I’ve been working as an assistant dean and adviser to our adult learners at Providence College (RI) for more than 20 years. I love serving as treasurer and participating on the ASL Board because of the dedication and passion for adult learners that all Board members have. We do a lot of work, and have a lot of fun as a group!
However, my favorite part of being involved with ASL is you, the adult learner. Close to 20 years ago, before I was married with children, I was planning a trip to Italy with my Mom. I decided to take one year (two semesters) of basic Italian prior to the trip. The classes were wonderful and I’m so glad I took them. However, I could BARELY get my homework done, and this was at a time when I was working full-time but had no family of my own to care for and far fewer responsibilities than you most likely do!
This experience added tremendously to the great respect and admiration that I already had for our adult learners. You have to juggle so many competing priorities, and you find a way to do it well. Frankly, I am in awe of you.
If I could offer one piece of advice gained through my years of working with adult learners, it would be that it is NEVER too late to learn. As a wise student told me at the beginning of my career, “Well, I’m going to be 50 in two years whether I work on my degree or not, so why not be 50 WITH a degree?” So simple, yet so profound. I have shared that story on numerous occasions.
Good luck as you travel on your journey toward a college degree, and know that there are many people incredibly willing and happy to help you – you only need to ask.
Find out more about Anne Nagle here.