Veterans move from combat to classroom

Students millingMature students? That’s what my university called those of my classmates who came in after the first fresh wave of registrants for higher education. After that last regular high school year. After age 21. After maybe leaving school early and graduating from the school of hard knocks, or bouncing back from some disadvantage.

I found the people in the mature student category to be so wildly varied, yet they had in common the potential to enrich our class discussions with their experience and to enlarge our points of view.

So, what of the students who come to college, fresh from military service – perhaps post a deployment or four, or a retirement after a distinguished career – still relatively young in years and yet wizened in the ways of the world. [Read more…]