qSome are single, some are married, some have kids, some do not, some are twenty-four, some are sixty-four...We are not straight out of high school living four more years of playfulness...some of us are in college to improve our future or the future of our children, many of us are changing an academic legacy by being the first in our families to graduate from college. Others are starting again after military service or making a new path out of a dead-end job or relationship...q ..q.I was tired of having spaghetti every night...sick of living in a dump of an apartment. The thought of having children was out of the question. I couldn't believe this was my life. An education was the only way to change that.q ..q.Hearing those phrases qIt's a girlq and qYou may now kiss the brideq made me think, qI am now a wife and a mother...never again a student.qq qThe desks sure hadn't changed, but in the past 20 years, I sure had.q Non-traditional students face challenges well beyond academia. In this anthology, adult learners share their personal journeys. Facing fears, overcoming obstacles, to graduation day, these stories will inspire anyone considering their own education endeavor.aI read it, and ita#39;s a good paper, a I interrupted. ... I can check my paper again. ... As I rushed to leave for class, she handed me information about a nontraditional student support group site that I later joinedaand information about this essay.
|Title||:||"Kids, Have You Seen My Backpack--?" and Other Inspirational Stories of Non-traditional Students|
|Publisher||:||iUniverse - 2005|