Are you thinking about going back to school and finding yourself having fear of being an adult student? Anxiety is normal. Don’t worry, here are some tips you can use to survive.

Fear of Being an Adult StudentWith some planning you can turn these fears around and make the adult learning prospect a positive one.

Your classmates (and some professors!) are so young they consider “Saw” a horror movie classic. Having grown up with Michael Myers and Freddie Kreuger, you sometimes worry you’ll feel out of place as the oldest student in the room.

Fear not: There are more and more nontraditional students filling the seats in college classrooms these days, especially for classes that are given during evening and weekend schedules.

Those test day nightmares will come back. You know the ones — you’re sitting at your desk (probably in your underwear), and are given a test that you totally forgot about and you begin to panic.

Fear not: Having anxiety when you take on a new challenge — like heading back to school — is inevitable, but you can overcome it with support from others. Colleges and career schools alike offer a variety of support staff to help with concerns ranging from academic help to financial aid confusion. Take advantage!

You’ll turn into a zombie. Lack of sleep and a lot on your plate can certainly make you feel like something out of The Walking Dead. That’s why if you’re planning to add an education program into your life, something’s got to give.

Fear not: Be sure that you have plans in place so that you’re not sacrificing sleep for your studies. See how family members can pitch in, and designate a specific time in which you can focus on your schoolwork without interruption. This will help you deal with your fear of being an adult student.

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