you are a new student, or returning for the 2003-2004 academic
year, we'd like to take this opportunity to welcome you to Penn
State Erie, The Behrend College and to wish you well in your studies
in the year ahead.
decision for an adult to return to school is very often a difficult
one. Many of us carry tremendous responsibility with family concerns,
work, etc. For others, there are concerns about entering an academic
atmosphere after many years in the home or workforce. As of late,
however, the decision for some of us has become much easier due
to changes in the local employment climate.
is a Returning Adult Student?
years of age or older
of the armed services
after 4 or more years of life experience (employment, homemaking,
multiple roles, such as parent, spouse/partner, in addition
to being a student.
case may be, The Returning Adult Student Organization (RASO) is
here to help. We have all been in the same position you may now
find yourself. We also enjoyed the satisfaction of proving
that we are able to take an entirely new direction in our lives.
We've developed a tremendous feeling of pride from taking control
of our lives. We've celebrated our victories.
The road ahead
will not, by any means, be an easy one. RASO is here though, to
give encouragement, advice, and most importantly, a feeling that
you belong and that YOU CAN DO IT!