Top 5 Tips for Adults Returning to School

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Creative Commons Image by Meathead Movers

Are you planning to return to school as an adult? Whether or not you pursued higher education after your high school graduation, you might be wondering how you’ll manage to juggle your obligations of work, home, marriage and maybe even children with your studies. Here are five tips for adults returning to school.

  1. Make friends with your planner. If you need to balance work, family, school and other obligations, you’re going to need to have a schedule that’s firm but flexible. Write down (in ink!) things like your work hours, the time you need to spend commuting to school or your job, the activities that you need to attend with your children, and the times that you have to be in class. Then pencil in the hours that you expect to study, the times you would like to devote to family time, and the time that you’ll spend cleaning, grocery shopping and attending to other needs. Try to stick to this schedule, but leave enough unplanned time available so you can deal with things that come up.
  2. Get your family on board. If you have a spouse and/or children, it’s important to have their support as you enter this new stage of life. If they seem resistant, explain how going back to school will positively impact both you and them. Let them know whether their responsibilities will change, and listen to their input and concerns, while making it clear that you have made this commitment and will be following through on it.
  3. Find a place to study. Too often, busy moms and dads try to get their schoolwork done at the kitchen table while helping kids with homework or doing chores like cooking dinner or loading the dishwasher. The truth is, you need to dedicate uninterrupted time to your studies in order to succeed. If you don’t have a private home office, then consider leaving your house and working from a library or coffeeshop.
  4. Keep your goals in mind. Remember that the going will probably get tough at some point. Instead of being tempted to throw in the towel, take a good look at your financial and personal goals to help you stay motivated. Prepare yourself beforehand for the stress that is almost inevitable to occur; it’s temporary, and once you get more used to your new routine, it will get easier.
  5. Take care of yourself. Don’t let your self-care go by the wayside. Get enough sleep and be sure that you’re eating well. Don’t skip meals or grab fast food as a matter of habit; make up some salads or cut up fruit during a quiet moment so you can help yourself when you get hungry. If you’re having trouble with your classes, seek out your instructor for help. Take care of yourself the way you would urge your adult child to take care of him- or herself!

If you are ready to embark on a new stage of life, consider learning how to become a dental assistant by enrolling in Sunrise Dental Assisting School. Our programs are short in duration and will prepare you for a fulfilling and lucrative career as a dental assistant. Call today to find out when our next session starts!

How to Pay for Dental Assisting School

CC image: Steven Depolo
CC image: Steven Depolo

The choice to go back to school is a financial decision for most people. You are probably looking forward to the potential to make more money in the future, but you might also be concerned with how you’ll pay for it. Fortunately, the Sunrise School of Dental Assisting offers several options for payment, because we would like our program to be affordable for anyone who is interested in expanding his or her career choices.

Pay Upfront
If you have the funds available to pay for dental assisting school upfront, then we encourage you to do so! We periodically offer special incentives and discounts for those paying the whole tuition at once, so be sure to call and ask.

Split It Up
We offer our own financing in that you can split your tuition into two or more payments. One option is to pay half of the fees at the time of enrollment and the other half before the midterm exam. Another is to have a portion of your tuition automatically withdrawn from your checking account over four months, on either a monthly or bi-weekly basis. This spreads out the cost over several months and allows you to budget for it.

Medical Loan
Although Federal funds are not available to pay for dental assisting school, you can take out a medical loan through Care Credit. If you pay off the loan within 18 months, you don’t even pay any interest. One benefit of this program is that you can also use your Care Credit account to pay for certain healthcare services, including eye care, dental services and even veterinary care for your pet. (Note that you need to qualify for an account through Care Credit. You’ll usually receive an answer within a few minutes of applying.)

Tuition Assistance
You might qualify for tuition assistance through the JobLink Career Center if you have been unemployed. Also, if you are the spouse of a military member, you may qualify for tuition funds through MyCAA. Take a look into these programs if you need help paying for dental assisting school.

With several options available, we hope that you will find one that works for your particular circumstances! This will allow you to embark on a new and fulfilling career as a dental assistant, making you more attractive to employers and putting you on the road toward increasing your income. Please call us with any questions you may have.