news • 15 September 2023

Adjusting to Life as a Mature Student at Escape Studios

Written by Timothy Lewis

Second Year 'The Art of Visual Effects' Student

Coming back to higher education as a mature student can be both exhilarating and daunting. You may wonder if you're the only one who didn't follow the traditional path many follow once they finish secondary school. Rest assured, you're not alone as you'll be mixed with other mature students while studying. In fact, being a mature student brings a unique set of advantages and opportunities to you and your classmates that can enrich your university experience while at Escape Studios. 

Life Experience as an Asset 

One of the standout advantages of being a mature student is the wealth of life experiences you can bring to the classroom. Your diverse background can provide a unique perspective during discussions, contributing to more enriching conversations during team projects. You've likely faced real-world challenges, honing your problem-solving and time-management skills, which can prove invaluable during your studies. 

Clearer Goals and Motivation 

You return to education with a clear sense of purpose and an understanding of what you would like to achieve by the time you graduate. You know why you're there and this focus can drive you to excel in your studies and extracurricular activities outside of the classroom. Your motivation can serve as a beacon for yourself and others around you. 

Enhanced Time Management 

Balancing academics, work, and everyday responsibilities as a mature student can be a juggling act. However, it can also sharpen your time management skills. You're more likely to prioritize your time effectively and avoid procrastination, setting a good example for younger peers. 

Strong Support Networks 

During your studies students often form close bonds with each other. You share similar challenges, such as balancing assignments and deadlines within each module, and can provide invaluable support and understanding to each other. 

Lifelong Learning 

University is not just about getting a degree; it's about embracing lifelong learning.  You may find yourself delving into subjects that genuinely interest you, enriching your life in ways you never imagined and making long-term friendships you will take beyond the course. 

Being a mature student at university is a testament to your resilience and commitment to still seeking out personal growth in your life. It offers a unique opportunity to harness your life experiences while you study, pursue your goals with unwavering determination, and build lasting connections. My journey at Escape Studios is not just about earning a degree; it's about embracing the transformative power of education and embarking on a lifelong adventure of self-discovery and personal development.