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Adults Belong in College

Jennifer Seifert, co-founder of Adults Belong in College and recent Lancaster graduate, talks with nontraditional students following a presentation on technology and the OHIO website.

Photo courtesy of: Jenny LaRue

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Lancaster campus hosts college information night for nontraditional students


Adults thinking of heading back to the classroom will have an opportunity to learn more about local options during a "So, You Want to Go to College" information session at Ohio University Lancaster, Thursday, Aug. 18, at 6 p.m. in room 414.

Members of Adults Belong in College (ABC), a student support group created by nontraditional (returning adult) students for their peers, will lead a panel discussion and address concerns shared by most nontraditional students.

Co-founder of ABC and recent graduate Lori Dunlap noted that membership is open to any student coming to college after a break, however long the break. "Non-traditional does not have an age requirement."
 
Dunlap also noted what she terms "commonality among nontraditional students:" scheduling, budget issues, smoothing the transition (into college), and the need for mentoring.

Fellow ABC organizer and communications studies graduate Jennifer Seifert encourages nontraditional students to access the group via technology through Facebook (Adults Belong in College) and through their interactive blog for open dialogue at Wordpress. She and Dunlap recognize that adult students often do not have time for face-to-face meetings and appreciate other avenues of support.

Dunlap also will discuss the Bachelor of Specialized Studies degree, an option that allowed her to develop a course of study suited to her career goals.

Pat Fox, enrollment manager and financial aid counselor, will share information on scholarships, loans and grants and the required forms.

Kim Jeffers, transition advisor at the Lancaster campus and a former nontraditional student, organized the info session.

"While high school (traditional) students often have assistance from their parents or guidance counselors, nontraditional students typically have no one to guide them, to take them through the steps. We’re here, and we welcome returning adult students," Jeffers said.

The information session is free and open to the public.