In October 2013, the Lumina Foundation released a report on a national study of adult learners. Their report examined expectations, attitudes and needs of adults learners considering going back to school. One of the main findings reveals that adults desire to complete their degrees someday but are concerned about their ability to judge family, work and school at the same time.
For most adult learners, family and work must take priority over school. Children need to eat. Bills must be paid. Suddenly, the phrase “I’ll take a semester off” turns into years. One day, everything in life line up perfectly and one will be able go to back to school, right? Life works out that way for some. However, listen to the stories of graduates and learn about the many friends, family, and co-workers who provided encouragement, study groups, tutoring, babysitting, carpools, etc., to help them reach their goals. It is the community the surrounds and supports an adult learner that makes the difference.
The idea of community support is not new to us. It is how God intended for us to live: as the body of Christ. Galatians 6:2 says “Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.” Why put off today what you can accomplish tomorrow with a little assistance? Who needs your encouragement and support in order to achieve their goals?