Ask Kari: I want to go to college but I’m afraid I’m too old. What can I do?
Dear Kari,I recently became unemployed because the business where I worked closed. I am 34 years old and I have always wanted to go to college and get my degree in education so that I can become a teacher. Should I try attempting my goal now or am I too old to reach this goal? What if I am the oldest student in my classes? I am scared to go for it because I have always worked in restaurants, not schools. What do you think I should do?
--Dream of a New Life
Dear Dream of a New Life,
I am sorry to hear you lost your job because the business where you worked closed, but such moments in our life can help open us up to new opportunities. Yes, I do support you furthering your education and becoming a teacher. I strongly believe you will see a diverse age group in your college classes. By pursuing your education, you will grow yourself both personally and professionally, plus you will build a lifelong talent of teaching others, which should help with stabilizing your employment for the rest of your life. Go for it!
Kari O’Neill, MSW, LICSW, is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and the owner and Clinical Director of Issaquah Highlands Counseling Group (IHCG), which is now Kari O’Neill Counseling.
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