Mature student looking for admissions advice
October 3, 2012 11:15 AM Subscribe
How do I find a consultant or service to provide admission/application advice to an adult returning to university? I am in Ontario, Canada.
Short version: Does such a service exist and if so how do I find a number in order to find the right one for me? Can you recommend one? If necessary, further information below ....
I am an immigrant to Canada, in my 30s and with a degree from my native country - I have not had any formal education for more than 15 years. I have a continuous work history both here and abroad (ie am not one of the cab driving surgeons or the like) and am interested in returning to college or university to get a second degree. I spend pretty much no time around students and my home country has an education system very, very different to those in North America so in doing my own research I'm getting bogged down a lot in the terminology, confusion over how much of the published information is relevant to my "not an adult with no degree or a high school student from this province" background, as well as the fact that I don't know the reputation etc of the institutions in my locale. I've made a few calls to colleges near me but haven't found much help and am unsure I'm even asking the right questions.
What I would like in an ideal world - someone who knows the system here intimately to look at my areas of interest, suggest the right school/s to target, point me in the direction of local resources to take prerequisites if I am missing any (I took no sciences in my version of high school for example), talk me through the application process for my own situation, and leave me capable of developing a sensible to-do list of whatever is most vital and maybe some target dates. Also tell me honestly if I am wasting my time to even be considering this. I'm not massively wealthy or anything, but feel I'm spinning my wheels so would be willing to pay appropriately for this or some of this. Googling has found a number, but they all seem to be in the US and aimed at high-maintenance parents of teens looking to get into ivy league colleges.
Thank you for any advice you can offer!