Around the corner from where I live is a small gym that I drive by every morning on my way to work. Located at a busy intersection, there’s always a good amount of traffic surrounding the site, but of late, I’ve noticed even more people driving in and out of that parking lot than usual. This should come as no surprise, as 2018 is still in its infancy, and many people remain solid in their resolve to stick to their New Year’s Resolution.
Regarding those resolutions, topping the list is of course usually something regarding physical fitness and getting in-shape. Others choose to focus on their mental well-being or even relationships. But having worked in higher education for quite some time, I’ve noticed another sort of resolution for adult learners: to go back to school and earn a degree.
It makes sense if you think about it. How many times in late-December or even early-January do we see or hear the phrase ‘New Year/New You?’ People look at the start of the New Year as a clean slate, and a chance to start over. And along the way throughout my career, I’ve encountered countless people who attended college at one point in time, but life got in the way. They truly did intend to earn their bachelor’s degree, but they instead decided to focus on their career, or they got married and started a family.
Fortunately, the academic calendar operates a little differently for the adult student. While the eighteen year-old co-ed has their bags packed and ready to move into their forced-triple of a dorm room in mid-August, the non-traditional degree-seeking student (most often ages 21 and older), starts working toward that degree that has long eluded them in January or other times throughout the calendar year.
Convenience is key with the adult learner, and this is something that Manhattanville College does quite well. The APPEAL degrees offers accelerated bachelor’s degrees for students (21 years and older) all throughout Westchester County, lower-Fairfield County, and even Manhattan and the boroughs. The classes run in seven-week sessions, so students are never far from another session starting. So if you did in fact make that New Year’s resolution to focus on mental fitness and earning your degree, this might be something to consider. While the first accelerated APPEAL term of 2018 started this past week, there are eight accelerated seven-week courses set to start in early-March.
Alas, some people need plenty of convincing when it comes to taking initiative and getting started on their New Year’s Resolution. So in between researching which local gym offers the best pricing for new members, why not learn more about the APPEAL program at Manhattanville College by attending our next open house and faculty career panel on Wednesday, January 17th at 6:30pm? Here’s a great opportunity to meet faculty, staff, and students from the School of Business, and to take a closer look at our accelerated bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. If nothing else, you’ll feel as though you took one small step toward adhering to that New Year’s Resolution, and it’ll require much less painful exertion than that first trip to the gym.
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