Help a college drop-out convince universities to let her return
January 8, 2010 10:21 AM Subscribe
I've achieved the passion and motivation to go to college that I never had when I was actually attending, so now, at 24, I want to go back. But my post-high school academic career is just miserable. What's the best route for me to return to a good college without breaking the bank?
posted by schroedinger to Education (2 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I burned myself out on academics by the end of high school and spent nearly six years bouncing in and out of a top-tier university. While my high school career speaks of promise ("gifted" classes, great SAT/ACT scores, attained nearly 60 credits at a local university with a 4.0 there), my college career was absolutely awful to the point where I don't provide a transcript to potential employers unless pushed and have debated leaving it off my resume altogether.
Almost a year ago, I decided to abandon school altogether and throw myself full-tilt into a hobby I'm extremely passionate about, to the point of moving to a different area where there is more opportunity to expand my skills in it. Funny how it works, now that my life is centered around something I truly love I actually want to go back to college so I can pursue a career in that area.
I don't know the best way to do this, though. High-schoolers use their high-school performance to apply to college. Adults with careers use their careers as a jumping-off point to continue their education. College-dropouts with low-level jobs and nothing official to their record as proof that they've changed use . . . ? Complicating matters is that I don't have a lot of money to use towards these classes, so taking a lot of extra classes to prove my worth is not a great option unless there's some good financial aid involved (I don't earn a lot of money so hopefully I'd qualify though).
What are my best options here? Try to transfer my university credits from high school? Take a class or two at a community college? I've thought about calling up the admissions offices of the two universities I'm interested in and talking to them, but I also don't want to jinx anything by prematurely exposing myself as an academic failure.
Additional information: My primary interest is kinesiology and I already know which universities I'd like to apply to. I do not want to move from the area I'm currently living in (South Jersey/Philadelphia).