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January 2009

Benefits of Going Back to School Later in Life

Benefits of Going Back to School Later in Life, by Rebecca Little, futureLMT.comThere are many benefits of going back to school. Perhaps you chose a career after high school or college that paid the bills, but didn’t fulfill your dreams and aspirations or correspond with your interests. You yearn to go to massage school and begin a new path, but have reservations about going back to school later in life. Throw out your doubt! You can do this. The challenge of returning to school brings the delight of learning and the experience of something new every day.

The positives of going back to school later in life are endless. Maturity and open-mindedness top the list. Your years in the workforce have prepared you for dealing with many different situations and many different types of people. As a student again, your age works to your advantage and is irrelevant in your connections and relationships with people of all ages and backgrounds.

Three exceptional opportunities present themselves when going back to school: personal growth, intellectual growth and challenges, and finding a new career.

Personal growth
Many of us lose sight of who we are after many years at the same job, raising a family and upholding responsibilities. Becoming a student again is a chance for you to reconnect with yourself. It is the opportunity to explore, find and create new interests and passions. You are able to let your guard down and become a student again, rather than always feeling the pressure of being the '

teacher, boss, mother, father, provider, mentor, etc.

Intellectual growth and challenges
As a student, there is an awareness of realizing how much unused capacity there is in the human brain. The expansion that is available at any age is endless and a waste not to use. The challenge is to dedicate a large investment of time to expand your knowledge and skills without being monetarily rewarded, leading to an amazing sense of accomplishment and gratitude when finished.

Finding a new career
Massage school brings an opportunity to make a shift from the ordinary, or from what is expected, to finding a new career especially for you. Rather than having a path laid before you, there is a sense of freedom to choose your own journey.

Rebecca Little, Benefits of Going Back to School Later in Life, futureLMT.comRebecca Little is a Certified Massage Therapist in Boulder, Colorado. She went back to school at age 45 and attended Boulder College of Massage Therapy (BCMT).  She is currently an Admissions Coordinator at BCMT and has a private massage practice. She is an advocate in educating clients and students about the importance of honoring and respecting the human body, mind and spirit through proper self-care and healthy living, including positive body awareness, good nutrition, staying active, deep relaxation and enjoying the numerous health benefits of massage therapy and touch. A former restaurant owner and mother of two adult children, choosing a career in massage therapy was a perfect fit for her nurturing soul.

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