling and mentoring. Ever thought of yourself as a future mentor?

Tips for Returning to University Studies in Mid-Life

Of course, it’s essential to be realistic about your capabilities and time available for university studies and to consider the potential stress on your mental health. Have a support system in place and prioritize self-care throughout the process.

Before you embark on this exciting new adventure, I have some solid tips for you:

  1. Don’t set your expectations too high, you’re not Wonder Woman (or Superman, for that matter), and you can’t do it all. Instead, be realistic about your capabilities and time available to invest in your studies. And if you’re struggling or feel overwhelmed, don’t be afraid to ask for help from your professors, academic advisors, or university support services.
  2. Self-care is vital; make sure to prioritize it. University studies can be demanding, so make sure to take care of your mental and physical well-being. This may include exercise, adequate sleep, a healthy diet, and setting aside time for relaxation and hobbies.
  3. Build a support system, don’t go it alone. It can be challenging to return to university studies, so it’s essential to know your family and friends have your back. They might even offer to feed you during stressful exam periods!
  4. Be open-minded and flexible, don’t get stuck in the past. University studies can differ from what you remember, so be open-minded and adaptable to new teaching styles, technologies and ways of learning.
  5. Networking, it’s not just for the young’uns. Part of the fun of re-entering University is the opportunity to spar with other students and professors. It’s a great way to sharpen your academic skills.
  6. Embrace the opportunity, and enjoy your life as an academic. Take advantage of the opportunity to learn new things and gain new skills. This is a new chapter in your life where you can grow and develop.

Remember that university studies can be challenging, but they can also be incredibly rewarding. If you’re motivated and committed, you can successfully return to university studies after 50.

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Angelique Hersman
Angelique Hersman
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