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Back to School Isn’t Just for Kids Anymore

August 22, 2012

You’ve worked your entire life and now that you’re retired you’re faced with the question of what to do with all this new free time?  There is no right or wrong answer to this question.  It is a personal decision and may include a wide array of activities.  Retirement is an opportunity to re-examine your life and pursue new possibilities.

More and more new retirees are heading back to school whether it is to obtain a degree that was never completed, attend graduate school or maybe take some special interest classes because you love to learn.  Going back to school may be an unrealized dream for many.  Don’t worry about feeling out of place in the classroom; there is an increase in “non- traditional” students.  A non-traditional student includes older adults both in and out of retirement who return to college later in life.  Changes in the economy, increased lifespan and evolving attitudes about aging have lead to the increase of non-traditional students.

The best option for retirees continuing education is to attend their local community college.  It is less expensive than a 4 year university, but allows you to transfer to a university if that’s your choice.  Brookdale Community College is the local college for all of Regal Home’s communities located in Monmouth County New Jersey.  Brookdale not only offers classes for degree seeking students, but continuing education classes and certificates as well.  Call and speak to someone in the registrar’s office and they will provide you will all the necessary information you need to enroll.

They sometimes say education is wasted on the youth.  When you return to college after retirement you bring so much more to the table because of life experiences.  Perhaps when you return to school after retirement, you send a message to the younger generation that there really is life and a purpose after retirement.  Life is a journey, not an endpoint.  Whatever your retirement dream may be, you can achieve it.

If your dream is to stay active and continue your journey of making new friends and life long memories, contact Regal Homes for more information about an Active Adult Community that is right for you.

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