Is anyone returning to education after a long break?

I got inspired to write this post after reading another one. Here’s my story:

I am currently 27 years old and am a proud Brit. From 2012-2016 I did a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Conservation. But this September after a 5 year break, I will be going back to university to do a 1 year PGCE course, after which I will become a Primary School Teacher.

Has anyone else had a change like this?


Oh that’s cool.
This isn’t my story but my mom’s:
She started a nursing degree a while back but never finished because that was more something her house hold wanted not her. So I think it’s been maybe 10 yrs or so since then, as I was maybe 2-5 yrs old and last year she went back to college to get a degree in sport medicine (or something sports related) so that she can have all her health certifications as a health coach/ nutritionist/ personal trainer. She’s going for her bachelorette and finishes this year.


After dropping out of uni some years ago (studying Games Development), I am considering applying for a different course or courses that’re more local (perhaps administration and tech writing? Don’t know yet). The one thing holding me back more than any other though is my anxiety.


Most universities have mental health teams that would help you manage your anxiety and provide you with a support system. If you truly want to go back to uni you should look into that.

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That’s so awesome. You can do it :slight_smile: I wish you the best of luck!

I became a Nationally Certified Medical Assistant in 2017-2018 and I loved it! I want to continue my education in Nursing but don’t know if that will happen because the past few years I’ve been battling health problems and was diagnosed with a very rare disease. I don’t know if I could handle all the stress & intensity that comes with school when I’m not feeling well all the time :woman_shrugging:t2:

I don’t know about where you’re from but in the UKwe have the option of doing a degree part time, it takes longer though. And there’s always online courses or night school.

Oh wow, I didn’t know that. That’s pretty cool that you can do it part time. I’m in the US and while I could do my pre-reqs online, I wouldn’t be able to do more than that because for nursing it’s a lot of hands on and doing clinics and such!

Well I suggest seeing if you can take any online courses to refresh yourself or learn something new.

I don’t but I wanted to applaud you for doing so! It’s incredibly hard to go back to school after a long time BUT if you have a desire to get an education on something you want to do in life, you should do it! I think it’s great!

Personally, I would never go back to school just because of my experience but I will never tell someone they shouldn’t do it.

Congrats! :tada:

Sad to hear you had a bad experience, I’m just lucky that that my first uni, even though it was far away was brilliant and I made friends for life.

And with this second course, it’s only 1 year and I get to live at home which is cool :slight_smile:

It wasn’t a bad experience per se, I just struggled with school and the amount of stress I was under, was what made it a bad experience.

Well, that’s cool! I wish you the best!!

You could always do an online course or a part time one.if they are available to you.

I already graduated with 2 degrees, I think my school days are over lol. Plus, I have no desire to go back :slightly_smiling_face:


Fair enough :rofl:

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