Written by: Jennifer Dennis
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With around 660 million students in Africa’s ten most populous countries, higher education is a path taken for many across the continent. However, just because you aren’t as young as the typical college student, it doesn’t mean that you can’t partake in many of the learning opportunities out there – even when it comes to following a path of faith and finding wisdom in God’s word. In fact, there are several benefits associated with attending a Christian college at an older age that prove it’s more than okay to do so.

Taking control of your life
There are many reasons to go to school at a later age – for example, launching a second career (or advancing your current one) may require additional schooling, or you may wish to continue a learning journey you started when you were younger. Some people may simply wish to enroll for life fulfillment and a sense of accomplishment. Whatever the reason may be, going to college at a later age can be a great way to take control of your life while gaining career opportunities and valuable skills in the process – no matter what your age may be.  

A greater outlook – and other benefits
Going to a Christian college is a great way to integrate your beliefs and the word of God into your schooling, and can be very beneficial in terms of growing your faith and being a part of a strong community with like-minded people. However, there are other benefits specifically associated with going to college at a later age that are worth knowing as well. For instance, having more life and work experience can allow you to enter college with defined goals and maturity that younger students might have not yet developed. In fact, research shows that most human brains take around 25 years to develop, meaning that you’re more likely to make more mature and sound decisions about your education at a later age – not to mention take things more seriously in terms of graduating, passing classes, and putting in the work and effort that college requires.

Going to college at a later age brings other benefits as well. For example, there are more programs available now, some of which may not have been before, so you’ll have a variety of choices when deciding what to study. You’ll also be able to grow your professional network while you’re there, especially if you’re attending college with other adults who also have previous experience in the working field. This means that you’ll have ample opportunity to learn from and grow with like-minded people whose connections may help you out in the long run when searching for a job or other professional opportunity. 

A variety of options
Going to college at a later age is generally seen as a great decision, though many may worry about making time for it – especially if they have a family to support, bills to pay, and other obligations and responsibilities. This means that you may not have a lot of time to do things like stationary supply shopping, or commuting to class. Luckily, there are several options out there that can assist in providing you with the supplies you need, such as subscription boxes that deliver regularly, and options like online classes can allow you to work your education around your schedule. In fact, receiving a higher education online is a rising trend, especially in SubSaharan Africa. This is because many online options offer flexible and cost-effective coursework, which is ideal for those who need it. And, with several Christian schools to choose from, there’s no reason not to enroll.

Enrolling in higher education at a Christian college is a great way to take control of your life while growing in your faith, and especially so as you grow older. Starting or continuing your college education can allow you to advance your career and gain new skills – and at a later age, there are several benefits that can help to make the adjustment.

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